It’s family movie night, and watching a family film together provides the perfect opportunity to create all the fun of the cinema, at home! Here’s the Mykidstime guide to Making Your Own Home Cinema For Family Movie Night!
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Ok we’re not talking techy stuff here like surround sound systems, but recreating the experience of going to the movies at home. So for your next movie evening, why not have a bit of extra fun and set up your home “cinema” with a few little fun extras?
Choose The Film
First task is to choose the film, either using a voting system or drawing choices out of a hat. Or, perhaps the youngest child gets to choose one time, second youngest next time and so on.
If you need some inspiration then check out these film idea articles:
- An A to Z of Fun Family Films
- 50 of the Best Family Movies of All Time
- 100 Terrific Tween Movies The Whole Family Will Enjoy
- Classic Films to Watch with the Kids
- 40 of the Best Feel-Good Family Films
Make A Poster
Get the kids to design a poster for the movie, they can use the DVD cover or image from the streaming service for inspiration.
Make sure the movie show time is on the poster so everyone knows when it starts!
Nothing better than snuggling under a cuddly blanket or throw while you are watching the movie so make sure they are to hand.
Create Some Tickets
You’ll need some tickets for the cinema for entry for everyone coming to watch the film. So ask your child to create some tickets that you have to hand over when you arrive at the “cinema”.
Or if you want you can use our free Tickets printable and have them cut the tickets out.
Set Up A Box Office
You’ll also need to set up a Box Office where you “pay” and collect your ticket. This could be a chair at the table. Decide on what each ticket will “cost” and have your child count the money they receive for the tickets to make sure it was correct.
You can’t have movie time, without popcorn and drinks (and sweets!). So organise some drinks and make some popcorn.
If you don’t have popcorn bags, you can make simple cones out of paper (twist the bottom so the popcorn doesn’t fall out) to hold your popped corn.
How To Make Popcorn In a Pot
If you don’t have microwaveable popcorn, here’s how to make popcorn in a pot:
- Drizzle some oil into the bottom of your pot and add a layer of popcorn kernels.
- Make sure you put the lid on!
- Put onto a medium heat on your cooker and after a few minutes you’ll hear the popping start, give the pan a shake once or twice to redistribute the kernels and stop them from burning.
- Once the popping has stopped, empty them into a bowl and throw in a knob of butter to your pot to melt and pour the melted butter over the popped corn.
Close the curtains, dim the lights in the room, hand over your ticket when you arrive and, if you have a torch or flashlight to hand, why not let your child usher you to your seat with it?
Enjoy the movie!
Over to you now. Did you make your own home cinema experience for family movie night? Tell us in the comments below, we’d love to hear what movie you watched!