With the winter months approaching, in many areas outside playtime is limited due to weather conditions. Children have to play more indoors and parents search for ways to entertain their children in a confined space.
What about having a weekly family movie night? Pop bags of popcorn and gather in front of the television (or computer with streaming video) and watch a good family movie. Check out Common Sense Media's"5 Tips to Make Family Movie Night a Success" for details on making this night fun and memorable.
Take turns choosing the movie
Location, location, location
Make it a theme night
Talk about it
Please share your ideas about hosting family movie night.
Would you invite friends and family members to share in the fun?
What are some of your favorite movies to show the family?
Lynne, we are all about family movie night at our house. We bring out the mattress and lay it in front of the TV and we all lay down with blankets. Even the 18 month old gets in her movie watching position. We usually plan it earlier in the day but don't have a movie in mind until we look through the list on our computer. Just recently we watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Disney's Atlantis and Denise the Menace Christmas. I love the idea about setting up a theme for the night! We do end up talking about the movies and making references to it over the next few days.
One of the advantages of scheduling it ahead of time could be that if it's based on a book (like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), you can read it ahead of time for bedtime and then you can discuss how it did or didn't match what you were expecting. Or if it isn't based on a book, you could find books that tie in (like Mr. Popper's Penguins, Penguins at Home, or I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly and Other Questions About Polar Lands to read around the time you're watching Happy Feet).