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Great Family Movie Night Food Ideas
Classic movie snacks and food are perfect choices for your at-home movie night; and, they are certainly much cheaper at home! As in all family fun nights, supper should be light and easy to prepare so that you can get right to the fun. Take-out is always an option, but we're trying to increase the number of at-home meals at our house. I've found a few favorite online spots with recipe ideas for quick and healthy meals.
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Family movie nights are just a bit more structured than simply renting a movie and letting the kids watch it. You will need to consider movies that are free from profanity, free from sexual content and excessive violence. There is hope and a simple way to take care of all these things and make your night enjoyable. Remember, the point of a family fun night is to make it a simple, but special event that involves all the family.
Set a movie start time and take care of all chores before you settle in for the movie. Movies are an escape, and you can't escape when you're so close to all those household tasks that needed to be done. A darkened room and plenty of comfy seating are the prerequisites to family movie night. The nice thing about watching movies at home is that you are in control. Schedule an intermission for bathroom and snack breaks. Or, make it a double feature with the second showing after the youngest have gone to bed.
There's nothing easier than grabbing a DVD at the local movie store. At least, that's what I thought until we tried Netflix. With Netflix you pay a flat monthly fee and receive DVD's by mail. When you finish one, send it back and they will mail you the next one on your list. It's fun to check your mail and find the new movies you have for the weekend. If you live in a location with a convenient Blockbuster and have kids who enjoy video games, Blockbuster's identical program also includes a free in-store video game rental each month. You can also exchange your movies at your local store. What I really like with Netflix or Blockbuster is that with either program with the Internet in your home you may use your computer to instantly watch movies on your computer or on your TV instantly streaming the video whenever you wish without having to drive or walk to the the nearest kiosk and then have to return it. I don't know if you are like me, but I hardly ever get them back the next day or a friend wants to borrow it, usually costing me more than the initial costs. I can just go on line and instantly watch a high quality streaming video of the movie of my choice. More useful and simpler to setup and use is a Roko device, a television with these features enabled or a PS3 or Wii system, as well as, some Blu-ray or DVD systems enabled with Internet access to set up for your Netflix or Blockbuster account.
If you've ever stood in a video store and wondered whether a title would be enjoyable and appropriate for family viewing, you will find that with just a few quick clicks on your computer you can have all the info you need to make great movie choices. Online reviews and content details will help you evaluate a movie before you rent or buy, plus you'll get ideas for good movies to try. I've been pleased with the movie recommendations based on my rentals at Netflix; and, I always find some great ideas for movies I wanted to see but didn't.
For clean family entertainment a system called ClearPlay is the best that I have found that seamlessly removes any inappropriate content that you set to avoid. Think about it! You can get any DVD you would like to watch, but haven't because of inappropriate material that the movie contains, pop it in the ClearPlay DVD player and you will be able to watch the movie without the curse words, sex scenes and the like. ClearPlay is a DVD player that will enable your family to enjoy all of the wonderful Hollywood movies you’ve always wanted to watch—without all of the junk you didn't’ want.