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We love family nights. We typically have ours on a Friday or Saturday night, and ending the week spending quality time together is just the best. It’s a time to unwind and talk about our week, and it’s a great time to reconnect after a busy five days.
I’ve got a fun plan for our upcoming family night, and I thought I’d share it with y’all in case you’d like to do this, too. It’s simple, inexpensive, and fun for the whole family – can’t really beat that.
Saturday nights at our Denny’s are free kids meal nights, which means our family of five can eat for $20 or less. I love that, because with three kids our costs for dining out can quickly skyrocket. For our family fun night, we’ll go eat at Denny’s for an early dinner. Our kids love choosing their meals off the kids menu, and they actually eat really well, which is an added bonus (I’m sure many of you can relate to having some picky eaters in the house)!Another thing I love about the Denny’s kids menu is that I can add on extra sides for just 89 cents. So instead of them having to pick between french fries or corn (hmm… which do you think will win?) I can compromise by letting them get fries as long as they pick another side to go with it, too. Of course, they often pick breakfast – I think their favorite thing to get is the chocolate chip pancakes, and then we can add on a side of yogurt or banana slices.
Right now Denny’s is partnering with DreamWorks Animation, and their kids menus reflect that – our kids will be thrilled because we’re big fans of many DreamWorks movies!
The menu not only has the characters interspersed with the food – it’s got fun games and activities you can do with your family around the table, like this one below. Can you find the differences? Our family loves doing things like this, and I love the idea of working together to solve the puzzle of finding all the changes between the images.
Another aspect of these kids menus that I just think is SO cool is the DreamWorks COLOR app. Your kids can color the DreamWorks characters featured on the kids menu, and then use the app to bring their drawings to life, making them 3-dimensional. Our kids will absolutely have a blast with that. To download the app, just go to www.dreamworkscolor.com on your phone.
After going to Denny’s and having fun with all the DreamWorks activities, we’re going to continue the theme with a family movie night at home. We’ve never seen Penguins, but the kids loved Madagascar, so I think that’ll be the movie of choice. We’ll stock up on a few candies and pop some popcorn before we snuggle up on the couch to watch the movie.
Doesn’t that sound like a great family night? I love that it’s completely affordable, too. You can watch a movie you already own (we own How to Train Your Dragons, for instance) or can typically find them available for rent as low as $1. Add in a little candy and popcorn and you can still keep the cost for the whole evening around $25 dollars including dinner!
Thanks to Denny’s, though, you might get to experience your family night for free! Just sign up below; you’ll be entered to win a $20 Denny’s gift card and a DreamWorks DVD/BluRay. I’ll even add in $5 via PayPal so you can get some candy for the evening, too.