LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Many museums, zoos, amusement parks and cinemas offer birthday specials. Calling ahead can pay off with free admission or concession treats.
AT EVENTS: Sign up for tastings at a local wine shop, or swing by an art gallery opening for a little culture along with some light appetizers and drinks.
AT GAMES: Before planning a trip to the ballpark or ice rink, look up the schedule online. Many venues give away caps or other souvenirs on specified dates.