As a “Leap Year Baby” I’m delighted that such places as Navy Pier, among Chicago’s top attractions, is recognizing the day with a bunch of freebies. Because parking at Navy Pier as with other Chicago garages is pricey, a big freebie is no parking fee on Feb. 29.
I also love that youngsters may learn that Feb. 29 comes around only once in four years. Maybe they will ask about it when parents take them to the Children’s Museum on the Pier. The museum is charging only 29 cents for children 15 and younger on Feb. 29.
The nice thing about the Pier promotion is that you don’t have to be born on Feb. 29 to take advantage of the deals. For more information visit Navy Pier and scroll down to Leap Day to see all the discounts.
However, there are special deals for those of us born on Feb. 29. And BTW, my mom tells me I was born just after midnight because she wanted to make the date.
Among the show birthdate ID deals is a Phil Stefani Restaurant freebie. People born Feb. 29 get a free dinner when dining there with someone who orders another dinner at the same price or more.
Anyone interested in Feb. 29 statistics can find some at Statistic Brain which notes the number of days it takes the earth to revolve around the sun (365.242199) thus showing that the extra day is needed once a year and how many people are born on Feb. 29 in the world and in the United States.
A few insights from a leap year girl:
When I turned 36, a daughter in fourth grade brought home a card signed by her classmates saying Happy Birthday to one nine year-old from a class of nine year olds.
When asked how I feel about not celebrating my real birthday three out of four years I say “great” because I celebrate twice in those years (though don’t count it twice): the day before March 1 and the day after Feb. 28. So don’t feel sorry for us.