Having kids wearing life jackets in Minnesota is not only a best practice, it's the law.  It could also score your kids a free Dairy Queen treat from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The Minnesota DNR is once again partnering with Dairy Queen provide a free DQ treat coupon to anyone under 18 seen by a conservation officers wearing a life jacket while boating. The coupon entitles the child to a free cone from participating Dairy Queen restaurants.

The free treat coupon was the brainchild of a conservation officer after he suggested there should be a reward for kids that were wearing their life jacket.

Minnesota county sheriff’s water patrol deputies also distribute the free Dairy Queen treat coupon to children.

This cool program runs from May 1st through October 31st every year.  I fully support the program, but what about mom and dad?  We buy them the life jackets and tell them to put it on, can't we get a treat too because our kids aren't sharing.

Remember, all kids under age 10 are required by law to wear life jackets.  Click here for tips on finding the right life jacket for your kids.