Now your kids have finished school for the summer; the pressure is on to keep them entertained. One of the most simple but most fun activities you can try is hosting a family movie night each week. It lets you and your family spend quality time together all from the comfort of your own home. It’s also an activity that doesn’t cost a fortune, which is ideal for families with a tight budget. The movies you show your kids can also teach them about being compassionate and caring, while also boosting their imagination. So to host a family movie night that’s a complete success, follow the tips in this guide.
Take it in turns
Taking it in turns to choose which movies you watch will help keep this activity. It will also introduce your kids to films they may not have chosen on their own. Combine family classics from your childhood with more modern kids films. This will keep everyone happy, get everyone involved and stop any complaining.
You need to make sure your kitchen or pantry is stocked with snacks for your movie night before it begins. Snacks add some extra enjoyment to the activity and are seen by your kids are a big treat. You can’t go wrong with popcorn and sweets. But if you want your movie night to be even more exciting why not theme your snacks to the movies. You could prepare Harry Potter themed cupcakes or Frozen themed ice cream. Get creative and ask your kids to help you make the snacks for your movie night for additional summer fun.
Comfort is essential for keeping your family happy, especially if you watching back to back movies. So fill your living room with pillows, duvets, and blankets to maximize comfort. This will create a sleepover feel which will fill your kids with excitement. Bean bags and airbeds might also help your family feel more comfortable throughout.
Check your TV
The last thing you want is to discover that you are having sound or reception problems as you all sit down to watch your movie. So take the time to make sure your TV and your DVD or Bluray player is working beforehand. Do this in the morning or the night before to give you a chance to fix any issues or to call out a technician.
Discuss the movies you’ve watched
Once the movie is finished, ask your kids for their opinions and thoughts. Especially after showing them a film they have never seen before. You can talk about who their favourite character was or which scene they enjoyed the most. This can extend the fun of your movie night even further as well as help your kids improve their critical thinking skills.
With these tips to help you, every movie night you host will be a resounding success. You don’t need to take kids on expensive days out to have fun with them this summer. Schedule in a movie night each week to give you and your children something to look forward to.