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Olive Garden offers free babysitting service for parents' date night

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Sometimes parents want to eat out, but they don't always have a babysitter. Olive Garden is helping out for one night only.

According to the Huffington Post on Jan. 31, Olive Garden offers free babysitting service for parents' date night on Feb. 7.

The Italian restaurant chain partnered with My Gym, a fitness center for kids, to give parents around the country a night to dine without their children. Olive Garden is using the "Parents' Night Out" to promote the 2-for-$25 deal, but parents are free to choose other items on the menu as well.

Parents can take their children to one of the 145 participating My Gyms locations and pay a deposit. That deposit will be returned later when parents show their Olive Garden receipt when they pick up their children.

My Gym can accommodate only 30 children at a time; therefore, the center will take kids on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why is Olive Garden providing free babysitting service?

Jay Spenchian, Olive Garden's Executive VP of Marketing, says the restaurant chain wants to help parents out.

"We want to give them a break. What better way to give them a break than to go have a special night, worry free, and the kids can have a great time?"

Olive Garden might have more than one reason for offering the free babysitting service. According to ABC, Olive Garden's sales are down 4% compared to last year. The restaurant is doing other things to raise sales again. The Italian establishment recently introduced a new "Italiano burger" in addition to changing some of its menu prices.

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