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Family Friendly Movie Night Ideas

by Jemma Fletcher (follow)
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Comedy, fantasy, action, musicals – we've got you covered!

Finding quality time in our busy lives can be tough, but it's essential to develop and maintain close family relationships.

Family movie nights give the opportunity to bond with all members of your family, and children will love getting cosy on the couch with their favourite snack.

Are you having trouble finding a movie you all agree on? Work your way through these family-friendly recommendations:


Honey, I Shrunk The Kids: When kids sneak into inventor Wayne's upstairs lab to take back a baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturises them. When Wayne returns home, he destroys the device (which he thinks is a failure) and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it.

Flubber: Professor Philip is experimenting with new kinds of energy when he discovers a lively, rubber-like substance dubbed "flubber". Unfortunately, the mischievous flubber seems to have a mind of its own!

Paddington: A young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home where he finds shelter with the family of Henry and Mary Brown.

Home Alone: When 8-year-old Kevin is mistakenly left behind by his family, he awakens to an empty house. Two con men plan to rob the residence and Kevin alone must protect the family home.

Finding Nemo: Marlin is a clown fish who is overly cautious with his son Nemo. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and dad must set out to find him.


Harry Potter Series: Join young wizard Harry Potter and his friends Hermione and Ron through their journey at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With 8 films to choose from, that's 8 weeks of movie night sorted!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day, Lucy finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: During the Battle of Britain, a cunning witch-in-training decides to use her supernatural powers to defeat the Nazi menace. She sets out to accomplish this task with the help of three children who have been evacuated from the London Blitz.

The Karate Kid: Daniel moves to Southern California with his mother but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr Miyagi, an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. There are 2 movies – one in 1984 and the other 2010 – take your pick!

The Goonies: When two brothers find out they might lose their house, they follow a treasure map, get into trouble when a group of bad guys also want the treasure.

The Ewok Adventure: When a family's spacecraft crashes on the forest moon of planet Endor, teenage son Mace and his little sister Cindel find themselves separated from their parents. Soon these lost children encounter the Ewoks, the small and furry warriors who call the moon home.

Flight of the Navigator This Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who is accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home. When he awakes, he finds that eight years have passed and he hasn't aged at all.

Toy Story: Woody is a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a young boy named Andy and sees his position as Andy's favourite toy. However, that is until new toy Buzz Lightyear comes along.


The Lion King: This Disney feature follows the adventures of young lion Simba and his struggle to take back his homeland from wicked uncle Scar.

Annie: Annie is an orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan. When a rich man named decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. There are 2 movies – one in 1982 and the other 2014 – take your pick!

Mary Poppings: When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins.

Saving Mr Banks is also a fantastic move to follow up with, as it tells the story of how Walt Disney embarked on a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins."

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Based on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this comedy follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe during their tour with eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. There are 2 movies – one in 1971 and the other 2005 – take your pick!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: While truant from school, young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious, who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts and his various oddball inventions, including the family's noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Wizard of Oz: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical land of Oz.

Can you suggest anything else? Let us know and we'll add it in!

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