Leap Day Deals, Activities, And Fun Facts

This coming Monday is Leap Day which, as we all know, only comes around once every four years. In addition to dressing up like Leap Day William in yellow and blue (you know, as tradition dictates), I’ve rounded up some fun ways to celebrate come February 29. Think of it as my Leap Day gift to you.


  • Great American Cookies: Were you lucky enough to be born on February 29? If so, be sure to hit up your local Great American Cookies location (with a valid ID — proving your birthday — in tow) for a free cookie CAKE. (Yep — not just one measly cookie. The whole cake. Think of it as four years’ worth of birthday cookies.)
  • Legal Sea Foods: Dine on February 29 and get two one-pound lobsters and two sides for a mere $29 (whether your birthday falls on February 29 or not).
  • Hard Rock Cafe: This one’s for those lucky Leap Day birthday folks again. Hard Rock has crafted a “Leaplings Eat Free” menu with six free entree choices on Monday.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Club Tropical members get any 24-ounce classic smoothie for $2.29 (regularly $4+) on Leap Day 29.
  • Olive Garden: Leap Day birthday celebrators, consider eating at Olive Garden on February 29 and get a free dessert — a dessert flight with four small desserts, in fact — with a coupon on their Facebook page.
  • Expedia: Save up to 29% off select hotels worldwide with reservations made on the Expedia mobile app on or before February 29.
  • CheapOair: Use code GETAWAYS30 to save up to $30 on getaway vacations through Leap Day.

Activities (these are mostly for kids, but obviously any Leap Day lover can participate!):

frog cupcakes

apple frog

oreo frogs

  • Fold together an army of origami frogs. (Did you know “army” is the name for a group of frogs?)

origami frogs

lily pads

Fun Facts:

  • We have the ancient Egyptians to thank for Leap Day, as they were the first to realize that the solar year didn’t quiiiiiiite align with the man-made calendar year.
  • However, it was Julius Cesar who officially designated February 29 as Leap Day waaaaay back in 45 B.C.
  • Astrologers believe that those born on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special birthday status.
  • Since 1988, the town of Anthony, Texas, has called itself the Leap Year capital of the world, organizing a Leap Year festival and inviting Leap Year babies (“leapings”) from around the world to join them.

leap year festival


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