So I was over the moon when my friend told me of her plan to host a ‘Movie Night’ at her house for all of the kids during the school holidays. She got a few ideas of fun little touches from Pinterest to make the experience that bit more special.
The first little touch was posting all of the kids their very own entry tickets and a few treat tokens to bring with them on the night. The boys couldn’t contain their excitement when their tickets arrived and they were put in prize position on the bookcase until it was time to go.
When we arrived the entry tickets were collected and everyone chose their seats for the film. She thought that it would be more fun for the kids if we watched a film that was still available at the cinemas, so Paddington it was. 🙂
The windows were blacked out and the room was set up with loads of cosy seating for all of the kiddies (plus us mums). Each child was also given a glow in the dark bracelet before the film began. It sounds silly but it’s all of these little touches that make it special for the kids. They thought it was great and the room did look good with all of the children partially glowing!
About halfway through the film we stopped for an intermission. One of the tokens was collected from each child in exchange for a hot dog and drink. They could then use some more tokens to help themselves to the treat table. After this they were then informed that the tokens that were used for the hot dogs could be redeemed at the end of the film if they were super good during the second half. I thought that this was a fab incentive for them to behave because it could have become a bit wild once the sugar kicked in from their desert treats.
Well, the incentive worked and they were all as quiet as a mouse during the last half, apart from laughing at the daft bear of course.
But even though the film had finished, this movie night was far from over (unlike the real cinema). While the room was still dark, music was put on and down poured a load of neon balloons that had been kept safe up near the ceiling by a pulleymaid. The kids went wild popping the balloons to reveal more glow in the dark bracelets. Let the party begin!
As you have probably guessed the kids had a fantastic time, and so did us mums too. I would totally recommend giving this a go if you think that it is something that your kids would love. And who doesn’t love giving kids a fantastic time that they will remember for years to come without breaking the bank.
The great thing about it is that you can spend as much or as little as you like. The tokens that were used for this night weren’t super fancy ones that you have to go to a special printers to get done, they were just printed at home. Simple but effective. Plus all of the other exciting elements to the night were bought from bargian shops like Home Bargains and Poundland.
Now we all know that kids will love anything that you do for them that means that they get to spend time with their friends and have fun. So why don’t you give your own ‘Movie Night’ a go and see what special memories you can create for your children?
Have you ever hosted a kids home movie night? If you have, what ideas would you pass on?