There’s nothing like the joys of going to the movies. However, if you’ve been staying away from cinemas for one reason or another recently, there’s still plenty of ways to make a home view experience feel like a real event for the whole family.
The problem with much of home viewing is that it’s far too easy to pick up the remote, throw something on, and have little to no fanfare around it. This is going to feel less like going to the movies and more like putting on some background noise at home.
Embracing a few of the family movie night ideas at home found below can help make the experience feel special and exciting again. Read on and we’ll walk you through what you need to know.
1. Make It an Event
A lot of fun of heading out to the movie theater in town is the anticipation of it all. There’s a set time you have to be there where you know the lights will go down. The idea of what the movie might be is dancing through your head.
You’ve mentally prepared yourself to sit down in the dark and give yourself over to the film. It’s exciting.
This is not really the environment you’re setting up at home when you cluster everyone together in the living room and debate for twenty minutes about what you might want to watch. You might have someone still doing dishes in the kitchen as the movie starts, or people coming and going freely.
If you want to have a special experience, it’s important to treat it as such going in. Pick out the night’s movie ahead of time and let everyone know what it is and what time it is going to start.
This will help create an environment that is more conducive to having a special experience together.
2. Create a Concession Stand
The routines of going to the cinema are also some of the joy of the movie-going experience. You can help to create a little bit of this magic at home by creating a concession stand that those in the family can visit.
Put a side table up with all sorts of snacks and treats. Pop popcorn. Get some candy-like M&Ms and Twizzlers and whatever you like to get at the movie theater. Have someone in the home be the concession worker and have them dish out concessions for everyone else as they order.
If you really want to go the extra mile, you can give the kids in your family some monopoly money and have them purchase their concessions. For added authenticity, have some trailers for upcoming releases playing as everyone gets their food and gets settled.
3. Movie Night Under the Stars
If it’s a nice, clear night out, there’s little that can make movie night more enjoyable than taking the whole out to your backyard. Watching a projected movie under the stars is a whole different kind of experience and dates back to the earliest days of drive-ins.
If you’ve never done a movie in your backyard before, there will be some challenges that you’ll need to overcome. A nice screen will be good, but if you’re really trying to DIY it up a bed sheet taped taunt will work just fine.
Often, it’s actually the audio that can be the biggest challenge outside. With wind and other outdoor noises moving past, it can be hard to hear the movie well unless you have a good sound system set up.
If you’d rather purchase something than put together a DIY set up, you’ll want to compare different packages and see which would work best for your budget and preferences.
4. Set Up Special Seating
If you want to make the night a little more special, why don’t you adjust how you normally have your living room set up? Bringing in bean bags, rolling out a spare mattress — whatever you can do to help create a different environment than normal can help to make movie night feel special.
Your kids will be thrilled to roll around on the floor and enjoy the film as opposed to sitting on the couch like they normally do.
You can even make themed ‘chairs’ out of cardboard boxes. If you’re watching a space movie, turn one into a spaceship. A jungle adventure? Maybe a boat. Your kids can sit in these while they watch the movie, feeling like they are part of the journey themselves.
5. Play a Game
If you’re rewatching a movie everyone has seen before, you can take a few liberties to make the watching experience fun in different ways. If there are certain motifs throughout a film, have a competition to see who can point them out. Whoever gets the most points at the end of the night wins.
If it’s just adults around, you might turn the night into a drinking game. Lookup rules online for the movie you’re watching (there are tons around) and proceed to get a little tipsy as the movie rolls on.
If you’re watching a musical, challenge your kids to sing and dance along to each number. How well can they keep up with all of the songs? There’s a lot of ways to bring some activity into the evening even if you’re watching something you’re already familiar with.
Family Movie Night Ideas at Home
If you’re looking for some fun family movie night ideas at home, you can’t go wrong with any of the suggestions listed above. Making movie night special is a great way to share some memorable moments with family. It’s a great way to enjoy what still might be our finest art form.
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