I remember being a little girl and going to the movies with my parents to see E.T. We went to a $5 matinee, bought popcorn, drinks and candy, and sat back and watched the movie on the big screen. I remember cuddling up closely to my parents during the somewhat-scary scenes and laughing out loud at the funny scenes. I didn’t even realize it as a child, but I was making memories with my family at the movies.
Now that I have children of my own, I want to make movie memories with them. We love going to see kid-friendly films, eating popcorn, and drinking soda. I love that we can make memories together as a family at the theater!
I remember going to the drive-in with my boys when they were just babies and nursing them to sleep while watching a movie on the screen outside and listening to it on the radio in our car. I remember taking my kids to the movie by myself for the first time and feeling like I could do anything on my own! Not only have I made good memories for myself with my family, but I also like for our kids to have good memories of going to the theater, just like I did when I was a kid. Here are a few ways you can make memories with your family at the movies.
- Take pictures with the fun displays both before and after the movie in the theater. I will never forget taking my boys with my mom to see Despicable Me and taking pictures with them in front of the huge display out in the lobby. They had a blast….and so did I!!!
- Give each child his or her special box of snacks. We like to buy large-sized popcorn and then pour each child his or her own box. Then we typically buy a large soda for them to split or bring a water bottle for each child. They love sitting in the theater with their own box of goodies.
- Give your child a shirt to wear that shows their excitement for the movie they are about to see. For instance, my boys loved wearing their Despicable Me shirts when they went to see the movie.
- Prepare a fun and yummy snack! One of our favorite snacks is Muddy Buddies. Basically, you melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and vanilla. Then stir together and coat the cereal. Next, place the cereal in a bag and sprinkle lots of powdered sugar. Then close the bag and shake. Wah lah – you have Muddy Buddies!
- Visit the movie’s website and print out activity or coloring sheets for your child to draw or color prior to seeing the movie. What’s even better is that these are free!
- Give each child the opportunity to choose the movie the family will see together! This teaches them to take turns, but also gives them the chance to plan the family activity.
How do you make memories with your family at the movies?
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