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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  • Ashley C June 8, 2015 at 6:40 am

    We love Denny’s chocolate milkshakes! Our favorite DreamWOrks movie right now is The Croods

  • jules m. June 8, 2015 at 10:40 am

    belgian waffle slam sounds so good at Denny’s.. my favorite Dreamworks film is Shrek 2.

  • Debbi Wellenstein June 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I love Denny’s Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes! A favorite Dreamworks movie is How to Train Your Dragon.

  • nickie June 8, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I like denny’s breakfast and Dream works bugs life

  • Sarah Jestings June 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    My favorite DreamWorks movie is Shrek. My favorite item on the Denny’s menu is the build your own grand slam.

  • April Brenay June 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

    the peanut butter cup pancakes, and I love Shrek!

  • Kathleen June 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    My favorite item at Denny’s is their nachos and my favorite Dreamworks movie is Shrek!

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  • Crystal F June 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I like the Moons Over My Hammy® breakfast sandwich. My girls and I really enjoyed Dreamworks movie Home. Thank you!

  • Ashley C June 10, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Shrek is my favorite dream works movie and I really want to try their new tropical pancake puppies!!


  • David June 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    My favorite Denny’s menu item is their chicken fried steak. As for my favorite Dreamworks movie, I am not sure which films are dreamworks and which ones are not. Of all of the ones I have watched with the kids, Ice Age is my favorite, but again, I am not sure if it is a Dreamworks film.

  • kyl neusch June 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    denny’s breakfast and bugs life

  • clynsg June 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Belgian Waffle and the Shrek series of movies.

  • beth shepherd June 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I love their Belgian waffle and Shrek is my favorite.

  • Mary Cloud June 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I haven’t really tried Denny’s before and I love Madagascar

  • Paula Michele Hafner June 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I like their Country Fried Steak. My favorite Dreamworks movie is Shrek.

  • Richard Hicks June 12, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    One of my favorite menu items is their red white and blue slam. One of my fav. dreamworks movie is shrek the third

  • Robin June 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I like to get the Lumberjack Slam at Denny’s and our favorite Dreamworks movie is Shrek.

  • JenniferAnne June 14, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I like their Hearty Skillet Breakfast

  • rich morris June 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I love Mr Peabody & Sherman and the Bourbon Bacon Burger

  • Katie J June 14, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I like their Moons over my Hammy and favorite movie is How to train your dragon.

  • Karen Drake June 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    My favorite meal at Denny’s is the Grand Slam breakfast. My favorite Dreamworks movie is Shrek.

  • Vera June 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I love Over the Hill and the Avocado Chicken Ceaser salad at Dennys.

  • Tim Allport June 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    My favorite Dreamworks film is Peabody and Mr. Sherman and my favorite Denny’s meal is the Lumberjack Slam.

  • Heather K June 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    My favorite Denny’s menu item is the Grand Slam and my favorite DreamWorks movie is Shrek.

  • Danielle Marie June 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    i love how to train your dragon and i love the moons over my hammy!

  • Katy S June 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

    My favorite thing at Denny’s is the Chocolate Chip Pancakes. My favorite Dreamworks movie is a Bug’s Life!

  • tina reynolds June 17, 2015 at 11:06 am

    My favorite is the First Shrek movie in the series I like the Grand slam breakfast so good

  • Daniel M June 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Hearty Skillet Breakfast and shrek

  • Julie Cutshaw June 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I love the MOONS OVER MY HAMMY and my grandson loves the grand slam on the Denny’s menu and my grandson loves the Dreamworks animated movie Over the Hedge , thanks awesome generous giveaway to enjoy with the kids

  • Michele C. June 18, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love the biscuits and gravy or pancakes. Our favorite dreamworks movie is The Croods! We ordered it on PPV one time and watched it several times!

  • Ellie Wright June 18, 2015 at 12:32 am

    My favorites are the Grand Slam breakfast and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

  • joe gersch June 18, 2015 at 4:13 am

    i love the chocolate chip pancakes

  • Rhonda G June 18, 2015 at 8:18 am

    The lumberjack slam is my fav at Dennys and Shrek is my fav movie.

  • Bethany June 18, 2015 at 9:02 am

    You guys will enjoy the Penguins movie!

  • Erica B. June 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I like their breakfast…especially the Grand Slam.

  • Vee June 18, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Chocolate chip pancakes + How to Train Your Dragon!

  • stephanie baker June 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    The Grand Slam is my favorite, a true classic. However, I’m pretty excited to try the red white & blue!

  • Dave L June 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    The French Toast Slam is my favorite item on the Denny’s menu. How To Train Your Dragon is my favorite DreamWorks films. Thinking about Denny’s is making me hungry. Thank you for the great giveaway. Happy Spring!

  • brandy c June 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I like Denny’s veggie burger.

  • Jennifer J June 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I like the Moons over My Hammy. My favorite Dreamworks movie is Shrek. Thanks!

  • Rebecca Peters June 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I love their superbird sandwich. fav movie is Shrek

  • Francine Anchondo June 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I like the grand slam and really like the croods

  • Peggy Rydzewski June 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    The Belgium waffle with a side of bacon is my choice at Dennys.

  • kim keithline June 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    My favorite thing on Denny’s Menu is Cinnamon Pancake Breakfast and my favorite Dreamworks movie is Shrek

  • Lisa V. June 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    My favorite is the Santa Fe Skillet and my movie is Up.

  • Laurie Emerson June 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    My favorite item at Denny’s is their pancakes. My favorite Dreamworks movie is Rise of the Guardians.

  • Angela Cisco June 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Seasoned fries with Ranch dressing is my favorite denny’s item. Dreamworks movie is Shrek.

  • Angela M June 18, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I have always loved Denny’s Moon Over My hammy sandwich

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