Ideas for a Great Family Movie Night

Enjoying a nice family movie night at home is surely at the top of the list of fun, simple things to do together. Keep reading to discover some great ideas.
Ideas for a Great Family Movie Night
Azucena Fernández

Written and verified by the teacher Azucena Fernández.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

We all know how important it is for families to spend quality time together. That’s why we should set a day of the weekend (or during the week, if possible) to be able to do something fun as a family. Some families choose to do something like dining out together, but there are lots of other alternatives, like planning a family movie night.

Why should a family movie night be at the top of the list?

Enjoying a fun family movie night helps increase the family’s emotional bondThis is a very entertaining activity, and in addition, you can share a very special time together. Watch the movie, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company.

All it takes is a little organization for all your family members to enjoy watching a movie in the comfort of your own home. Below we’ll look at the necessary steps to plan a great family movie night so you can make it a special moment.

Ideas for a Great Family Movie Night

Look at the calendar and set a date

You all have to decide what movie you want to watch. First, you can start by choosing a genre that everyone likes. Currently, you can choose movies from digital platforms like Netflix, or rent a movie online from a service like Google or Red Box.

If you all can’t agree, there are several ways to solve it. Each member of the family can propose a movie, and you can choose one randomly. For example, you can have everyone roll a die, and the highest number wins.

Another option to agree is to put several pieces of paper with the movies everyone wants to see in a box, and take one out for each session. Once the choice is clear, you have to choose the time and day to pick the perfect time to watch the movie.

Divide tasks

Family movie nights will require additional tasks, since it’s not just about watching a movie. You might need to make tickets and, perhaps, a poster of the movie to remember the day and time.

The youngest members of the family can be in charge of designing and drawing the movie tickets and poster. One of the parents can make the popcorn, and the other can collect the tickets. If there are older siblings, they can take care of the drinks.

It will be very rewarding teamwork. Everyone can participate equally and have fun planning the session.

Don’t forget, you’ll also need to clean up after, and everyone can pitch in. The room should be nice and clean after the family movie night.

Atmosphere is important for a family movie night

Creating a special environment is very important. You have to turn off the lights while the movie is playing, lower the blinds and close the curtains if it’s daytime. If you have kids that are afraid of the dark, you can leave a small lit lamp on in the corner of the room. Also, you can make it a rule to only wear comfy clothes or pajamas.

Ideas for a Great Family Movie Night

General rules to remember

Since you want it to be a special moment, you’ll have to take a few things into consideration. For example, phones should all be on silent. You have to go to the bathroom before entering the room. Then, before starting the movie, everyone has to have what they need and the sound needs to be correct.

Final thoughts

Finally, you can take a few minutes to comment on things about the movie before you start cleaning up. Say how much you liked it, pick the best parts, and even ask the group if there was a favorite scene. The little ones might have questions about the plot, and it’s a good time to talk about them together.

As you can see, you don’t have to go to the theater to enjoy a movie with your family. You can make it just as special, or even more, in your own home.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.