ABC News’ Elisabeth Leamy and Matthew Reynard report:
It’s summertime and the weekend is right around the corner, so we’re offering Weekend Freebies, great free ways to keep you and your kids busy. The giveaways companies offer are remarkable, if you just know where to look. We’ve searched and sleuthed across the country to bring you the best free stuff for kids and adults.
Weekend Freebies as seen on ‘GMA’
1. Chick-fil-A: 1 Free Meal If You Dress Up as a Cow From Head to Hoof. Retail value: $8
Halloween isn’t the only day you can dress up and get free stuff. For one day only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the nation. In celebration of July 13, Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A will award a FREE Meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to any customer who comes to one of their 1,600-plus restaurants fully dressed as a cow.
Available Friday July 13, 2012. See company website for rules.
2. PGA: 1 Round of Golf for Kids. Retail value: $100
July is family golf month and the PGA is waving its fess for junior golfers entirely when accompanied by a paying adult. There are nearly 2,400 facilities across the country registered to host free and affordable family golf programs throughout July and the rest of the summer.
Available until Sunday July 15, 2012. See company website for rules.
3. Barnes & Noble: Read 8 books, Get 9th Book Free. Retail value: $11
First- to sixth-graders can read any eight books and record them in Barnes & Noble’s reading journal, bring the completed reading journal to your local Barnes & Noble and choose a free book from their selection on the Reading Journal list at the store. The best part? The eight books don’t have to be from Barnes & Noble.
Available until Sept. 4, 2012. See company website for rules.
4. USTA: Free One-Year Membership for Kids. Retail value: $20
Here is your child’s opportunity to experience the fun of tennis. For kids younger than 10, you can participate in USTA junior tournaments and the USTA Jr. Team Tennis. You’ll also get a subscription to the Bounce newsletter.
Available: Offer ends Dec. 31, 2012. See store for rules.
5. Dippin’ Dots: Free Dippin’ Dots Cluster Ice Cream. Retail value: $4
Need a free way to cool off from the heat this weekend? Print this coupon or show the coupon on your smart phone and get a free sample of Dippin’ Dots Clusterz. They’re ice cream dots clustered with rich crunchy chocolate. This is only offered on National Ice Cream Day Eve.
Available: Saturday July 14, 2012, only from 7-9 p.m. See company website for rules.
GMA WEB EXCLUSIVE:
Dippin’ Dots is running an online promotion good for: Buy two gallons of Dippin’ Dots, get a third gallon free. For GMA, they will extend that offer to also include a free gift for the first 100 orders placed by end of the day (11:59 p.m. ET) on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 15. The free gift will be a travel mug. You must enter the promo code GMA12 during the checkout process to receive the mug. Only valid for online orders placed here at Dippin’ Dots.
6. Starbucks: Free tall Starbucks Refresher drink. Retail Value: $3.50
In the summertime heat this weekend, grab a free drink to refresh. Starbucks Refreshers beverages in Very Berry Hibiscus and Cool Lime flavors at Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada will be available for you to try for free Friday.
Available Friday, July 13, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. local time. See company website for rules.
Web Exclusive Weekend Freebies
7. Sleep Number: Free Travel Pillow. Retail Value: $13
Head over to the Sleep Number Facebook page, like them, and get a coupon for a free Travel Pillow when you find your Sleep Number setting at your local Sleep Number store. These pillows have been so popular that they might be out of stock soon.
Valid until Aug. 15. See company website for rules.