Five Ideas for the Perfect Family Movie Night
It's more fun to watch a movie all together. Lights, Camera, Action!
Set the Scene
Once you've chosen the movie, create the scene. Dim the lights, move the furniture around. Make it an occasion!
Make Some Movie Food
Everyone loves movie food like popcorn and ice-cream, pick-and-mix in paper bags and of course don't forget the Sunny D!
Choose A Theme
Is it scary films, Harry Potter, westerns, old weepies, musicals? Whatever you choose, create a sense of occasion to fit the theme. Have themed food and decorations and insist that everyone dresses up appropriately!
Make your own movie tickets. Print them out from the internet or design your own. Don't forget to include the film title, date, time and location. When the 'audience' arrives tear the tickets or make a hole with a hole puncher.
Take a Break
Have an interval for refreshments and give the youngest members of the audience a chance to fidget.
Relax, kick back, enjoy the show. I love movie night!
Ten Ideas for the Perfect Family Movie!
It's hard to choose a movie that is suitable for all ages but here at Sunny D we love all of these and guarantee your family will too!
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Charlie Bucket gets the Golden Ticket and gains access to the chocolate factory and adventure.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Okay it's a cartoon about fish but adults love the silly humour as well. Be warned there are a few scary moments.
ET the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The story of a boy called Elliot who befriends an alien and helps him return to his home planet. Very dated now but guaranteed to bring a tear to everyone's eye.
The Snowman (2006)
At only 26 minutes long this film will hold the attention at any age. Compulsory viewing in the winter.
A Disney classic but be warned it's really sad and quite intense. Some children may find it too upsetting.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
The first of the Harry Potter films and not as dark as the later ones. Harry Potter and his friends are only 11 in this. It's long though – over 2 hours.
The Sound of Music (1965)
A classic, perfect for the family to watch together. Julie Andrews stars and the adventures of the Von Trapp children will have you singing along.
The Lion King (1994)
One of Disney's greatest movies but it has scary moments, like when Mufasa, Simba's father, is killed by a herd of wildebeests.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
In black and white which may be a challenge for some children but it's fun to watch an 'old' movie together. After all these years later it's still one of the best family movies around.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
The cartoon is better than the remake. It has great characters and just the right mixture of adventure and comedy.