Going out to dinner as a family and then to a fun activity such as a movie, bowling, mini golf or roller skating sounds like an ideal way to spend quality time together. But as the mom of a family of five, I know firsthand how hefty the final tab on a night like that can be. That is why I am always on the lookout for kids eat free and family discount deals.
One of the coolest ones I have found is Olive Garden’s Fun Pass promotion. This is only available for a limited time (through October 23rd), but it is such a fabulous deal:
With the purchase of one adult entree and one kids’ meal Monday through Fridays, you receive fun passes to a local activity outing!
This past Friday night my family and I hit our local Olive Garden, and after our purchase of two adult entrees and three kids’ meals on our receipt, we received fun passes that we can use in the future.
Some of the options for fun near us include free roller skating passes at Laurel Skating Center; two free classes per voucher at My Gym in Bethesda, Potomac or Columbia; bowling at Bowlmor Rockville; and movie theaters in Fairfax and Frederick.
Here’s how you redeem your Olive Garden Fun Pass:
Dine: Purchase one adult entrée and one Kids Meal (on the same receipt) Monday – Friday through 10/23/15. Don’t forget to save your receipt!
Register: Within 14 days of your purchase, snap a picture of your receipt and submit it on the Register page.
Choose: After your receipt is verified (allow 48 hours) you will be able to select an experience in your area for your family to enjoy on the Select Partner page. Vouchers are valid for 3 months from the date you receive, and exact expiration dates will vary depending on the activity provider that you choose.
Dining at Olive Garden
If you have not been to OG in a while, I think you will be pleasantly surprised … we were! This past Friday night was the first time I have been to OG since the ’90’s (I even think I was wearing a flannel shirt from Urban Outfitters the last time I ate there, truly) and we had a blast!
The kids loved the physical kids menu, full of stickers, activities and crafts. They thought the food choices rocked, too, and totally got into customizing their pasta by choosing the noodle shape, sauce and protein. They also were won over by the good ol’ unlimited breadstick and salad appetizer combo. There is something about that OG salad that inspires kids to ask for seconds, which I heartily support.
Although I was a little freaked out to hit the land of carbs and cheese while trying to lose weight, I found that the Tilapia and Shrimp entree only had 350 calories, so I stayed on my plan. In fact, OG has a “lighter Italian fare” section of their menu that was full of lean protein choices. With the salad, an iced tea and my light dinner choice, I ate just as healthfully as I would at home.
My husband Chris had had to skip lunch during a hectic day at work, so he needed to follow the Treat. Yo. Self mantra and ordered the Tour of Italy with a glass of vino. (I had a bite and it was definitely a treat.)
And after our fine dining experience we hit the multiplex and saw Pan … in 3D. It was the most suburban and most awesome start to our weekend ever.
We received a promotional voucher from Olive Garden for our dinner and movie. No additional compensation received. All opinions are our own.