Dairy Queen restaurants across the Treasure Valley will give you a free vanilla cone, and there's only one thing you have to do to get it.

Show up!  Just pop in next Tuesday, March 20th, at any Treasure Valley Dairy Queen location, and they'll give you a free vanilla cone. They're celebrating the arrival of spring, and helping us launch a weekly (if not daily) ice cream habit that will carry us through the summer.

It's the 4th annual Free Cone Day, and they'll be raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals too, through donations.  If you're like me, you might feel a little guilty about taking three kids of your own and some of their friends in for about 6 free cones, so it won't hurt to leave a couple of extra bucks as a donation. Our own kids will be happy, and so will the kids at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including some right here in Idaho.  Delish says last year's free cone day raised $300,000 for local hospitals.

The free cone giveaway happens at participating non-mall locations of both Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill restaurants.

Here are a few locations to help you plan your ice cream strategy next Tuesday.  They might have some long lines, but it'll be worth it!

Treasure Valley Dairy Queen locations:

550 E Boise Ave - Boise

10264 W Overland Rd - Boise

5711 Franklin Rd - Boise

550 E Boise Ave - Boise

5251 N Glenwood St - Garden City

107 E Water Tower - Meridian

4849 N Meridian Rd - Meridian

809 Caldwell Blvd - Nampa

1211 12th Ave Rd - Nampa


And lots more!  Happy Spring.  Almost.