Most families love to watch films together. Whether they are comedies, cartoons or action-packed movies, settling down on the sofa to see new DVD releases is a great way to get together as a family. Here are some ideas to make family movie-nights even more enjoyable.
Food and Drink for Family Movie Night
Most of the items usually sold in cinema concessions, like popcorn, bags of chocolates and soft drinks, can be easily purchased from the supermarket. Readymade bagged popcorn and microwave popcorn is available in the shops, but for a real treat, make your own popcorn using a large pan with a lid. This is surprisingly easy and great fun to do.
Children will love making a concession stand from a cardboard box, or adapting one from play items like a toy kitchen. They can lay out food and drink, and use toy money to pay for it. Another fun thing for them to make is entrance tickets that each person has to hand in at the door. Many websites have cinema ticket templates that can be printed out, as well as templates for making popcorn boxes.
Family Movie Theme Nights
Certain times of year lend themselves to movie themes that are available in new DVD releases. Halloween is the perfect time to enjoy an evening of spooky movies, tailored to the ages of the children, accompanied by scary decorations and trick-or-treat sweets. Christmas and Valentine’s Day also have lots of theme possibilities, but you can have decorations, dressing-up and food to accompany many different films.
A Jack Sparrow evening would be fun, or a Finding Nemo night with various fishy-type snacks. Older children would enjoy a Grease evening, with 50’s style diner food and drink, or a Twilight evening with a vampire theme. You could even have an outdoor movie night in the summer if you have a projector.
Family Movie Night Rules
It is a good idea to schedule family movie night as a regular occurrence, either weekly or monthly. Parents should make sure not to arrange any late meetings for that night, and children try and clear their homework before the movie night. Have a strict rule of no mobile phone, tablet or laptop use during the film.
Cinema visits have become very expensive, with high ticket, food and drink prices and the added cost of public transport, petrol and parking. A weekly movie night is a great way to save money and relax as a family.