Author Sarah Allison with her son
Star Wars Day — aka May the Fourth (Be With You) — is possibly one of my favorite days of the year. It’s not just the cosplay and the lightsaber fights or remembering Carrie Fisher that makes it great. There’s free stuff, too!
I’ve compiled a list of all the best deals and freebies you can take advantage of on May the Fourth and what you gotta do to make it happen.
1. Your Local Zoo or Aquarium
I’ve looked through some of the major zoos listed in America, and most of them are offering a few bucks off admission or a free gift inside the facility when you costume up.
Don a Leia Endor costume or dress your kids up like Ewoks and waddle into your local zoo!
If you’re in El Paso, hit up the El Paso Zoo for free photos with Darth Vader, themed games and activities, and the chance to watch some zoo residents destroy a Death Star piñata.
Or if you’re a Tennessee resident, there are discounted tickets and character meet-and-greets throughout the day, where costumes are highly encouraged. Check your local facility to see if a galaxy far, far away has come to a zoo close, close to you.
2. Free $10 Gift Card From Target
When you purchase anything Star Wars-related from Target, the retailer will hand you an extra $10 just for spending $50. Who knows what extra goodies you could pick up for the little ones (or for you)? After all, who can resist this gold chrome Funko Stormtrooper?
Pick up your lightsabers and call me asap so we can see who wins — the light or the dark side?
3. Free Hoth Lego Set
Everyone’s favorite toy brick company has another exclusive deal this May the Fourth. It’s giving away a new, free set depicting the iconic Battle of Hoth from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It commemorates one of the coolest scenes in the entire franchise, in addition to 20 years of Lego Star Wars products, making it the perfect knickknack to display in your office or home.
You can get it from the Lego Store with a $75 purchase and get double VIP points on all purchases made. Lego Store, here I come!
4. Be Geek and ThinkGeek
This is probably my second favorite deal on the list. ThinkGeek offers up to 86 percent off all Star Wars items online today, and the store has some of the most unique Star Wars items out there. This includes an R2D2 french press (which I own). From an R2D2 screwdriver to a lightsaber, these are the products you’re looking for.
5. Geek Up Your Wardrobe
Half my closet is filled with Star Wars clothing. From t-shirts to dresses to super-cute cardigans, I’ve used sales and coupons to level up my attire on the cheap — and you can, too, at Sears. T-shirts are more than 50 percent off, with styles that are feminine enough for any girly Star Wars geek.
Your little ones will love snuggling up next to Darth Vader Bear at night with the peace of mind that comes with knowing the galaxy is theirs. All Build-a-Bear Star Wars products are 50 percent off through May 4, including plush versions of Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and the already-cuddly Chewbacca. Your kids will never go Solo to bed again.
7. May the Fourth Be With You on Disney.com
If you’re a collector like me, you’ll be more excited than Chewie in battle when you see these deals. While not everything is free, there are collector’s items like figurines and ships available for 25 percent off or more. The die-cast figurines start at $10 today (I have eight), plus you have the chance to win a limited edition Phantom Menace lithograph, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary.
8. Save The Galaxy With BB-8
When Episode 7 hit theatres, audiences across the globe fell in love with the spunky, soccer-ball-ish BB-8. Before the movie even came out, Sphero released a mobile-phone-controlled BB-8. It sold out instantly — and there weren’t even any sales on.
Today, though, you can find BB-8 rolling through the interwebs at 20 percent off. This little robot is too legit to quit, and so’s this deal.
Seriously though, I have a lot of R2D-to-dos today, and these deals won’t last till tomorrow.
Final Tips to Snag Star Wars Day Deals
Hit the streets in your Star Wars Day attire today and celebrate the clash of dark and light. For more galactic deals on Star Wars Day items, check out StarWars.com and tell us which Star Wars deal you took advantage of on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
May the fourth be with you — and tomorrow, don’t forget about the Revenge of the Fifth!
Additional reporting by Connor Beckett McInerney.