Plan a Family Movie Night

This week is all about getting good habits going.

One fun habit is to plan regular family movie nights. We are big time movie fans around here. It’s one inexpensive way that our whole family can enjoy an experience together.

Since our kids range in age from 2 to 13, it’s sometimes a challenge to find things that everyone likes to do. Watching movies and eating the popcorn is somethings that spans quite a few ages.

The Movies

And we’ve found a lot of family films that interest the whole range of our clan, from toddler to teen to old fogey, we all like these:

The Munchies

Popcorn is a given during our movie nights. While I prefer air popped corn dripping with butter, the kids go for the microwave kind. But really, no one will ever really turn down popcorn. And one of our favorite brands is Orville Redenbacher.

Today’s giveaway is a supply of Orville Redenbacher popcorn as well as vintage style popcorn boxes to serve it out of. One reader will be chosen.

The unique thing about the microwave popcorn packs is that they will have RedBox codes good for free rentals. Check your stores to see if they are carrying Orville Redenbacher popcorn in these specially marked packages. You could score a movie night in one fell swoop.

Simply leave a comment, telling us your favorite family movie.

One comment will be randomly selected and the reader notified via email. Comments will be open until Sunday, January 16, 8 pm, PST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim the kit.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: meganfroehlich@

Disclosure: I received a Family Movie Night kit as well.

For more inspiration, check out Get a Good Habit Going.

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  1. Our favorite family movie is Toy Story!

  2. Despicable Me is our new favorite. It’s funny to me and my husband but our son loves it!

  3. My family ages 3- 40 love any of the Harry Potter movies. Haven’t seen any of them in the theaters, home is the only way to go!!! We love watching movies together as a family!

  4. Our favorite family movie is anything from Pixar — we can’t choose a favorite, that’s how much we love them all!

  5. Rebekah Crain says:

    We try to have a weekly family movie night here too, but we don’t usually think to make any popcorn. What’s wrong with that picture?!?! One of our recent favorite features was The Missing Lynx (it’s on Netflix instant). It’s not the best movie ever, but it was cute and we all enjoyed it.

    I’d love to enter your draw, so here it goes…..!

    Thank you 🙂


  6. we are doing netflix thru the wii and love it

  7. Our favorite movie(s) are Harry Potter

  8. Toy Story

  9. Our favorite family move is: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

  10. We enjoy Little House on the Prairie!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  11. We really like musicals, like Annie!

  12. A recent favorite has been “Stuart Little”

  13. Kim in sunny AZ says:

    Our current favorite for family movie night is Despicable Me. My 5 and 2 year old girls cannot get enough of it! My older boys love Lord of the Rings and can spend an entire day devouring the series. Thanks for the chance to win!!! 🙂 Love the popcorn boxes as we have seen those at Target before – now in half sizes too.

  14. Just last night we watched “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue” It was GREAT and we both loved it!!! How does your 2 yr old handle The Lord of the Rings?

  15. Our favorite is Enchanted, but we also love the Toy Story movies and Cars. 🙂

  16. How To Train A Dragon!

  17. Our 4 year old twin boys, hubby and I enjoy Golden Retriever!

  18. we love family movie night! our kids, we are so excited for Tangled to come out on DVD!! our kiddos range from 5 to 18 and movie night is a great way to all get together!

  19. We love Toy Story 3 – been watching it almost every day since Santa brought it!

  20. We like Despicle me and received it as a xmas gift and have been watching it a lot around here. We also like the charlies angels movies.

  21. Shelia Coffman says:

    Our favorite family movie is the Princess Bride.

  22. My 4 year old says all of his Christmas movies are his favorite (that would be several) but I would say that Toy Story 3 wins for the most favorite around here.

  23. We often do family movie night. Because this is our main form of entertainment we use netflix. It’s very convenient. Our favorite movie is Night at the Museum 1&2. And my hubby makes unbelievable popcorn in our air popper!

  24. Wow! So many movies to choose from after 20+ years of family movie nights.Or in our case days! We tend to snuggle up in blankets and watch several on rainy days.

    Snow Dogs
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua
    Star Wars the series
    Cheaper by the Dozen

  25. The most recent movie we all enjoyed together was Toy Story 3.

  26. Lately it has been Shrek Forever After.

  27. We recently watched Romona and Beezus and loved it….here’s a review:
    if you’re interested!

  28. My kids are older and they like to watch Finding Nemo or Lion King which were big hits when they were little.

  29. Me and my boys really loved Despicable Me. We also like musicals.

  30. I l ove willy wonka

  31. We love family movie night at our house! It is also one of our favorite things to do as a family. Recently, we watched Ramona and Beezus and really liked it. It was probably one of the best real people family movies we’d seen in a long time. So, it is one of our new favorites.

  32. Our favorite family movie night movie…The Princess Bride. All the way from the youngest, to the Dad in this family of all girls and the 2 older daughters who are grown and out on their own!

  33. My family’s favorite growing up was The Wizard of Oz. I’m sure we’ll have some favorites of our own when my son gets a little older.

  34. We like a lot of movies. Toy Story 1 – 3 seem to be popular lately, but so are Spy Kids.

  35. Favorite Family Movie? A Christmas Story

  36. We are a movie watching family so its hard to pick one favorite. However, one of our recent discoveries was Hachiko.

  37. Tammy Ward says:

    We just discovered a new favorite- Alpha and Omega. All my grandsons love it.

  38. We like some of the oldies as well as the ones already mentioned…Jungle Book is fun!

  39. Jungle Book

  40. We are liking AstroBoy right now, but we have a 2/y/o making the choice!

  41. My family loves to watch any of the Toy Story movies!

  42. Love family movie nights! Our current favorites are Frosty the Snowman and Finding Nemo.

  43. The Pirate Movie

  44. My girls Love Toy Story and Shrek series! We are starting to introduce them to the old Star Wars!

  45. Our fav family movie at the moment is Despicable Me. Our three year old cracks up at it, and we crack up watching him laugh.:) And we all love popcorn. Even the dog, who sits at attention at the foot of the couch waiting for a piece to “drop.”

  46. I think most things Pixar are good family movies. I think my favorite is Monsters Inc.

  47. Heather E. says:

    Our favorite is the Princess Bride also! This movie is so good that we used to watch it at church camp because it has all of the fruit of the spirit except for one… and of course I can’t think of which one right now. Oh well… you’ll have to go and watch it to find out! 😉

  48. We like Star Wars (the older ones – 4,5 and 6) around here. Also Pixar movies are a big hit.

    Are your little ones ok with watching Lord of the Rings? We have it, but think it might be too scary for our 8, 6 and 3 year old, so we haven’t tried watching it yet with them.

  49. Pixar Movies and Harry Potter

  50. Toy Story 1 or 2 definitely!

  51. “Bee Movie” is a favorite for sure! I love the witty remarks and the kids love the animation. A very sweet storey. Great film 🙂

  52. Despicable Me and How to train your dragon our 2 of our newest favorites!

  53. My DD loves anything princess. we are enjoying the Swan Princess together We enjoyed Toy Story as well.

  54. We love Up. I cry every time I watch it though! 🙂

  55. We love Finding Nemo!

  56. A popular movie at our house right now is Bambi.

  57. Despicable Me or any of the Toy Story movies.

  58. “The Wizard of Oz” is one of our favorites!

  59. Emily Herndon says:

    How to Train Your Dragon is our newest family favorite!

  60. Our kids are 5, 3, and 18 months and attention spans are not full grown so we watch our movies in increments. Some favorites are:
    The Jungle Book (old Disney cartoon version)
    Mary Poppins
    Beauty and Beast (except the mob part)
    Toy Story
    Vintage Cartoons (my husband laughs the loudest)

  61. We love Up and Wall-E.

  62. We really like the Home Alone movies.

  63. My daughter, 2, loves anything Dora or Diego. My son, 5, loves Cars and Toy Story 3. A family favorite that we all like is Wall-E!

  64. Our family only watches television on Sundays. The kids have to agree on a movie to watch, mostly ones borrowed from the library. Recently they enjoyed “The Never-ending Story” Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. I like despicable me.

  66. An oldie but a goodie…Old Yeller

  67. As a family, we enjoy the older Veggie Tales movies. The kids don’t necessarily sit still through the whole thing, but another movie we all like is “Facing the Giants.”

  68. This may be a movie not anyone may have seen it’s a old black and white with Shirley Temple “Heidi”

  69. So far it’s just my hubby and I watching the movies but because he’s such a sweetie he’ll watch my chick flicks with me. 🙂

  70. Ratatouille is probably our favorite, we have good memories associated with it also since we first watched it while on vacation in San Diego!

  71. Katherine says:

    We like Toy Story.

  72. Megan Froehlich says:

    Our favorite family movie is Toy Story 3. Even my husband tears up 🙂

  73. My kids got Toy Story 3 for Christmas & it’s their new favorite.

    I found boxes of popcorn with free movie codes plus after sale & coupon I paid $0.25 per box!

  74. We liked the Last Air Bender movie, and pretty much anything Pixar.

  75. Anything Pixar or Disney Princess.

  76. We enjoy Christmas movies the best. Like on ABC they have the 25 days of Christmas. Every night we’d snuggle up and watch them.

  77. Right now, our favorite family movie is still Monsters Inc., with Snow White a close second!

  78. Toy Story 3 is my favorite family movie! Love it!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  79. I love the Toy Story movies, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, and other movies like that.

    hmt90a at

  80. motherfish says:

    Our favorite family movies are anything from Star Wars!

  81. Chrissy S. says:

    Despicable Me!!! We all laugh throughout the whole thing. Love those little crazy guys!!

  82. that’s easy – all three toy story movies!

  83. We enjoyed Ramona and Beezus recently at the dollar box and we often enjoy Little House for the whole family. Dr. Doolittle and anything Shirley Temple has been fun as well as Parent Trap! Ice Age and anything Julie Andrews too 🙂

  84. Sally McQuaid says:

    My kids love most Disney and Pixar movies plus anything PBS kids. We watch them all the time as a family.

  85. Oh we love to have family movie nights! you totally need to add How to Train your Dragon to your list of movies and any of the Studio Gibly movies like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s delivery service or Spirited away! I also make my popcorn in a Whirlypop which is a ton of fun! Enjoy! Getting ready to put a movie in now! All the best! Alex

  86. Toy Story 3 has become a new family favorite in our home.

  87. The Incredible Mr. Limpet – you can’t go wrong with Don Knotts!

  88. We started doing family movie night about a year ago and find it challenging, although always worthwhile, to find the good, really good family movies. I am thankful for the Netflix option and always appreciative of others’ recommendations. This comment section has been great for that. Thanks. Oh, our favorite family movie currently is Toy Story 3.

  89. We love The Parent Trap- both the old and new ones!

  90. Our whole family loves to watch the National Treasure movies.

  91. Jungle Book!

  92. Lea Stormhammer says:

    Just one? Probably Cars. Love that movie!

    Thanks for hosting,

  93. My favorite family movie is The Sound of Music!

  94. Leslie Price says:

    Our all-time favorite is Despicable Me.

  95. How to Train your Dragon and G-Force are big hits with everyone in our family!

  96. Recent favorites: How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3

    We also like musicals- Annie, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music

    We’ve actually been doing our popcorn on the stove again with olive oil (and some butter of course)- yum!

  97. Stephanie says:

    Our favorite family movies are Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, and Despicable Me are some newer fav’s. A lot of funny family friendly films from the 80’s and 90’s make our favorite list we like to go to the Library as a family and choose a few that we can watch that weekend.

  98. Toy Story 3 is definitely a big hit at our house.

  99. Marlana Street says:

    My family just watched Despicable Me – our brand new favorite film!

  100. Our family favorite is The Sword in the Stone. We also love VeggieTales: The Lord of the Beans. (We like all Veggie Tales, but that one is probably the one that makes hubby laugh out loud the most.)

  101. All the Shrek movies!

  102. Shannon J says:

    We love The Wizard of Oz.

  103. Carri Siebenmark says:

    We really enjoyed Second Hand Lions

  104. One of our absolute favorites is Forrest Gump- we never tire of it!

  105. Our favorite family movie is Beauty and the Beast.

  106. Right now, our kids (ages 3 & 5) can’t get enough of Toy Story 3.

  107. Shrek and the Polar Express!

  108. I would say cars…right now my daughters is 102 dalmations!

  109. Night at the Museum!

  110. Paula Cornell says:

    One of our favorites is Beauty and the Beast! Thanks!

  111. Any of the Toy Story movies.

  112. the sound of music is great, and any old disney movie, anne of green gables, the secret garden…oh, did you say 1??

  113. We all enjoyed Eragon.

  114. My family loves Meet the Robinsons and Fireproof (my son loves the firetrucks!).

  115. my girls got princess couches and pillow pets for christmas and they love to get comfy in their couches with their pillows and watch beauty and the beast so sweet

  116. We love all the Toy Story movies.

  117. All of our children are adopted and loved Despicable Me and Hotel for Dogs

  118. Our favorite movie always depends on the mood. We love Princess Bride, the Narnia movies and Iron Man.

  119. First I have to say Thank You! We started FMN (family movie night) because of one of your posts. We still struggle with getting the kids to calm down & watch a movie ( & not act it out) but the recently started cuddling with us & really enjoying themselves (:
    Our new fave is Despicable Me. We saw it last night & it was LOL funny for us & our kids loved the minions. Toy Story 3 was cute but we had to explain why we were crying

  120. Just tonight we watched How to Train Your Dragon (checked out from our library).

  121. A Bug’s Life

  122. Night at the Museum is our favorite!!!!

  123. Right now, we are watching 101 Dalmatians (cartoon version). But other favorites have been White Christmas, Singin in the Rain, The Ugly Dachshund and Snowball Express.

    I know my 9 year old daughter would freak out watching Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Isn’t amazing how God makes us all different?

  124. Cars is one of our favorites. Kids movies keep getting better!

  125. Kami Matteson says:

    Toy Story 3

  126. Hilary Young says:

    Right now the favorite is Toy Story 3.

  127. Currently it is Toy Storey 3. Still laugh out load when Buzz starts speaking spanish.

  128. kat amber says:

    love any of the harry potter movies or tinker bell

  129. One of our favorite movies is Matilda. My husband and I can sit with our children knowing after watching this dysfunctional family that we really aren’t such bad parents after all.

  130. Dawn Stribling says:

    We would love to the see the Chronicles of Narnia! I think it would be a hit with the whole gang!

  131. Despicable Me is our new favorite. We watched it tonight and we all loved it! That includes my husband, myself, my 7 year old daughter and my 5 year old son, who I thought might hurt himself he was laughing so hard! 🙂

  132. We love Wall-E, but our recent favorites have been Ramona and Beezus and the Sorcerers Apprentice. I think we’ve watched Ramona at least twice a week since we got it for Christmas. 🙂

  133. We all love the Narnia series, adventure for everyone.

  134. Toy Story 3 – gets me every time!

  135. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite movie for all of us, but my favorite family movie night experience of the last few years came while watching the deep oceans episode of Planet Earth. I guess if I had to pick just one movie for us all right now, it would be Scamper. My 2 and 4 year-olds love it (1-year-old hasn’t seen it yet) and pretend to be Scamper and Snowflake quite often.

  136. We are Narnia fans…

  137. Our favorite movie is-Toy Story 3.

  138. We love Up and the Nickelodeon series cartoon called The Last Avatar

  139. We are big fans of all of the toy stories. they never get old and both boys and girls really get into them.

  140. We are big movie people – right now it is Star wars

  141. Laura Frisch says:

    Righ now it is definitely Despicable Me. We saw at the theater twice and now own the video. Favorite move to quote right now.

  142. Anne Marie says:

    Love the toy story movies.

  143. We love the Snow Buddies movie.

  144. Evan Almighty!!

  145. We have a lot of favorite movies but I will pick a classic one–The Music Man.

  146. My 5 granddaughters and I love sleepovers at grandma’s that always include movie night. Toy Story, Shrek or Despicable Me are usuallly playing. Popcorn is always on the menu.

  147. We are big Shrek fans.

  148. National Treasure

  149. Sheryl F. says:

    We love the Home Alone movies or Toy Story is another favorite.

  150. What a great giveaway! This is a habit I’m focusing more on this year – family time, including movie nights. Our favorite family movies right now are the Star Wars movies. We are working our way through the set!

  151. Firehouse dog and racing stripes are two favorites of my boys

  152. We try to have movie nights every Friday. We just watched Despicable Me and all loved it! I made a special treat of homemade caramel popcorn for this past movie night…

    Thanks for the chance!

  153. Down and Derby for my Cub-scout.
    Anne of Green Gables for my girls.

  154. Telena Reynolds says:

    The Lord of the Rings is our Fav family movie.

  155. We love watching “UP” together

  156. We love the Toy Story movies or anything Pixar!

  157. The Sound of Music. I am pretty sure that is a movie everyone is required to like!


  159. We love to watch Cars!!!!

  160. The Christmas Story.

  161. We like watchig the song parts of Mary Poppins.

  162. Oh my! There is no way to choose just one fave. We enjoy all of the Disney/Pixar flix. Right now my kids are big into the Narnia series and can’t wait to buy Voyage of the Dawn Treader on video. We’ve also been watching a lot of the Disney Classics like Swiss Family Robinson. We LOVE family movie night! 🙂

  163. Our current favorites are any of the Princess movies…but right now the absolute favorite seems to be “Beauty and the Beast”

  164. Despicable Me is the latest favorite in our house!

  165. OH! We love to watch the “buddy” movies…Air Bud, Snow Buddies, Space Buddies etc…my daughter is an animal lover!!


  166. Our favorite family movie is Finding Nemo.

  167. Our family LOVES all the Toy Story Movies!!

  168. Our favorites are the Scooby-Doo movies. We watch them over and over again.

  169. Mary Poppins!!

  170. Amy Nelson says:

    Right now the kids love Cars and Toy Story 3. These are fun for all of us to watch together.

  171. Our favorite is the Air Bud, and Buddies movies series. We have them all.

  172. Right now we are playing Toy Story 3 over and over.

  173. Monsters vs. Aliens, Incredible Mr. Fox, WALL-E, Monsters Inc., Mary Poppins, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap (the one w/Hailey Mills not the one with Lindsey Lohan)… It’s so hard to find movies that don’t have scary scene, that carry a positive message, that don’t put women (I have a girl) in a position where they “need” to be rescued and don’t have an overt romance as the main story line…

  174. It was fun reading through everyones favorite famil movies. Right now we are working on watching the movies from Feature Films for Families. Everyone enjoys them and we haven’t found a bad one in the bunch. Disney movies and Harry Potter are also family favorites

  175. Jennifer Foutch says:


  176. We’ve been enjoying Beauty and the beast.

  177. Our last movie night we watched Mary Poppins! The kids loved it. The time before that we watched How to Train Your Dragon (which I was worried they’d be a little scared of) and The Great Fairy Rescue. Both very good. These cold winter nights are great for getting cozy on the couch with popcorn and a movie!

  178. What a great giveaway. Our favorite family movie so far : The Blind Side

    It’s probably more for a little older children but we loved it.

  179. Our favorite movie right now is “Finding Nemo” or “Memot” as our 2 year old says. She is just getting old enough to sit through some of a full length movie.

  180. Toy story!

  181. I would love to do this with our family. With a 14 year old, who thinks he is ‘to old to sit with mom and dad’ — we need to re-think some new traditions.
    I just found your site through Money Saving Mom.
    Thanks for the give-a-way!

  182. We love all the Toy Story movies but the 3rd one always makes this Mama cry!

  183. Charity Shapiro says:

    Right now we are loving Despicable Me.

  184. We like movies. Bedtime Stories is one of the most favorite that we have… then Cars, Paul Blartt Mall Cop, and lots of others.

  185. Beauty & the Beast, is by far my favorite!

  186. As of last week the favorite has been The Princess and the Frog.

  187. The children like anything with animals-so def. Milo and Otis!

  188. Ok, we recently rewatched What About Bob? which is a funny movie that we all like, however, I did not remember all the language in it! So, be forewarned.

  189. Right at the moment it is Cars.

  190. You’re going to think I’m joking, but our favorite family movie is Babies. My kids ADORE this film. We watched if for free on Netflix so many times, that Grammie just bought them their own DVD for Christmas.

  191. My boys are still too little for movies, but Beauty and the Beast is MY all-time favorite!

  192. Our favorite family movie is Mary Poppins!

  193. Princess Bride is our family favorite! It’s got so many great lines, and my family is definitely about dropping movie lines in conversation! 🙂

  194. We always like sports movies…Little Giants, Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans, etc.

  195. We love movie night! We all get into PJ’s early and snuggle on the couch…our favorite movie is the Sound of Music

  196. We have many favorites but our current favorite is Alvin and the Chipmunks–both the first one and the Squeakquel.

  197. We love Despicable Me right now.

  198. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    Our favorite movie is Lady and the Tramp.

  199. my favorite family movie is Elf at Christmastime

  200. We really love How to Train your dragon. We’ve rented it from Redbox 6 times! Best thing about redbox is going on-line and reserving your DVD so it is there when you get to the machine. Just swipe your credit card and go. Easiest thing ever!

  201. Lord of the Rings.

  202. We’ve been reading & watching the Toy Story series.

  203. so many good movies…our faves – Cheaper by the Dozen, No Reservations, Zathura.

  204. We loved Dispicable Me. So hilarious :).

  205. If you ask the kids, the first thing they’ll probably think of is “the new Toy Story movie!” But we also really liked Despicable Me this year.

  206. Tracey H. says:

    Any of the Star Wars movies.

  207. Heather A says:

    Our recent favorite movie is “Fly Away Home.” We all loved it!

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