Family Movie Night

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Tips for Family Movie Night

  • Make it a Regular Night.  You can have family movie night every week, every two weeks, or every month.  Whatever you chose, make sure that it is an official day.  As your kids grow, and get busy with life,  you will want to build a tradition of a family night. 
  • Clean the House.  Whenever we have movie night or game night, I make sure the house is spotless and the laundry is done.  I don't want to be interrupted by the washing machine or have a hard time finding a clean glass.  On nights like these it is always easy to get the kids to work fast. 
  • Snacks.  My daughter is always in charge of the snacks.  I pretty much indulge whatever snack the kids come up with from popcorn to cupcakes.  
  • Turn the Living Room into a Theater.  Make sure you turn the lights off or down low and set up the living room so everyone can see the screen easily.  I allow the kids to bring blankets and pillows downstairs.  We even use the coffee table as our snack bar.  
  • Potty Break.  Set a time to pause the movie or time in between movies for a break.  
  • Make it a Theme.  Themes are fun!  Match your snacks and even some decorations to the theme of the movie. 
  • Let a Person Chose the Movie.  We try to pick movies everyone enjoys but with vast personalities and ages we simply allow one person to chose a movie. 

Our Family Movie Night

On our last movie night it was my husband's turn to chose.  We all cringe when that happens since he is known to select movies like Dune.  But to my delight, he chose a Star Trek night.  My husband and I are Trekkies but the kids did not follow in our footsteps;  at best they are indifferent.

I think he decided on this theme due to the excitement of getting his new Star Trek Visa from  If you are a Trekkie, you will have a hard time deciding which card style is for you!  Of course, they even have non-Trekkie cards, if you so desire.  My husband quickly loaded his card upon arrival.  He used it to purchase all the movie snacks and even a few new Star Trek DVDs.  The first cashier didn't seem to notice his shiny new card but when the second one did it put a huge smile on my husband's face.  It also opened the door for a long conversation about Star Trek.

After finally getting home, we decided to watch some old Star Trek before the movie.  We used that as some were still getting ready, filling up their bowls with popcorn, and fluffing pillows.  We kept the snacks simple with just popcorn and fruit.  Then we sat down and watched Star Trek.  We were in such a giddy mood ever since seeing Into the Darkness.  Yes, Star Trek movies can do no wrong in our eyes.  Kids fell asleep early but it was fun for the adults!

Richele is a writer, speaker, and graphic designer. Her background in educational psychology never prepared her for balancing laundry baskets and grading math assignments. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Check out her business, Crisp Apple Design

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