Looking to have a lowkey evening with the whole family? Have yourself a movie night! Right at home! It's the budget-friendly and most comfortable option. No waiting in lines and you can make as much popcorn as your heart and stomach desire (with the added bonus that you won't feel like your money is falling out of your pocket. Woohoo!)
Round up the kids, the snacks, figure out which remote actually controls the sound, jump in your matching family pajamas, and get cozy. Let's get movie night all ready to go.
When we're contemplating a movie night we might just put all the pressure on the movie itself. But you can make the hours leading up to it just as fun. Play some trivia or charades to see who knows all there is about movies and TV.
For trivia, you can make your own questions. Here are a few examples:
Who says that matching family pajamas are destined for that one photo around Christmas time? Not us. Besides what's more unifying than watching the best movie of the year and you're ALL matching? Great minds think alike, and on nights like this, look alike too.
You know your kids better than anybody else. Choosing a movie before the movie night will quell any arguments between the kids.
We've all witnessed first-hand what terrible injustice there is in the world when it comes down to an older sibling choosing the movie that the younger sibling does not want to watch. Diffuse the situation before it happens!
Tell everybody "Hey, we're all meeting up on Saturday at 8pm in the family room. We're watching _____." Any legal disputes can be settled in a family meeting leading up to movie night.
We don't remember our parents being on their phones the whole duration of the movie. Simpler times, sure. But we can instill that same discipline now. Make a no phone rule!
The best part about no phones during a movie is the same as being in a dark movie theater. There's nothing more annoying than seeing a bright glow of somebody trying to get in touch with the outside world when everybody else is trying to escape it for just a moment.
If people have questions about what actor that is, or who wrote this movie, or who was the auteur behind the lighting…well that can always wait. Write it down on a notepad and when you guys wrap up the movie you can look it up.
You can also add those questions to the next movie trivia night.
What's a movie without popcorn and butter? Break out that popcorn popper, make it old-school on the stove, or get your favorite microwave popcorn.
You can even throw in a couple interesting snacks that you know the kids would never eat at the movie theater. Ants on a log can become the new default movie snack. Or caramel and apples. It's a ripe time to create a little snack tradition.
Be careful though, since you're already suited up in matching pajamas, this might lead to some early sleepers.
That's right. You're in charge of your own life and that means you can bring intermission back too. Your teenagers can text all their friends for 10 straight minutes. There will be a line to the bathroom just like it's a real movie theater.
This is also a perfect time to break out the ice cream for the final act of the movie.
At the end you can take suggestions for the next movie. Maybe next time you can get a projector and sit outside (if it's not too chilly) and then you can have a matching neighborhood pajama party.