14 Award-Winning Movie Night Ideas the Kids Will Love

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Ready to spice up your usual movie night? This time, roll out the red carpet, pop some popcorn and throw a movie night party for your budding film buffs and their friends. From invites to games to giveaways, we’ve rounded the best movie night ideas that’ll have you pulling off a five-star evening with ease. Read on for all the details.

Movie Night Invites

One of our favorite movie night ideas is to start with an invitation! We especially love the idea of an “all-access badge” that kids can wear to the party. To get all the details on this epic party, complete with a red carpet and popcorn arch, click here.

Award-Winning Decor

Become a party planner extraordinaire on the fly with a set of printables. Etsy shop Cupcake Wishes has an awesome movie night pack that includes a popcorn bar garland, table signs for food, a personalized invite and more. Your home will be transformed into a theater in no time. 

Movie Night Ticket Garland

How cute is this movie night idea? Run a ticket chain from wall to wall for an adorable decoration. It's so easy to put together that you might end up making it long enough to loop the house twice. Mom blogger Rubyellen of CAKIES suggests using washi tape (or glue) to stick them together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors!


Movie Night Fort

Turn your movie night into a mini slumber party by building a fort, filling it with comfy cushions and busting out the Christmas lights for the perfect lighting. Need some fort inspiration? Here are 18 different sized and styled ones that work for any home.

Sweet Snack Caddy

A movie night usually involves lots of bite-sized snacks, which is why we think this idea from Penny Pincher Jenny is pure genius. Each compartment has a big enough space for snacks and drinks, and the handle makes it easy to clean up when the fun is over. Head to your local dollar store to stock up for the big night.

Special Movie Night Popcorn

When it comes to movie night ideas, what’s better than popcorn? Popcorn with all the trimmings! The candy bar trend has moved into popcorn, and we like the version created by Jessica of Happily Hughes—stylish and easy to recreate. 

Movie Night Snacks

Avoid a tomato sauce mess with these convenient pizza roll-ups. This also works as a great activity for kids if they love to make their own meals. In a short five minutes, you can have your own pocket of ooey-gooey cheese! Head over to foodaholic Christy’s blog The Girl Who Ate Everything for the full recipe.


Pick Your Movie Night Selection

This might be the most important party planning step: picking a movie. To help get you started, check out our list of movies that kids should see before turning 10. With more than 100 to choose from, you’re sure to find a winner on this list.

Make Your Movie Night Drinks Glow

Ambient lighting in the drinks? Now that’s one way to get your buddy’s friends talking for ages. Glowing green, yellow, purple or blue, the mesmerizing refreshment also prevents spillage by being visible in the dark. See how crafting blog Come Together Kids made these drinks safe for kids.

Movie Night Memory Game

You’ve seen every Disney movie twice, and you've marked the calendar to watch another (again)—so why not have a little fun with your Mouseketeer’s love for the films with a Disney Couples Memory Game? Family blogger Sarah of Bombshell Bling has printable memory cards that you can use. 

Print Out Movie Pictures for Young Kids

Challenge kids to a seek-and-find game as they watch the movie. Use pictures of the characters for young tots, spelled-out character names for your budding readers or a mixture of both! Wiz kids will feel like winners as they recognize the characters on and off the screen. Get more great tips for this game from Hands on As We Grow.


Read the Book First

Got siblings with varying bedtimes? When your tiniest bookworm doesn’t want to miss out on the movie, start off with a quick story time. Many children’s films have an abridged flipbook too. We can already hear the excitement of having story time, a movie and bedtime all in one!

Send Home Movie Night Party Favors

Keep your goodie bags simple (but super cute) with this fun idea from Sweet Designs. With some creative cutting and drawing, paper bags become old-school movie tickets. Fill them up with candy or brownies to send them off in style. 

Reel-Inspired Movie Night Goody Boxes

Your film fanatic might not know what these reel-y cool boxes are, but after filling them with awesome treats and favors, they’ll love it anyway! Psst...these boxes do take a little origami work. Get your printable DIY copy at PiggyBankParties via Etsy for $5.



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