How to get Olive Garden to babysit while you eat unlimited breadsticks


Olive Garden really wants you to eat their unlimited breadsticks. So much so that the chain restaurant is willing to babysit your noisy, sticky-fingered kids for an entire evening — or at least as long as it takes you to finish your meal.

Olive Garden partnered with My Gym, a children’s fitness program, for its annual Parents’ Night Out on Friday, Feb. 20. For a night of free child care, parents can find their nearest participating My Gym location and register, drop their kids off on the 20th, and head to dinner.

“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, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden in a statement.


The restaurant is offering its four-course Festa Italiana meal for the date night. The menu starts at $12.99 and includes unlimited breadsticks, your choice of soup or salad, a small plate, an entree and mini dessert.

If you’re planning on ditching the kids for the evening, you may want to act fast. Each of the 148 participating My Gym locations has space for around 30 kids.

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