Family Fun Night with Denny’s and DreamWorks… + Giveaway! – Frugal Novice

Family Fun Night with Denny’s and DreamWorks… + Giveaway!

This partnered post is brought to you as part of my Denny’s Ambassadorship. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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.

POMSpot the Difference_Game

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 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.

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle June 5, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    That sounds like a ton of fun. Denny’s has delicious food, and anything involving Dreamworks is going to be a blast.

  • kim amundsen June 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I love Denny’s, but sadly we don;t have one near us. I sooo wish we did. Whenever we see one when we’re traveling, we always stop.

  • Christi from June 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    My son loves this movie! We showed it to him a few weeks ago and that is all he talks about. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lauren June 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I like Shrek and the Grand Slam.

  • Dawn Monroe June 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I always get the pancakes , eggs and bacon.

  • Christy Maurer June 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I haven’t been to Denny’s in a long time, but I always loved their breakfasts! There are so many great Dreamworks movies that it would be hard to pick a favorite. I do love Madagascar though.

  • Petra Huffmire June 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I like the mushroom burger at Denny’s and my favorite Dreamworks movie is “The Need For Speed”

  • Chubskulit Rose June 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I have only eaten at Denny’s once when we were in Florida. We don’t have one around here in our area.

  • Ann Bacciaglia June 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    This looks like a great way to spend time with your family. We have been enjoying the food at Denny’s for years. They have the best menu. There is something for everyone.

  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly June 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I am not entering because sadly I do not have a Denny’s anywhere near me, I wish I did though!

  • jenn June 6, 2015 at 3:55 am

    We have two boys who like watching movies at home (not the theatre)…we need to wiggle and take breaks. Also, we love Denny’s! We would be delighted to win this package.

  • Kathi June 6, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Denny’s the best place for a Grand Slam breakfast, before or after the movies

  • Janet W. June 6, 2015 at 5:23 am

    All-American Slam is my favorite menu item! How to Train Your Dragon is one of my favorite DreamWorks films.

  • Mistee Dawn June 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Yum! I love love love me some Denny’s. And thanks so much for the opportunity to win! Great giveaway!

  • Jeanine June 6, 2015 at 9:17 am

    How fun! I love Dennys. Haven’t been to one in years. Would love to head on over for some great food! My kids love it too!

  • Karin A. June 6, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I have never been to Denny’s— hopefully sometime on vacation we will get to stop at one.
    Kung Fu Panda is my favorite DreamWorks movie.

  • Donna Ward June 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Great giveaway for Denny’s – We so love their breakfasts – and like that Dreamworks is involved for more kid’s fun – plu that app for the kids – very cool

  • Nikki June 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I am so sad that we don’t have a Denny’s near us. When I lived in Maryland for about a year when I was 19, we ate there pretty much every night! They have such great food and affordable prices.

  • Bonnie @ wemake7 June 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    We have a Denny’s right down the road and I can’t believe we haven’t been yet. I will have to go and see their kids menus.

  • shirley June 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    We all love the pancakes, and we like Madagascar, seen it over and over.

  • Jessica Simms June 6, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun, my kids love Denny’s and Penguins of Madagascar. Thank you for the giveaway good luck everyone!

  • Nicole June 6, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    We often avoid eating out due to the cost as well, but with a free kids meal how can you go wrong? That app is amazing, my daughter would absolutely love that, I have to download it!

  • D Schmidt June 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    My favorite is the grand slam breakfast

  • shelly peterson June 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I like the Ham & Cheese Omelette, I have always liked the movie Shrek but Home is pretty good too.

  • Winter White June 6, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Denny’s has long been my fav place to go after a long night of partying!

  • Tami June 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    We go to Denny’s often (maybe too often). My kiddos enjoy the variety of meals that are available to them. My daughter loves the goldfish and my 0ldest son loves the pizza. My youngest son will eat anything!

  • Rebecca B June 6, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    My fave has always been their giant steak fries. They are just not the same anywhere else. My favorite DreamWorks movie is Rise of the Guardians.

  • Miranda (myrabev) June 7, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Wish we had Denny’s where I live would have been fun to check it out

  • Uplifting Families June 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I love Dennys and their extensive menu. I have two teenagers so I couldn’t eat for $20 or less depending on what they pick. I love the 2,4,6,8 choices too.

    I’m sad that they closed our Dennys.

  • Sandy Klocinski June 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

    For me, my favorite item on the Denny’s menu a tie between the Moons Over My Hammy (but with sausage instead of ham…I guess that makes it a “Moons Over My Sausage”) and the Fabulous French Toast Platter – a wonderful 1200 calorie entree. My favorite DreamWorks Movie is Antz

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  • Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies June 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

    This sounds like it would be a nice family fun night! It’s been a while since we;ve been to a Denny’s so this sounds like fun!

  • susan June 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Yum! Love Denny’s! Would be so happy to win this one!

  • Lynndee June 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I think we’ve only been to Denny’s once since I got here in the U.S. And we haven’t been there in a while. We have to go back soon.

  • Kelly Hutchinson June 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    When I lived in Atlanta, we used to eat at Denny’s all the time. We had a location nearby our house, so it was super convenient. This is such a great giveaway!

  • Adrienne Gordon June 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Love the grand slam breakfast and shrek.

  • Ann Fantom June 7, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I like Denny’s Chicken Strips.

    My favorite Dreamworks movie is Madagascar

  • ricci June 7, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I actually really love Denny’s! They have really great breakfast food! And I love a good giveaway!

  • Brittney House June 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I love their chicken tenders. My favorite dreamworks movies is Shrek.

  • Carolsue June 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Favorite menu item: Chicken Loaded Potato Skillet
    Favorite Movie: Kung Fu Panda

  • heather s June 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I like the Grand Slam breakfast and I like Shrek

  • ReggieMann June 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    My favorites are the Grand Slam and Shrek

  • Denise S June 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite is the Grand Slam Breakfast.

  • Debbie B June 7, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    i love the Denny’s grand slam but they also have a Cobb salad that is really good too!

  • Paula Schuck June 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This is so cool. A denny’s just opened nearby so we will definitely be taking part in our own family fun night.

  • angie June 7, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Love the Grand Slam Breakfast and Shrek is my favorite.

  • Carly Brydon June 7, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I love that Denny’s and DreamWorks teamed up! Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway!

  • CourtneyLynne June 7, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    omg Denny’s!!!! I never even use to thing about Denny’s because I always lived near one. Now that I’m in a Denny’s-less town… Ughhhh… I miss it!!!!

  • Cia | June 8, 2015 at 6:30 am

    OMG Dennys! The only place I can get a peanut butter milkshake made to perfection no matter the location. That place rocks! I didn’t know they had free meals for children. So cool.

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