I have always loved this time of year. Summer is wrapping up. Fall will be here soon. There’s the promise of Autumn weather, and the occasional cooler day mixed in with the end of summer scorchers. It’s back to school time, which I always loved, even as a kid. Apple picking season is almost here. Time for cool evenings and long walks. Time to break out my long sleeved shirts, and, soon enough, cardigans. Time for the kids to head back to class, and for me to have five sweet hours a day to myself. And, oh yes, there is one other September tradition that I’m really excited about this year…
Boston Pizza Kids Cards are back!
From now until October 2nd when you make a minimum $5 donation to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects you get a Boston Pizza Kids Card good for five free Kids Meals (that’s a $35 value for $5). And if you register your Kids Card with MyBP online at Boston Pizza.com or via the Boston Pizza iPhone app they’ll give you a sixth free kids meals. Pretty awesome, right?
But where does that donation go?
All of the money collected goes to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, which supports charities that help kids such as The Rick Hansen Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kids Help Phone, Live Different, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Every $5 Kids Card purchase gives a kid in need one hour with a positive role model. Like I said, awesome, right? You get a great deal on tasty meals out with the kids, and you also get the good feeling of knowing that you’re helping to support children across Canada.
“The more than $22 million that Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects has raised over the years has gone directly towards ensuring children and youth across the country have the guidance and the inspiration they need to succeed. The more than 200,000 hours of mentorship Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects helps provide, through our national charity partners, to Canadian children and youth would not be possible without the ongoing generosity of our guests throughout the country.” – Cheryl Treliving, Executive Director of Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
Last year I stocked up, buying four Kids Cards, giving us 24 free kids meals (a.k.a the chance to eat at Boston Pizza with my two girls twelve times). I was really bummed out when those cards ran out back in June. So I am, of course, super excited that this awesome yearly charity promotion is back on.
Kids Cards being back in season made for the perfect excuse to head out to BP for a Friday night family dinner. My girls flipped out when they discovered that the colouring activity books that BP is handing out right now are in 3D, complete with cool 3D glasses. Honestly, I didn’t think a trip to Boston Pizza could get any more exciting. But this managed to kick it up a few notches. My girls were completely enthralled (and completely, pleasantly, quietly distracted with their books). Huzzah.
I was happy to have the chance to kick back, munch some delicious tacos, drink my Tazo Earl Grey Tea, and enjoy a Friday night out with the family. The Boston Pizza Kids Cards transform an already reasonable dinner out into a deal. I mean, their kids menu is amazing to begin with, real food, some healthy choices available, the option to get juice instead of pop, those crazy build it your own way sundaes, plus the crayons, the individual colouring books and the small toys they give out, all building up to a fantastic experience for my kids.
And then they take those kids meals, which are already super reasonable at $6.99, and they make them FREE. (Or, okay work it out this way, for a minimum $5 donation you get a Kids Card. If you register that card online you get six free kids meals. So that works out to six kids meals for $5, or $0.83 per kids meal. Eighty-three cents for a meal which includes a beverage, dessert, and a take home colouring book. You can’t beat that. It’s an insane deal really.)
Last year Boston Pizza raised a record $890,000 in Kids Cards sale, and they are hoping to break that record this year. Personally I’m happy to be able to help support kids across Canada, and to stock up on Boston Pizza Kids Cards for enough free kids meals to see me through until next June. What about you folks? Have you taken part in this cool charity fundraiser in the past? Will you be buying BP Kids Cards this year? (Don’t forget you’ve only got until Oct. 2nd!).
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Boston Pizza. As always my words and opinions are my own.