Create an Awesome Family Movie Night

I love traditions! They are the memories I go back to in my own childhood and the moments I want my children to remember.  Family Movie Night in our house has become a family tradition.  It is a fun way to spend time together after a long week of school and work.  We have a movie night blanket that we lay out on the floor and we get our snacks all ready.  We’ve done themed snacks like candy for Willy Wonka and Bananas with sprinkles for Minions but most nights its fresh made popcorn.  I bought my husband a popcorn maker for Christmas two years ago and we use it all the time.  He has made cheese popcorn, sugar popcorn, and of course classic butter.  He has become the popcorn king in our house.

Family Movie Night

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We started our first family movie night when my daughter O was 2 years old. The movie was Cinderella and we were all snuggled in ready to watch…for about 20 minutes!  Then she ran around and played with her toys.  We kept it up because I love movies, especially Disney movies and classic kids movies.  Six years later movie night is a cherished tradition.

The movies we watch has evolved as the kids are growing up and their interests are changing.  We try to take turns on who picks the movie.  Sometimes the kids argue over the movie choice but we try to take turns.  It doesn’t always go easy but more often than not we figure it out.

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We purchased the 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up through our kids book order last year.  This helps us pick a movie when we are stuck.  It has pages where we can write our opinion about the movie and the date we watched it. I try not to label movies as girl or boy movies because I think a good movie is a good movie.  Having boys and girls in my house means we watch all types of movies.  That being said, my boys watch Barbie and Princess movies and my daughter watches Power Rangers and Transformers. Often they are surprised at what they like and what they thought they would like.  Plus I think it teaches them how to cooperate and think of others.  We have collected a lot of movies but we also borrow them from our local library. You would be surprised how often they have new releases.  We also rent from Redox and watch on Netflix.



Five for the Road Movie Night List:

  1. Big Hero 6
  2. The LEGO Movie
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. Up
  5. Night at the Museum
  6. Spy Kids (1-3)
  7. The Sandlot
  8. The Princess Bride
  9. The Incredibles
  10. Finding Nemo
  11. A Bug’s Life
  12. Kung Fu Panda 1-3
  13. Book of Life
  14. Frozen
  15. Despicable Me + Despicable Me 2  and Minions
  16. Descendants
  17. How to Train Your Dragon
  18. The Polar Express
  19. Tangled
  20. Inside Out

Five for the Road Movie Night Tips: 

  • Lay down a blanket on the floor or over the couch to protect from spills.
  • Pick a theme.  You don’t have to go all out but try to connect a snack and the movie.
    • The Sandlot-Cracker Jacks
    • Finding Nemo- Swedish Fish
    • Bugs Life- Gummy Worms, or Worms in Dirt
    • The Polar Express: Hot chocolate(or chocolate milk), Marshmallows, Christmas Cookies
  • Do something special. If your house rule is dinner at the table, plan a picnic and have a drive-in movie night.
  • Google the movie and look under images.  Often you can find free printables to color before the movie. This works really well for The Polar Express!!
  • Make fresh popcorn…it just taste better! Shake it in a large paper bag with melted butter and salt.  Put it in microwave for 30 seconds.  Enjoy!!

What is your favorite family movie?  Share them in the comments!


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