Movie Nights

Whenever someone asks me if I have seen the latest film showing in the theatres, the answer is almost always a no. Not only haven’t I seen it I probably haven’t even heard of it. Now ask me about the newest show on Nickelodeon or a specific SpongeBob episode and I am your girl. It’s not that I don’t like going to the movies, it’s actually one of my favorite things to do, it’s just that I don’t relish going with three kids. We usually opt to have movie night at home and here’s why:

Top 5 Reasons to have movie night at home with kids age 6 and under 

5) The movie choice is never your own – anything above a G rating is usually off limits – watching a movie at home means you can sneak into another room and watch some Real Housewives.

4) My kids can never sit through the whole movie so I spend half the time in the lobby trying to amuse them at various points in the showing – at home they can run around to their hearts content.

3) I don’t have to endure nasty looks from people with well-behaved children that sit quietly mesmerized by the screen.

2) Thanks to the modern day wonder of cable TV we have tons of movies to choose from that are included in the cost of our monthly bill.

And the number one reason for not going to the movies with three young children:

1) It costs a #$%^#$%^ fortune! Add in the popcorn and a beverage, for a family of five you are looking at almost 60 dollars. That is A LOT of babysitting time.

So whenever we have movie night at home we make our own popcorn, pick a free movie, get our kids cozy on the couch, and run to watch the latest episode of Homeland on the other TV.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

This is a great trick for making homemade microwave popcorn. All you need is some paper lunch bags, popcorn kernels, butter, and salt.

Step 1: Fill the bottom of the paper bag with a single layer of kernels, approximately 4 Tbsp. Do not overfill bag or you will be left with lots of un-popped popcorn.

Step 2: Fold down corners of the bag to the center. Then fold the top down about a half-inch from the top.



Step 3: In a small bowl melt 1 Tbsp of butter in the microwave, about 20-25 seconds, and set it aside.

Step 4: Place the paper bag filled with popcorn in the microwave – topside up. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes until popcorn pops are about 2 seconds apart.


Step 5: Pour popcorn into mixing bowl and pour on the melted butter, sprinkle with salt to taste, and toss to combine.

Yield: 4 cups of popcorn. Repeat steps 1-5 for a larger portion.


Some other flavor options:

Curry popcorn – Add 1 tsp of curry powder to melted butter. Use 1 tsp of spice for every Tbsp of butter. Follow directions above, salt to taste.

Parmesan popcorn – Follow steps 1-5 above. Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese before adding the salt. Then salt to taste.

And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “ It needs a little more salt”

Dylan (age 4): “Tastes just like the movies”

Liam (age 4): “I got a pit in mine”

Total cost:  About 75 cents


8 thoughts on “Movie Nights

    • I read about this idea in some random parenting magazine while waiting in a doctor’s office – great idea right? We expanded on the flavors. If you have any good flavors to try let us know!

  1. Love the homemade microwave popcorn idea! Definitely going to try it.

    You know what the funny thing is… occasionally my husband and I DO want to see an animated movie, but we don’t go or even rent it because we feel guilty about not sharing it with the kids (since movies are usually date nights out or in for us).

  2. Fun! Although I cringe to think of those buttery hands running around the house! Major fan of popcorn here so I might actually try this (if I can ever find these type of bags here).

  3. Whenever I see families at the movies or some sporting event, I can’t help but think of the cost to the parents. Your movie night idea is the perfect solution. I’ve never seen popcorn made like this and I’ll definitely give it a try. Love being in control of the amount of salt and butter used, not to mention the variations you mentioned.

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