Need Some Creative Ideas for "Family Movie Night"

Updated on June 05, 2010
L.T. asks from Levelock, AK
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Hi Ladies!

Can you help me come up with some fun little ideas for a family movie night?!?

My goal is to pick one movie and build our little family party off of that....

I would like to choose the movie, then choose special snacks that might go well with that movie - and then plan one little craft project that also goes along with the movie as well.

Thanks SO much for your ideas! I can't wait to see what creations you all come up with ;0)

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answers from Dallas on

I have a book, published by Focus on the Family, called "Family Movie Nights for kids" here's the link:
There's also one for teens. Here's the link for that:
They provide discussion points as well as activities. I'm not sure about crafts but I do know they have some activities. Hope that helps!

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answers from St. Louis on

We used to do family movie night all the time. I think its about the atmosphere buiding up to the movie as well. A neat idea is to make (nothing to fancy) a "ticket" to admit each person to the movie. Almost like an invitation. You can tape the invitation to their bedroom door or leave it on their pillow. Include the time and date of movie, location (family room, living room). You can list the name of the movie or make it a surprise. You may want to include a "food ticket" and "drink ticket" as well. You can get disposible or reusable popcorn bags to make it more fun or if you're going with candy, the movie size you can get at Walgreens or Walmart. If its not dark yet, close the blinds or hang towels over the curtains.Toss some bean bag chairs around on the floor or pillows so the little ones can be comfy. You could also go "drive in" style and make and hang big stars from the ceiling. Maybe a giant moon on the door.
I don't think a craft is necessary. If you are doing this at night, by the time the movie is over(with bathroom breaks and such), it will probably be time for bed. Now if you really want to make this more of an all afternoon and night "family" time, you could do a craft ahead of time. It really depends on the ages of your kids as to what craft would be appropriate. If you are going to tell them what movie it is, then I agree with the previous post, maybe they could dress in character.

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answers from Dallas on

I know you are talking about movies at home, but you could spice it up sometimes and go to the drive-in. I have great memories of my parents putting us in our pjs and taking us to the drive-in.

I don't know what age your kids are, so it's hard to give any specific reccomendation. It's hard to find a movie the whole family can watch.

One of our faves is Transformers. We've dressed like Pirates and watched Pirates of the Caribean. I made cork screw pasta and said it was octopus tentacles. We've had fun watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we just loooove Wizard of Oz. We also watch musicals when dads working. My Fair Lady, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc. When dads home we might watch Deadliest Catch. lol

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answers from Los Angeles on

That's what had in mind
find out where the movie is taken place, find information on the place
and find out the history of that area ( very educational

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answers from Sacramento on

My cousins always had popcorn and soda pop for dinner during movie night (they had a healthy large lunch earlier in the day). I modified this with a fruit smoothy and popcorn.

I think everything everyone has mentioned so far is fantastic. I love the idea of a theme or researching history.

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answers from Kansas City on

I would add dressing up for the movie. Like, if you were watching Toy Story someone could dress as a cowboy, etc.

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