Simple Ways to Elevate Movie Night

Published on April 02, 2020 - Updated on February 18, 2021

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Congratulations, you made it to Friday! Since we are all at home rocking social distancing, how about a movie night? There are many ways to make a simple movie night extra special, and an experience to remember. 

Escaping into a carefully selected movie, that will entertain every member of the family is restorative. In truth, kids' movie time is generally a chance to watch something I want to watch, clean up or work but, on Friday's, I allow myself the time to drop everything and simply relax and connect with my family. 

Tips for success  

  • Create a rewards system earlier in the day (or week) to earn "movie bucks" to purchase treats at your home movie theater.
  • Help your kids set up a concession stand with popcorn (or kettle corn), popcorn bowls or paper bags and napkins. Let the kids play vendor. They can serve each family member popcorn individually.

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  • Add in your child's favorite candy or treat selection.
  • Give the kids a warm bath before the movie and everyone can choose their coziest pajamas.
  • Bring out your favorite blankets and pillows, or even set up a fort or tent.
  • Make a fire or turn on the fireplace if you have one.
  • Brush teeth and go potty right before dimming the lights in case some cute snugglers fall asleep during the movie. 
  • Leave your cell phone in another room to give yourself a chance to really settle in and give your family and the movie your full attention. 
  • Allow the first person dressed, brushed and ready to select the movie out of a hat filled with options nominated by the family at dinner time. 

Twenty Great Movies to Watch With Little Ones

  1. Onward
  2. Mary Poppins Returns 
  3. Monsters Inc.
  4. The Princess and the Frog
  5. Frozen (1 & 2)
  6. Angry birds 2 (team work)
  7. Land Before Time
  8. Annie
  9. Fivel Goes West, Fivel Goes to America
  10. Lion King
  11. Babe
  12. Snow White & The Seven Dwarves 
  13. Robin Hood (the original)
  14. Madagascar (1-3)
  15. Moana
  16. The Parent Trap
  17. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  18. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  19. The Jungle Book (animated)
  20. Cars

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Twenty Great Movies to Watch With Big Kids

  1. ET 
  2. Beethoven
  3. The Princess Bride
  4. Lady Bugs 
  5. It Takes Two
  6. Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  7. Mrs. Doubtfire
  8. Honey I Shrunk The Kids
  9. The Sound of Music
  10. Home Alone
  11. Paddington 2
  12. Coco
  13. The Harry Potter Series
  14. Akeelah and the Bee
  15. Spy Kids
  16. The Back to the Future Series
  17. The Karate Kid
  18. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  19. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  20. The Jungle Book (the new version)

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As we've settled into this temporary new normal, it’s becoming more obvious that creating wonderful memories, like the ones we have from our own childhoods, does not require extravagance or a wild adventure. In fact, some of my most lasting memories stem from feelings not actions. Peaceful moments at home when everyone is blissfully relaxed creates comfort for your children, and they will remember that sensation forever. 

Hopefully one benefit from this period of our lives is that we will give ourselves permission to immerse ourselves in our family in a more focused way, even when schedules and social engagements are constantly pulling at us once again. 

Try out our Family Movie Night Bingo cards for a fun and simple activity to keep kids actively engaged!

Movie Night Bingo

Movie Night Bingo

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