Fun Family Flicks
Family movie night is a fun tradition that kids of all ages enjoy. It provides an opportunity for the entire family to spend quality time together while being introduced to new films and classic favorites. Follow these tips for choosing movies for family movie night, and enjoy the show!
Set a theme for the month
At the beginning of each month, select a theme for your family movie nights for that particular month. For example in October, you can watch ghost movies. In December, Christmas classics are perfect. And in February, romantic comedies are ideal.
Consider the ages of your children
You will need to choose movies that your whole family can understand and enjoy. If your kids are far apart in age, pick two films for every movie night. The more juvenile film can be viewed first with the entire family. At "intermission," you can put the younger children to bed and then watch the other film with your older children.
Pick a recent release
If you want to watch a new movie, visit redbox.com, netflix.com or moviefone.com where you can browse the latest DVD releases. These websites allow you to sort the movies by genre to help find the perfect flick for your family.
Select an animated film
A large number of animated films have been released — and re-released — in recent years. These movies are fun family choices that children of all ages love, but are particularly suited for younger kids. Select one of these animated favorites:
Check out one of the classics
Have your kids seen all the classic family movies? Introduce them to one of your childhood favorites or a movie from decades gone by. We suggest:
Watch a series of movies
Your family also may enjoy watching a series of films over a month or two of family movie nights. Pick from one of these series (and remember to consider the age of your kids):
Take a vote
Once the parents have narrowed down their movie ideas to three or four choices, allow the entire family to vote and decide which film you will watch on family movie night. Take the vote several days before family movie night so that you can secure the DVD from Netflix or the video store.
More tips to make family movie night fun
More tips for family movie night