Olive Garden offers parents something special: Date night

Dinner bargains and free babysitting is part of Olive Garden’s “Parents’ Night Out” promotion.
Dinner bargains and free babysitting is part of Olive Garden’s “Parents’ Night Out” promotion. Olive Garden

The biggest hurdle to date night for parents with young children? Often, it’s finding a babysitter.

Olive Garden restaurants hope to help parents put a little more love in their lives with the chain’s second annual Parents’ Night Out. This Friday, parents can drop off their kids at My Gym for free child care while the folks head over to Olive Garden for dinner.

Two local My Gym locations will participate: 8765 Center Parkway, Sacramento, and 717 E. Bidwell St., Folsom. To take advantage of this offer, parents need to contact the My Gym of their choice, register for Parent’s Night Out and make a reservation at the gym for Friday evening. Then, Olive Garden will pick up the tab for the gym while the folks have dinner. The participating restaurants will feature discounted deals including the new four-course Festa Italiana dinner, starting at $12.99. Reserve early; gym space is limited to about 30 children at each location.

According to Olive Garden, a recent survey found that nearly 75 percent of parents said that the high overall cost — including child care and dining expense— as well as the lack of trustworthy babysitting services were the biggest barriers to date night. This event tackles both issues with free child care and bargain meals.

“We understand how important quality time is for busy parents, so we are thrilled to help them enjoy a worry-free evening together,” said Jose Duenas, Olive Garden’s executive vice president of marketing.

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