Family Flicks {Summer Bucket List}

Back in February, we took the crew to their first movie in a theater. We have a discount theater nearby and tickets are a whopping $1.15 each, and kids under three are free. Seriously, it cost us $2.30 for six of us to see a movie in a theater.  Unsure of how they’d behave, we sat on the back row in case we needed to make a quick escape.  Being movie aficionados, all four watched the entire movie intently.  Ever since, I wanted to take them to another, but waited for the right film to drop, and for a day when Nisey & Terri could join us.  A few weeks ago, Home was on the schedule and it looked perfect.

summer movie

Since tickets were inexpensive, we splurged on popcorn and soda from the concession stand.  Even paying full price for snacks, I think we spent less on tickets plus snacks than we would have at a traditional theater. We all enjoyed the movie and the kids behaved just as well as they did for their first theater flick.

Following the movie, the quads had a blast darting up and down the long theater hallways.  Fortunately, no one else was in the vicinity so they didn’t bother anyone.

summer movie

Long before we had kids, George and I received an hot dog roller for our media room.  Not expecting much out of it, we threw a few hot dogs on it and they cooked perfectly, just like at a concession stand.  We later found matching hot dog and popcorn holders, and hoped they would eventually be perfect for family movie night.   We were right. One evening when the dinner hour approached, we spread a quilt over the living room floor and set up TV trays.  We dusted off our trusty hot dog roller and accessories and prepped a concession stand dinner with hot dogs, pickles, tater tots, and popcorn.  Since we don’t typically eat in the living room, the quads were thrilled.

Family Movie night concessions

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

Since family movie night, there have been numerous requests to eat in the living room, but all were denied.  However, I think there are many more family movie nights in the future.  What is your favorite concession stand snack?

Here’s to another item marked off our summer bucket list!

  1. Movies
  2. Sea Life Aquarium
  3. Train ride
  4. Fire station tour
  5. Library story time
  6. Sprayground
  7. Zoo
  8. Bahama Buck’s
  9. Frozen yogurt
  10. Community pool
  11. Grill dinner outside
  12. Water Table
  13. Inflatable Pool
  14. Sprinklers
  15. Ice Cream
  16. Indoor playgrounds
  17. Lee’s Grilled Cheese
  18. Blow bubbles
  19. Chalk drawings
  20. Board games
  21. Play dates
  22. Summer Reading Club
  23. Dance classes
  24. Fireworks
  25. Sleep over with grandparents
  26. Nature Walks
  27. Bounce house
  28. Popsicles
  29. S’mores
  30. Sparklers
  31. Water pistol duels



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7 thoughts on “Family Flicks {Summer Bucket List}

  1. I love the little trays you have set up for movie time. The kids are so cute! We’ve been enjoying crossing things off our summer bucket list too. Enjoy the summer!


    • They received those trays from my aunt at Christmas, and they are awesome! We use them for snacks, coloring, puzzles, ect.
      So happy you’re knocking items off a bucket list too! Have fun!


  2. This brings up great memories– when I was the age of your kids, we had no TV so you can imagine our excitement when we finally did get one (I guess I was 5) and they usually showed movies on Friday nights. I remember many enjoyable evenings on the couch with the family + homemade popcorn, watching the “Movie of the Week.” haha! I feel so OLD but I’m only 58.


    • Aww! I love that nostalgia. My dad talks about family movies Friday nights like that. Apparently wizard of oz was a popular movie to show and the monkeys scared the tar out of him as a kid. I think family movie night is why popcorn is my favorite snack!


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