With so many of us staying at home more recently, it’s the perfect time for having family movie nights. Want to make it extra fun? Check out these 9 move night movie ideas for kids to put a smile on your kiddos’ faces and enjoy an evening together at home!
With the stay-at-home orders still active in our state, movie nights have become a regular family activity. We decided to turn our TV room into a movie screening party for my kids and their friends. With everything that’s been happening, it seemed like the perfect way to get “out” without actually going out.
9 Movie Night Movie Ideas for Kids
Sure, you can have a movie night just sitting on the couch, but why not really make it fun! The following ideas make movie night feel like a night out at the movies – maybe even better!
1. Go all out with movie decorations!
Try shopping at your local party store’s online site. We found an amazing package of movie-themed decorations for only $10 on Amazon. We surrounded the TV and decorated our refreshments table to make it look super festive. We also purchased popcorn bags so that each child could have their own, like in a real movie theater.
2. Or consider a movie night theme night!
Instead of the standard movie decorations, you can also consider a theme night. We did a “Cool Runnings” theme night at our house recently where we watched the movie, had tropical Jamaica-themed decorations hanging up, and enjoyed Jamaican jerk chicken for dinner!
3. Create the right atmosphere.
When it comes to an at-home movie night for the kids, we’re all about making it casual and comfy. We told kids they could even come in their pajamas if they wanted to. Make sure to have blankets and pillows available so that everyone can get comfortable.
4. Think about the number of kids and seating.
This is more for the future when friends can come over again. If you’re inviting friends of your kids over, remember not to squeeze in too many. You want the kids to be comfortable.
They typically need a bit of wiggle room. We brought down extra pillows and a few extra chairs so that everyone had a seat without blocking the view of anyone else. Obviously, the right number of kids to invite depends on your personal preferences and the size of your living room or family room!
5. Let the kids vote for the movie!
At this kids movie night, we selected 3 current popular kids’ movies and had them vote for their favorite. The winning movie was our feature for the night, as though they were at a big Hollywood award show.
Other times, we’ve pulled out some of our own favorite movies from childhood – hello, Hocus Pocus, and Toy Story! – and let them vote from those. It’s always fun to give yourself a chance to reconnect with that inner child too. 😉
6. Make a Popcorn Mix-ins Bar!
We created a fun popcorn mix-in bar – super easy to put together and since each kid can customize their popcorn, everyone can find a snack they love. For a more adult version, I created the mix below with peanut butter cereal and strawberry powdered almonds. It’s so good!
Here are some kid-friendly ideas for your popcorn mix in bar:
- Mini marshmallows
- Gummy bears
- Candy coated chocolates
- Mini peanut butter cups
- Chopped up kit-kat bars
7. Play dress-up.
If you’ve got little kids, you can add to the excitement with this kids movie night idea – have them dress up in line with the movie! Watching a superhero movie? Make a fun cape for your little one to wear before the movie starts. Is it a sports-themed movie? Have them dress up in their favorite sports gear. A princess flick? Your daughter can put on her favorite fancy dress!
Obviously the older kids probably won’t go for this – but it’s great for preschool and early elementary age brackets.
8. Plan a read-and-watch.
As your kids get older, consider having a plan for a monthly read-and-watch. First, your child reads the book that the movie is based on. Then it’s time for the family movie night! After, you can chat about which was better – the book or the movie. (Even as an adult, I still love doing this!).
We did this for Harry Party, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Hunger Games, now that they are both teens.
10. Combine movie night and game night.
Movie nights are fun and game nights are fun, but combining them can be the best! 😉 Think about making a “movie bingo” board to go with a great kids movie, and your kids can check off scenes or phrases as they hear them.
Try These Movie Night Movie Ideas for Kids
Movie nights are always fun, but we can make them even better by going the extra mile. It’s more important now than ever. Give these movie night movie ideas a try and take your movie night to the next level. Everyone will have a blast!
My favorite movie is The Sweetest Thing.
My favorite movie is Star Wars.
I would say Bicentennial Man.
The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie.
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Infinity War is my favorite movie
One of my favorite movies is Ever After.
The Riddick series!
I love Singin’ in the rain.
Forrest Gump is my favorite movie
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One of my favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz. I never get tired of watching it.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite.
The original Footloose is my favorite movie 🙂
The Princess Bride!
My favorite movie is “A Christmas Story”.
I love Its a wonderful life
My favorite all-time movie is The Wizard of Oz.
The Hobbit is my favorite movie, had a lot of fun scenes.
Star Wars is my favorite movie.
I love the breakfast club
Kids love movie night ?
Tangled is my favorite movie.
My favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice, with Elf as a close second…if not a tie. Thank you for the chance to win!
There are so many good ones out there…mine include many but one of my favourite’s is “Memphis Belle.” I think it was 1988? Great true story.
My favorites are Ghostbusters and Twister.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
i would have to say my favorite movie is ” Fast and furious “
my fav movie is lord of the rings (trilogy)
One of my favorite movies is The Departed.
Original Star Wars is my favorite.
Favorite move is Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing
I really don’t have “favorite” books or movies. I like the Pink Panther series, and the Harry Potter movies.
My favorite movie is Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
I like A Beautiful Mind.
My favorite movie is Tombstone. I love all the actors!! I never get tired of that movie.
Now and Then is one of my favorite movies.
My favorite movie is Toy Story 4.
I love the movie Sense and Sensibility.
I love Legally Blonde and Pretty Woman.
My all time favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama. It is the perfect mix of comedy and romance shaken up.
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Favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama.
I have 3 favorite movies: The Color Purple, Imitation of Life, and The Notebook
The Goonies is my favorite
My favorite movie is 12 Angry Men.
Training Day is one of my favorite movies.
My favorite movie is Arthur….the original with Dudley Moore. I hate the sequel and refuse to even watch the remake.
the notebook is my favorite.
Gone With the Wind 🙂
I love the classic The Shop Around the Corner.
Empire Strikes Back is my favourite movie.
My favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama.
I like Murder on the Orient Express.
My favourite movie is Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone.
I love the holiday movie It’s A Wonderful Life
Pride and Prejudice.
Gone in 60 Seconds. I love the cars ^_^.
The Princess Bride! And like a million others lol
My favorite movie is Forrest Gump.
I love the Color Purple
I like the movie War Room.
My favorite movie is Some Like it Hot. It always makes me laugh.
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my favorite movie is Murder By Number!
I really love the movie Life As a House!
I love all types of movies especially horror. Love cuddling on the couch with hubby and watching them. We recently watched The Lodge and it was really good.
I still love Steel Magnolias.
The Shawshank Redemption has always been a favorite of mine.
My favorite movie is The Great Race
The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie 🙂
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I would say both Dirty Dancing and Ghost are my favorite movies.
I don’t really have one favorite movie. One that I love is The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
One of my favorite movies is Dirty Dancing.
The Last of the Mohicans is my favorite film.
My favorite movie is Casablanca
I love Bridesmaids.
To watch with the kid? Frozen or Tangled. We both love them & watch them all the time these days.
MY favorite movie is Grease. 🙂
My favorite movie is Titanic.
This is such a hard question! A lot of times I just say Alien because I wrote a huge paper on it in college, and it really made me appreciate it more.
My favorite is West Side Story.
Titanic is my favorite movie.
Don’t really have one
Pretty Woman is my all-time favourite movie!
My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice.
Jurassic Park is my fav
My all time fave movie is Dirty Dancing
My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias
My favorite movie is American Beauty
You can’t beat a great movie night at home! One of my favorite movies is The Sound of Music
Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite movie.
It’s t really hard for me to pick a favorite but one is Ever After (1998).
The Labyrinth with David Bowie is my favorite
My favorite is the original version of The Producers with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.
Great ideas! We’ll have to use some of these as a family! One thing we did last weekend was tent camping in our backyard and we had the laptop with us and enjoyed watching Funniest Home Videos before going to bed. Just mixed up the routine and our three young boys loved it.
Favorite movie? How about three: “West Side Story”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and the original “Star Wars”.
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
My favorite movie is Yours, Mine and Ours – the original version with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball.
I love Frozen! 🙂
It’s so stupid, but my favorite movie right now is Superbad! I think the terribleness of the movie as a whole makes it enjoyable to watch!
My favorite movies are White Christmasz Saving Private Ryan, and Dallas (1950)
My favorite movie is the notebook
I love the Sound of Music.
My favorite movie is Adventures in Babysitting.
About Time! I could watch it every day!
A favorite is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Favorite movie- hard to choose but one of my favorites is the original “The Notebook” based on the book by Nicolas Sparks with James Gardener.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a great movie!!
I’ve loved Hook since I was a kid!
My favorite movie is Pretty Woman.
My favorite movie is Jurassic Park.
This looks like so much fun! One of my favorite movies is The Notebook.
I have lots of favorite movies. I would have to say whichever one I’m watching at the time.
My favorite movie is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Probably Pretty woman.
I love The Lion King.
Cute idea!! I love my musicals.. Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia, etc..and Cary Grant movies the very best!!
My favorite is the original The Stepford Wives. I know it has a reputation for being really cheesy, but I just love it.
my favorite movie is Star Wars
My favorite film is Annie Hall.
All time favorite movie is The Shining – talk about suspenseful!
of all time? That’s a tough one cause I love so many. I’ll go with Schindler’s List though, that’s the one that stuck with me.
my favorite movie is Pretty woman
Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie
My favorite movie is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand!
My favorite movie is Usual Suspects. Never saw the ending coming!
I love The Princess Bride
the wizard of oz is my favorite movie.
The wedding singer is my favorite!
I like the Notebook.
Fight club, and last samurai.
One of my favorite is Pretty Woman
This is a great idea. I don’t really have one favorite movie.. there are so many good ones. One of my latest ones we rented I love is Bohemian Rhapsody.
I love the idea of decorating since our days are so monotonous it really can make any day into an occasion!! Also great movie snacks are key – popcorn with lots of salted butter for the win!
I love sound of music and princess diaries.
Amityville horror is my favorite movie. Any old one but scary good
Love the Movie I am Wrath
My favorite movie is The Princess and the Frog
Oh my gosh! I love the dress-up idea! I have two little girls who would love that 🙂
I really like the idea of kids having a say in the movie night feature! LOVE the candy mixed in with popcorn too.
Steel Magnolias is my favorite movie.
What a great and fun idea! Cherished memories for you and your kids for sure.
I don’t yet gave kids…however I live for a movie night with friends =) I will be using these ideas for my next girls night in!
My favorite movie is Romeo and Juliet
My favorite movie is the lion, the witch and the wardrobe!
I don’t yet have kids…however I live for a great movie night with friends =) I am going to use these ideas for my next girls night in!
we love movie nights! what a fun way to spice it up a bit!
Absolutely adorable! I can’t remember the last time I hosted a movie night for the kids. Although a movie night with friends would be okay too for the ideas here! I so love the popcorn mixins corner!
Great idea 🙂 I love movie night with my nieces or nephews. Great fun 🙂
you can never go wrong with getting decorations for under $10 😀