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Free Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday
Is it your birthday month? Here’s a list of free stuff
Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Ride the City Sightseeing Bus, the cable way and Cape Wheel on your birthday. Or get a free doughnut or cake and more. All free on your birthday.
GO ON A LEISURELY CYCLE ALONG THE PROMENADE
Start (or end) your day with one of the loveliest ways to experience Cape Town outdoors – a free ride on the Sea Point promenade. UpCycles grants all the birthday people one hour free on one of its easy-to-ride bikes along the seaside route. Bring your ID along to access your gift.
074 100 9161 | upcycles.co.za
SEE THE COUNTRY’S TOP EXHIBITIONS
You’ll find the much-lauded Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in the Silo District of The Waterfront. It boasts gallery spaces on nine floors, and has awesome views of the city bowl and The Waterfront from the top floor. Present your ID or African passport at the entrance on your special day and you don’t pay at the Zeitz MOCAA.
V&A Waterfront Silo District, S Arm Rd, Waterfront | Cape Town | 087 350 4777 | zeitzmocaa.museum
SAVOUR A COFFEE AND A SLICE OF CAKE
Fancy having your cake and eating it? Stop by at one of South Africa's favourite cafés, Mugg & Bean, for a decadent slice of cake and a cup of coffee. When you download the Mugg & Bean app, you’ll get a cappuccino and slice of cake on the house on your next birthday.
Various locations | 0860 672326 | muggandbean.co.za | This image is an illustration, not from Mugg and Bean. Image: Crazy Cake (Unsplash)
A GIFT OF CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
If it's the week of your birthday and it falls within the Galileo Open Air Cinema’s schedule, you’ll receive one free movie ticket, a backrest and blanket. Do make sure, though, that the rest of your entourage pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment. If you’d like to arrive early to set-up for your birthday bash or perhaps arrange for an on-screen birthday message for a friend, contact The Galileo beforehand. This birthday special is not valid for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s or Easter special screenings. Get the schedule and read more about The Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Various locations | +28(0)71 471 8728 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTER THE AQUARIUM GRATIS
Enter the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront for free on your birthday and 6 days after – that’s a whole week’s chance to experience this awesome underwater world. Just bring your South African ID along to the ticket office on your birthday. Get more info and discover 15 cool things you can do at the aquarium in our post on the Two Oceans Aquarium’s free birthdays.
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823, email@example.com
TAKE A TRIP UP A NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers a free return trip to South Africans over the age of 4 for your birthday. If your day falls during the annual maintenance period, you can secure your ticket one week before or after that period. For details on how to access it, visit the website. Bonus if your birthday falls between 1 November and 28 February (bar the Christmas/New Year week) when the Cableway also offers their annual sunset special. In that case, your South African guests can get a return ticket for half the price after 6pm at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.
Tafelberg Road, Gardens, Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 0015, firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR CHILD + FRIEND ON A CITY BUS TOUR
The City Sightseeing buses are double-decker hop-on, hop-off buses that offer tours all over Cape Town. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 years get a free one-day classic bus ticket for their birthday. The birthday child can also bring along one friend for free on the day (also aged 5–15). The party must be accompanied by at least one adult riding at full price. You need to register your child at least two weeks before the birthday to receive the ticket by e-mail, which will be valid for four weeks (one week before the child’s birthday and three weeks after).
Classic Bus Ticket info | Various locations | +27(0)21 511 6000, email@example.com
TAKE A WHIRL ON THE CAPE WHEEL
Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Cape Wheel for free on your birthday. Fill in the application form online and on your birthday you will receive a birthday voucher via email, valid for 30 days Bring a printout and your ID to the ticket booth to enjoy your free ride. Enjoy panoramic views on your birthday at The Cape Wheel.
Online application form | V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town | +27(0)21 418 2502 | firstname.lastname@example.org
R100 VOUCHER AT CAPE TOWN FISH MARKET
Get a Cape Town Fish Market loyalty card and receive a R100 voucher (valid for 30 days from the date of your birthday) on your special day. You can get a card at any store and find more information online.
Various locations | 083 4002 005 | email@example.com
ENJOY A FILM AT THE CINEMA
NuMetro offers birthday surprises to customers that are registered as Nu Metro Scene Club members. The surprise needs to be claimed within seven days after your birthday by providing the cinema with your membership card. The surprise differs from each Nu Metro Cinema. Join the Ster Kinekor SK Club and you’ll get a free 2D / 3D ticket on your birthday (valid for seven days). Please note that it's only valid for titles a week after release and doesn't apply to IMAX / Cine Prestige.
Various locations | firstname.lastname@example.org, 0861 668 437, email@example.com | +27(0)861 246 362 | Join NuMetro | This image is an illustration, not from Nu Metro. Image: Corina Rainer (Unsplash)
THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT
You can get a dozen original Krispy Kreme Doughnuts glazed donuts on your birthday if you sign up for the rewards app. And, just for signing up, you get a free donut too!
Various locations | 010 006 0400 | www.krispykremesa.com |This image is an illustration, not form Krispy Kreme. Image: Annie Spratt (Unsplash)
DO SOMETHING FOR FREE (ANY DAY) IN CAPE TOWN
If you love free things, check out our list of things to do free in Cape Town.