There are only a few things in life that feel better than receiving a gift on your birthday. Well, the Mother City – the city that keeps on giving – has a few gifts wrapped up for you too.
Let’s face it, we all love a freebie and being able to explore the Cape for free on our birthday or during our birthday month is simply the cherry on top of a special celebration.
Check out these 10 exciting birthday experiences (for free!):
A movie under the stars with Galileo
The Galileo Open Air Cinema has quickly become a Cape Town staple experience that every Capetonian has to experience at least once in their lifetime.
During your birthday week (starting on a Monday, ending on a Sunday), bring along your ID to be gifted a free backrest, free blanket, and a free movie experience under the stars.
Make sure that your birthday entourage pre-books their tickets because if the movie is sold out, they’ll have to spend the evening outside the theatre venue while you enjoy your free film.
Quench your thirst with a complimentary Starbucks
If you’re a Starbucks lover and a Rewards member who’s made it all the way to gold status, you get to enjoy a complimentary handcrafted drink to commemorate the day you were born.
In case you’re wondering if it’s worth obtaining gold status, not only do gold members receive a free birthday beverage, they also receive “gold member only” invitations to exclusive events and get early access to newly released beverages.
An adrenaline rush on the Sky-Hi Ride
PSA to all adrenaline-seekers! You can experience the gravity-defying Sky-Hi Ride for free during your birthday month. You also get to purchase the after-ride video at a discounted rate if you’d like to relive the adrenaline-filled moment.
All you need to do is use your ID number when booking your tickets on Webtickets.
Treat yourself at Sorbet
Not that anyone requires an excuse to get pampered, but surely becoming a year older and a little wiser is a good enough reason to treat yourself. Sorbet Nail Bar and Beauty salon club members score up to 50% off specific services and products throughout their birthday month.
Simply bring along proof of your birth date and indulge in a personal pamper party.
A leisurely cycle along the promenade
One of the best ways to spend your birthday is heading outdoors, and UpCycles’ birthday special will put you in a celebratory mood in no time. Explore the Sea Point promenade by bike for an hour free; just bring along some proof of your birth date.
An artsy visit to the Zeitz MOCAA
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is a public, not-for-profit institution rotating temporary exhibitions and a dedicated space for a permanent collection.
Stop by on any day during your birthday month (Tuesdays to Sundays), show your valid South African ID or African passport reflecting your birth date, and your day of fun at the museum will be free!
Dig into a slice of cake from Mugg & Bean
What’s a birthday without some cake? Download the Mugg & Bean rewards app and enjoy a generous slice of their decadent cakes on your birthday. Every year on your birthday, check your app for the special reward.
Better yet, you get a complimentary cup of Easy Cappuccino just for downloading the app. Once you’ve signed up and registered, you’ll notice that your “bean balance” is already at 250 beans, which you can use to redeem your Easy Cappuccino.
Explore marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Explore the ocean treasures and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium on your birthday or six days thereafter for free admission for the whole day.
Simply stop by, show a valid ID that reflects your date of birth, and your day of exploration of our ocean wonders at the Aquarium is free! This offer is available to South Africans only from ages 4 and older.
A ride to the top of Cape Town’s treasure
If ever you’ve wanted to ride the cable car, why not embark on the adventure on your special day? Collect and redeem your free birthday cableway ticket on any day of the calendar month in which your birthday falls.
You cannot use your ticket the following month, and this offer is only available to South African citizens. You will also have to present a valid South African ID, South African driving licence or South African birth certificate on arrival at the cableway.
Bite into some free donuts with Krispy Kremes
You can treat yourself (and loved ones too) to a whole dozen of original Krispy Kreme donuts on your birthday for free if you sign up for their rewards app. And just for signing up, you get a free donut too!