There is something a little magical about popping up a huge bowl of buttery popcorn, throwing a mass of blankets and pillows on the floor, turning down the lights, and settling in as a family to watch a movie. The greasy fingers and the community kitchen towel “napkin”. The giggles and the “oohs” and “ahhs” that only children can make sound so delightful. The tiny snores from the little sleeping mass who just couldn’t keep their eyes open any longer snuggled against your body.
Family movie night is a special time in our house. Forgetting about the bills and the to-do lists and getting engrossed in the wonderment of cinema with my family from the comfort of our little “nest” of blankets and pillows has a way of making me feel perfectly content.
My kids are both under 6 years old which means the movies we pick for family movie night are kid-friendly and usually G-rated. But kid-friendly doesn’t mean you have to spend two hours watching Dora the Explorer wondering how you can shut that map up. I’m thankful that the movies we watch on family movie night are not only kid-friendly but adult-friendly too. Even better is that my kids are open to watching movies that weren’t made this decade—or the last several decades for that matter.
There are some really great movies from our childhood that we can’t wait to share with our kids. We have already watched some of our favorites for family movie nights—The Wizard of Oz, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory—and our 5 year old loved them all.
When we watch a movie together that I watched as child and I see that gleam of excitement in my children’s eyes—that same gleam I had in my own eyes when I watched that movie as a child—I feel like I’ve won the memory-making lottery. It’s nostalgia and new experiences all balled together into one awesome experience. It makes me want to scour Netflix and fill my queue with all my favorites from 25+ years ago for future family movie nights.
It will definitely include the these great movies from my childhood.
Andre the Giant, awesome lines of dialogue that never get old, and Inigo Montoya.
Zoltar, FAO Schwarz, and tiny corn.
Pirates, adventures, and tiny but totally not-yet-creepy Corey Feldman.
A Christmas Story
Major awards, bunny pajamas, and Red Ryder BB guns!
The Dark Crystal & Labyrinth
Yes I realize these were both on my Totally Creepy Movies From Our Youth list but they are so much more than just creepy. Jim Henson’s involvement alone makes them a must see in my opinion.
Do you have any movies from your childhood that you can’t wait to share with your own kids? Share them with us in the comments!
Holly teaches design at a small NW Ohio college. She spends her days off hanging out with her foxy musician husband and their gorgeous new baby and ridiculously smart pre-school aged son. Holly has a passion for food, photography, beautiful letter forms, and the possibilities that can be found in a single sheet of well made paper. You can read more from Holly on her blog, Artist Mother Teacher.