How to Get Free Jeni’s Ice Cream on Your Birthday!

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Birthday freebies
abound but it’s hard to beat a free trio sized ice cream at your local Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on your birthday!

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Salty Caramel and Dark Chocolate in a cone at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Grandview

My go to: Salty Caramel and Dark Chocolate.

Some people keep a list of all of the birthday freebies and make a point of hitting them all up within the given timeframe. But there is only ONE birthday freebie my family goes out of its way to claim and that’s your free birthday ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!

How do you get your free birthday ice cream at Jeni’s?

It’s pretty easy to get your free ice cream BUT it does require a few specific steps! So read on to find out how to enjoy this extra special birthday freebie!

ice cream cone at Jeni's Ice Cream in Columbus, Ohio

Salty Caramel and Dark Chocolate makes another appearance.

1. Show up ON your birthday.

This isn’t one of those birthday freebies that lasts a month or even a week. It must be your EXACT birthday! And yes, you must show proof which leads us to step number two.

2. Show your ID.

In order to prove it is your birthday, you must show an ID with your birthdate! (Otherwise, every day would be my birthday. wink wink.) But “what about the kids?” you ask! Parents can vouch for their children on their birthday. 

That’s it, just two steps and you’re on your way to getting your free birthday ice cream at Jeni’s!

Jeni's Ice Cream in a waffle cone.

For a real treat try the Buttercrisp Waffle Cone – made fresh in shops daily!

What size ice cream can you get on your birthday?

On your birthday you can get a free single, standard or trio sized ice cream in a cup or a cone. Who wouldn’t get the trio?? Seriously, I can’t think of one reason not to! As you can see below, my husband sure did!

man pointing at his free Jeni's ice cream on his birthday in Columbus, Ohio

Oh yeah! He went for the trio.

Where are Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Scoop Shops Located?

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are in 14 cities and counting, but Columbus, Ohio is the home of Jeni’s and we are proud of it!

a bowl of Jeni's Ice Cream at Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons is one of my favorite Jeni’s locations in Columbus!

Jeni’s Ice Cream Scoop Shop locations in Columbus include:

  • North Market (home of the first Jeni’s) – 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Grandview Heights – 1281 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
  • Short North – 714 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Dublin – 1 W. Bridge St., Dublin, OH 43017
  • Clintonville – 4247 N. High St., Clintonville, OH 43214
  • German Village – 900 Mohawk St., Columbus, OH 43206
  • Columbus Commons – 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Easton – 3998 Gramercy St., Columbus, OH 43219

And now indulge me for some of my favorite Jeni’s memories like . . .

two women holding ice cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Scoop Shop

That time I ran into my friend and birthday twin Erin, (aka the Spiffy Cookie) getting our free birthday ice cream!

Jeni Britton Bauer and Julie Miller at This Week News

And oh yeah, that one time I did a podcast with Jeni herself about ice cream. What?! And yes, I was freaking out inside. You can listen to that podcast here on The Great Food Debate.

If for some sad reason you do not live near a Jeni’s Scoop Shop, you can order online and have it shipped nationwide OR you get one of her recipe books (I have this one) and make it at home! (Yes, you will need an ice cream machine like this adorable pink one.) My parents bought me Jeni’s first book and an ice cream maker for Christmas one year. It was a great gift idea!

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Now you know all you need to know so that you don’t miss out on your free birthday ice cream! Happy Birthday to you!

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The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail

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The West Side of Columbus his home to several unique ice cream shops featuring soft serve, Mexican paletas, milkshakes and more!!

I love ice cream! So of course I have an ongoing list of ice cream shops to try around Columbus! When we moved to Westgate, we discovered that the West Side of Columbus is full of hidden gems when it comes to ice cream! Lucky me! Put these on your summer bucket list ASAP!

The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail:

1. Cream & Sugar

  • 2185 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43223

ice cream cone at Cream & Sugar Columbus, Ohio

Any place that has an ice cream flavor called Exhausted Parent earns my business! Cream & Sugar on Sullivant Ave. is open every day from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM during the spring and summer seasons. This is a walk-up shop with seating outside.

Kids Cones are just $1! Cream & Sugar makes a very creamy ice cream. I recommend kids get it in a bowl rather than a cone because its texture is so creamy that it needs more structure to hold up! Choose between soft serve and hand dipped cone options as well as a variety of other treats!

boy and ice cream cone at Cream & Sugar, Columbus, Ohio


2. La Plaza Tapatia

  • 255 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

La Plaza Tapatia moved to a brand new location in 2021! This location has an expanded grocery store, tons of prepared Mexican specialty foods, a coffee bar, a food truck pad, a candy shop and Titi’s Heladitos: an ice cream shop within the store!

There are tons of ice cream and paleta flavors, all of them bright and beckoning! How to decide?! Grab a snack and head out to the patio to enjoy it or peruse this massive Mexican market for more tasty finds! It’s a gem!

Looking for more unique things to do in Columbus? Read Off the Beaten Path: 15 Unique Things to do in Columbus Ohio!


3. Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory

  • 4201 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

boy eating ice cream at Dulce Vida West, Columbus Ohio

This bright and colorful place is one of our favorites! My whole family loves the paletas here and there are also lots of flavors of hand dipped ice cream to choose from! Dulce Vida West offers a lot of indoor seating and some other food options as well! 

Oreo Paleta at Dulce Vida West, Columbus, Ohio

My kids are always choosing the most brightly colored paleta but I’m a sucker for the Oreo flavor!


4. Hilltop Dairy Twist

  • 2860 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43204

Hilltop Dairy Twist, Columbus, Ohio

I love Hilltop Dairy Twist because it’s your classic, no frills dariette. This was the kind of thing I grew up with in Wayne County, Ohio – locally owned dariettes serving soft serve, flurries and sundaes plus a whole menu of food options!

I couldn’t find anything like this in Columbus until I drove past Hilltop Dairy Twist one day while working! The sign outside boasted 40 flavors of soft serve and I knew I had to check it out! Just on the edge of Westgate, I am thrilled to be able to make this an affordable go-to ice cream spot! 

boy eating ice cream at Hilltop Dairy Twist, Columbus, Ohio

This is a walk up spot with outdoor seating. Cash only!


5. Tony’s Coneys

  • 5266 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

ice cream shop at Tony's Coneys, Columbus, Ohio

You might not guess that Tony’s Coneys serves ice cream, but inside the restaurant, there is a separate room just for the ice cream shop! Not only does Tony’s serve, well, coneys, they have a pretty extensive menu of food! There is indoor and outdoor seating and a walk up option. Soft serve cones for kids are $1 and I HIGHLY recommend the chocolate malt milkshake! Yum!

boy eating ice cream at Tony's Coneys, Columbus, Ohio


6. Double Happy

  • 1280 Brown Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43223 

milkshake at double happy, columbus, ohio

This place is a total hidden gem! A walk-up ice cream shop that sells an absurdly long list of milkshakes! (Not that I’m complaining!) The list of hand blended milk shakes includes unique flavors like Banana Jam, Apple Mint, Pina Colada, Espresso, Raspberry Chai, Elvis Special and more! Or you can go out on a limb and create your own flavor combination!

boys drinking milkshakes at Double Happy, Columbus, Ohio

I chose the Espresso milk shake which is made with Stauf’s Espresso syrup and vanilla ice cream! My boys chose blue cotton candy because that’s what they do every. single. time.

The shop sells more than just milkshakes! Coffee, sundaes, and soft serve are also available as well as lunch options like chicken wraps and chicken and waffles!


7. El Ranchito Artisan Ice Cream and Snacks

  • 1275 Brown Rd, Columbus, OH 43223

El Ranchito, Columbus, Ohio

Situated right across the street from Double Happy is a new (opened in July 2019) Mexican ice cream shop! This shop is right next door to El Ranchito Taqueria and serves handmade ice cream and paletas! The shop does not have inside seating but there is an attached porch with several tables and chairs.

ice cream cone at El Ranchito, Columbus, Ohio

I always love the fun and colorful ice cream selections at Mexican ice cream shops. Paletas are my favorite, but I’ve been on a cookies and cream streak lately. It’s not too original, but it’s tasty!


You might also want to check out 5 on Friday: Unique Ice Cream Spots to add to your list! 😉

Need even more ideas? Check out Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 14-16, 2017

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Did you see this week’s post: Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week? Check it out for a list of summer events happening all throughout the week!

1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. at the Coffman Park Amphitheater

When: Monday – Friday, July 10-14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-410-4550

Watch this adaptation of Disney’s Little Mermaid in the outdoor Amphitheater! Tickets are $5/person.

2. Steam Threshers Festival in Pastime Park

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 13 – 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 344-350 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-270-0007

This annual show includes a large tractor and engine display as well as nightly entertainment featuring lawnmower races, horse pulls, truck and tractor pulls and a parade! $5/person. Children 12 and under are free.

3. Picktown Palooza in Olde Pickerington Village

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 13-16, 2017
Time: Thursday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 100 Lockville Rd., Pickerington, OH 41347
Phone: 614-379-2099

This is a 4 day celebration of community that includes live entertainment, the Freedom 5K and Kids Fun Run, carnival rides, a car and bike show, food vendors and Kids’Corner and more! Tickets can be purchased online.

4. 80th Birthday Celebration at Krispy Kreme

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: participating Krispy Kreme locations

If you buy one dozen donuts at regular price, Krispy Kreme will sell you a second dozen donuts for $.80 on Friday to celebrate their 80th birthday!

5. KidX Club: Backyard Biologist

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy. , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Preservation Parks of Delaware County will be at this week’s KidX Club to help kids explore life outdoors! This event takes place at the outdoor fountain area of the mall. Bring a book to donate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and children will pick out a treat from the treasure chest! Also, kids eat free at the Pub on Fridays!

6. From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday-Thursday, July 14-20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

GFC has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to bring your family these great films inspired by books! This week’s film is Spy Kids. Daytime admission is free with your library card!

7. Flicks on the Bricks at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This fun evening at Hilliard’s Station Park has a Christmas theme! There will be live reindeer, santa, a snow machine and live snow globe, snowball game and more! The movie being shown is Christmas Vacation!

8. Movie at the Park at Stradley Park

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: 36 S. High St., Canal Winchester, OH 32926

Storks is the free movie being shown in the park on Friday night! Canal Winchester Human Services will be collecting donations of diapers and baby items for the Community Food Pantry. It is suggested you arrive early to get a seat!

9. Westgate Farmer’s Market the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and live music! This week’s food trucks are Explorers Club, Erin’s Lunchbox and Cream & Sugar!

10. 10TV & Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Big Meadows Picnic Area, 9466 US-23, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This free family celebration of summer includes playing in the creek, rock climbing, sack races, live animals and lots of other outdoor activities! Channel 10 news anchors will be on site all day as well!

11. Franklin County Fair

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 15-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday & Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
Location: 5043 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-7235

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Franklin County Fair. Visit the kids tent for activities for games, crafts and other activities!

12. Sensory Friendly Films: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

This special showing is for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities. The show will be at a lower volume and brighter atmosphere. This is a free event featuring the movie based on the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

13. The Turtle Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Turtle Lady will be on site with her turtles! Kids can make a turtle craft, too! Free with admission.

14. Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 39 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

This Block Party style event includes music, food, face painting, free haircuts, caricatures, games, crafts and more! Free lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM!

15. From Book to Film in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: Dusk
Location: ​480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Movies at Topiary Park include free popcorn, a food truck and activities. This weekend’s movie is Curious George!

16. National Ice Cream Day Deals around Columbus

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Make sure to follow my Facebook Page for a fun giveaway on National Ice Cream Day (Sunday)!

17. West Side Community Baby Shower

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2622 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

If you live on the West side of Columbus and are pregnant or have a baby under 3 months old, you are invited to the Westside Community Baby Shower! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, food, Community Health Workers and more! You can also donate diapers, food and baby items to this event. See all the info at the link above!

18. Summer Reading Road Trip at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-0290

Join in this reading festival hosted by Scholastic and Fundamentals  where there will be giveaways, crafts, games and your favorite Scholastic book characters! There will be 3 author/illustrators in attendance as well! See more about Fundamentals here.


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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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