Free birthday stuff and more

HOUSTON To celebrate your birthday, some restaurants go all out by offering $5 gift vouchers, even one for $30. But for kids, it doesn't have to be their birthday to get a free meal.

With kids back at school, you may find yourself searching for dinner ideas. Well no need to sweat Wednesdays because at James Coney Island kids eat free from 4pm to close. For this deal, kids ages 10 and under get a kiddie combo meal for free with the purchase of a regular combo meal. It's dine-in only and children must be present.

If you don't have plans tonight, check out the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China performing this weekend at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The touring company will have two shows, one tonight and one Saturday night, both at 8pm. If you can't make it to the show this weekend, next Friday, September 3, the Miller Outdoor Theatre and the City of Houston will be hosting District D night at the movies. The popular movie 'Avatar' will be playing at 7:30pm.

If your birthday is around the corner or even if it's not, sign up for these two freebies in honor of your big day. First, Jason's Deli has a free $5 gift certificate when you join their e-mail club. All you have to is sign up at and a week before your birthday you'll get a $5 off coupon delivered to your in box.

During your birthday month at Benihana, you'll actually get a $30 birthday certificate. In order to get your voucher, you'll have to join the Benihana's Chef's Table at It's free to register but you will need to provide your e-mail address.

Calling all dog lovers. Niki Niko's and Market Square Park are hosting a party Saturday from 2pm to 9pm at the newly renovated Market Square Park at 301 Milam at Congress. There are new sculptures and a dog run. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Annise Parker takes place at 6pm followed by live music, food and drinks. There will also be giveaways plus pet portraits.

Here's a free activity for kids. Head to and register your kids for the popular build and grow clinics. The clinic is Saturday from 10am - 11am. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Space is limited to be sure to reserve your spot online or call ahead.

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