ORLANDO, Fla. - Feb. 5, 2015 // PRNewswire // - Olive Garden is breaking down the barriers to date night for parents through a North American partnership with My Gym, the no. 1 children's fitness program. The leading Italian restaurant is providing kids with a free fun-filled evening at My Gym while their parents enjoy an affordable four-course Italian meal as part of its second annual Parents' Night Out on Friday, Feb. 20.
A recent survey found that the overall cost, including childcare and dining, combined with lack of trustworthy child supervision are the largest barriers to date night for nearly 75 percent of parents.* Parents' Night Out is designed to solve this dilemma. Parents can enjoy quality time over an affordable and delicious meal at Olive Garden while their kids are entertained with games and activities in a safe environment.
"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. "Through our partnership with My Gym, we are able to provide the entire family with an evening out."
Couples can participate in Parents' Night Out by contacting their nearest My Gym location to confirm participation, obtain event details and register. Space is limited to approximately 30 kids at each of the 148 participating My Gym locations in the U.S. and Canada, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (deposit required).
"We are excited to once again team up with Olive Garden, a company that shares our values of creating memorable experiences for the entire family," said Cory Bertisch, CEO of My Gym Enterprises. "Through Parents' Night Out, we are able to provide families with a special experience that supports those values."
Olive Garden also invites parents to share their date night photos and stories using #OGParentsNightOut on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
To help parents make the most of their evening, Olive Garden is offering its first-ever Four Course Festa Italiana starting at $12.99, featuring unlimited breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or famous house salad, and choice of small plate, entree and decadent Dolcini mini dessert.
For more about the great deals at Olive Garden, visit www.olivegarden.com or connect with Olive Garden on social media at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.3 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 31 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden. For more information and to find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com.
Established in 1983 and named #1 Children's Fitness Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014, My Gym is a leading fitness center destination for children with over 325 locations worldwide, including international locations in China, France, Canada, and Brazil, among others. More than 30 additional locations are planned to open worldwide in the next 12 months. My Gym combines innovative, early physical education/pre-gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art facilities to empower children ages 6 weeks through 10 years by helping them acquire the skills, confidence, and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults. My Gym's award-winning, structured, noncompetitive and age-appropriate classes and birthday parties enhance children's overall development through games, music, exercise, sports, gymnastics, puppets, unique rides, and fun. The children gain strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor proficiency, agility, flexibility, and social skills. In 2012, My Gym launched their new interactive Building Blocks Program to all enrolled children ages 2.5 years and older. The program helps children work toward specific milestones in their physical, cognitive, and emotional development and then celebrates their achievements with stickers, progression ribbons, medals, trophies, graduation certificates and more in periodic Building Blocks Acknowledgment Ceremonies. The My Gym television show, "My Gym At Home," airs on BabyFirst, a 24/7 channel focusing on children's development. For more information about My Gym and the location nearest you, please visit www.MyGym.com.
*Edelman Berland fielded an online survey between January 26 – 28, 2015 among a total sample of 1,018 U.S. parents (with children 12 years old or younger) that was regionally and demographically representative of the latest U.S. Census data.
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