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Here Are 3 Days Your Kid Can Get Freebies at Toys R Us

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Lego Batman. A new set of Pokemon cards. And Geoffrey the Giraffe, the Toys R Us mascot.

All these things are featured prominently in upcoming giveaways and in-store events at your local Toys R Us store.

So if you need a warm place to take the kids on a wintry weekend, here’s an option for several upcoming Saturdays.

Here’s our rundown of the freebies offered at all of the toy giant’s retail stores.

Pokemon event: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. This Pokemon trade-and-collect event is open to kids ages 6 and up, as well as adult collectors. (You know who you are, guys.)

Participants will receive an exclusive free “Cosmog foil card” and a Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon collector’s album. This event is timed to celebrate the release date of a new Sun & Moon card set for the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

Kids can also enjoy a free Pokemon coloring activity.

It’s limited to one giveaway per customer. (Translation: NO HOARDING OF THE FREE CARDS, people.)

Lego Batman event: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. “The Lego Batman Movie” hits theaters Friday, Feb. 10. The next day, kids ages 6 and up can score a free Lego Bat-Car at this Toys R Us event.

This is a “building event,” meaning your offspring will build this Lego kit right there in the store before they take it home.

The free Lego kit in question is “Emmet’s Bat-Car,” a small version of the Batmobile.

It’s not clear what the retail price for this Lego kit will be when it’s on sale in stores. A similar Lego kit — Emmet’s car from the first Lego Movie — is selling for $21.45 plus $4.49 shipping on Amazon, and for $21.99 plus $7.95 shipping at Walmart.com.

Also at this Feb. 11 in-store event, kiddos can participate in an Arkham Asylum Breakout Hunt. That might involve playing with the huge, $150 Arkham Asylum set from the Lego Batman Movie line of toys.

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club events: These are in-store events held from 3 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. The next three are Feb. 4, March 4 and April 1.

Geoffrey the Giraffe is the Toys R Us mascot and “spokesanimal.” (A note of trivia: He was originally called Dr. G. Raffe. Marketers changed his name, because marketers.)

If you sign your child up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club here, your child will receive a birthday card and coupon in the mail shortly before their next birthday, along with an invitation to the next Birthday Club event at the nearest Toys R Us location.

If you present this coupon at the event, your kiddo gets a free Geoffrey plush toy and storybook.

Pro tip: Because supplies are limited and Toys R Us hands out these giveaways on a first-come, first-served basis, it’s best to show up early. You definitely don’t want to breeze in late and risk disappointing little Junior if the goodies run out.

A final note: As always, bring your willpower and parenting skills to these events — because you’ll be plopping your kid down in the middle of a giant toy store.

Your Turn: Have you ever attended a children’s event at Toys R Us?

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He has two kids and typically needs a really good reason to go to Toys R Us. Free stuff is a valid reason.

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