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One thing that we love to do as a family is movie nights. It’s something my family did when I was young and I’ve kept the tradition alive with my family. We’ve been doing this since Little A was 2 and every time we mention we’re doing carpet picnic movie night, she anxiously awaits the day to come. I can’t wait for EJ to be old enough to enjoy family movie night as well!
There are a few specific things we do to ensure everyone enjoys movie night, and things don’t get out of control.
First, we get our pajamas on. This is a necessity for a successful movie night. You want everyone to be comfortable and ready for bed when the movie is over.
Next, we put down a carpet picnic. What is a carpet picnic you may ask? Well, first you spread out a few blankets; enough to cover the whole floor where everyone will be sitting.
After the picnic area is ready, we get dinner. We usually do pizza on family movie nights. It’s a special treat for all of us and easy enough to clean up after so no one is missing the movie. Little A has very specific pizza requirements (pepperoni and pineapple and nothing else) so we usually end up with 2 pizzas. And we let her choose a special drink, usually a juice box, while the hubs and I have wine.
And finally it’s time to start the movie! We usually let Little A pick out the movie, but we will veto some every now and then. She has a habit of wanting to watch the same movies over and over for months. Sorry sister, I am not going to watch Sleeping Beauty again for the 100th time.
Every few months we’ll pick out a new movie to watch. This month we were able to stream The Good Dinosaur for free thanks to VUDU and the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan. With the Family Mobile Plus Plan you have unlimited talk, text and data with 10GB of 4G LTE data, as well as a free new release movie each month courtesy of VUDU ($7 value), all for $49.88 a month!
I was really surprised at the amount of data this plan includes. 10GB is a ton of data so you never have to worry about letting the kids stream movies or play games. And right now you can start your service on any plan with the starter kit for only $19.88! I chose the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (which was on RollBack from $99.92 to $79.92) and with the incredible data plan we’re able to use our Chromecast to stream videos to our TV.
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If you want to make your movie night extra special, add a sweet treat at the end. We rarely do this, but Little A had been such a doll this week that we thought ice cream sundaes would be a fun intermission activity.
Does your family do movie nights? Do you have any fun traditions that you do?
Family movie nights are the very very best! Uhh… Ice cream sundaes?! Yes, please.
We do family movie nights too! I feel like that’s the go-to entertainment when you have kids! For us, it lasts 15 minutes because that’s all Henry can sit still for and with a 7pm bedtime, that’s all we get in anyway!
Having your PJ’s on for movie night is always the important first step!! If Gary and I can agree on a movie we definitely enjoy watching them!!
I love that you guys have this tradition– and a double yes to pizza and ice cream for a movie night 🙂
AH! We used to do this when I was younger! Every Sunday and they are my fondest memories growing up. LOVE the addition of wine haha
Looks like such a fun night! I love the throw blanket and that ice cream looks delicious! Family movie nights are the best!!!
How fun!! Your pizza looks much more appetizing to me 🙂 I hate pineapple on pizza! And the wine looks delicious. I miss being able to have a glass in the living room. The other day, A knew I had a glass in the back and about freaked out :-/ Anyway, love how y’all do your movie nights!
Family movie nights are the best. Especially when you add in pizza and a glass of wine. 🙂
We used to do this all the time growing up! We even had a little red and white picnic blanket we would use. I think I want to start doing it with my kids now, too! Thanks, Tiffany!
What an awesome family movie night. Wine. Ice cream. A blanket on the floor! Perfect!
Moments like these really stand out in our children’s memories.
Thanks for sharing Tiffany!