Here’s How Milwaukeeans Can Score Some Free Pancakes

IHOP invented its own holiday. The good news is it involves free pancakes and raising money for children in need.

If you have a big heart but an empty stomach, IHOP is the place to go to celebrate the chain’s National Pancake Day. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the greatest day of the year, swing by a local IHOP to grab a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. And although it’s not required, guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Either before or after pancake time. Just know that leaving without donating will cast a pall over this Christmas of carbohydrates.

The money raised will provide life-saving treatments, programs and medical equipment to help support the 25,000 children treated annually at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. That’s a small city unto itself.

IHOP started National Pancake Day (yes, it’s basically a Hallmark holiday with butter) in 2006, and it has since raised $30 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. Last year, 12 Wisconsin IHOP locations raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Hospital, one short stack at a time.

If you really want to get out there and eat some (technically) free pancakes, you’ve got 12 hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to frequent an IHOP in Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine.