This has been one exciting summer so far. To save money this summer, we are skipping the costly day camps and planning activities of our own. We swim in our neighborhood pool almost daily, visit the children’s library around the corner, go bowling, skating, and take advantage of cheaper entertainment.
My husband and I have been on a strict budget these last few months. Our local movie theaters have discounted movie days for kids. At first, I thought we’d take advantage of them, but then decided we were better off staying home and planning our own movie days and nights in the comfort of our own home. We would still be able to watch popular movies for kids without the higher cost of paying to see a movie in a theater.
It’s super simple and fun to plan your own movie night at home. If you stay at home with your kids during the day, plan movie days. My kids love to be entertained during the day with movies, too!
To plan your own family movie night (or day), provide snacks and drinks for the kids. I create these fun snack trays for my kids that include popcorn, candy, and a drink. My girls love having their own tray with their own portions of treats and goodies to enjoy during the movie. I usually allow my girls to pick out the movie they want to watch, also.
These cute and festive candy bowls are perfect for your child’s favorite movie candy!
For our family movie nights, we let our girls build a fort in our living room with chairs, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals and more. When it’s movie time, we turn off all of the lights, provide their snacks and drinks, and start the movie. By creating a “theater like” atmosphere in our own home, we no longer feel the need to visit our local theaters anymore.
Do you plan regular family movie nights at home? How do you make them special for your kids?