I have blogged about my love of the Drive In before. I love love love the drive in. BUT, it is, sadly, not a summer venue for me and the fab five.
My kids are little - at ages six, five and four, they are still in a nice groove for an early bedtime. And the drive in, with its adjusted hours for daylight saving, is just too late a night out.....the main feature doesn't start until 9.30, and whilst I love to treat the kids, and whilst I love that they too love a movie night, I cannot bear the idea of over tired tantrums....
But all is not lost, a solution has been found, in the enticingly easy and brilliantly cheap and easy ♫ Saturday Night at the Movies ♫
Whilst the lovely husband has a quick beer after cricket, I take the kids to our local movie shop.
I tell you, I push the boat out and let them pick five family weeklies for $5 and I pick an overnighter for $2.95.
To be honest, it's worth the $7.95 for the anticipation this little jaunt causes.
Then we go home and "get ready for movie night".
They gather up their pillows and blankies and beanbags.
They draw the curtains and pull the blinds down.
They get their drink bottles all organised.
The get ridiculously excited.
We all have a shower or a bath together and a hair wash. (Gotta look good for ♫ Saturday Night at the Movies ♫!)
Clean jammies on, Daddy is home by now, and he cracks open a beer, whilst I make up a fruit platter.
And make the popcorn.
Is there anything more treaty in the world than the smell of hot buttered popcorn?!
(I just use the kernels in a hot pan with a teaspoon of oil and some popcorn salt. I think a huge bag of raw kernels is less than $2?)
I'll be honest, I make sure ALL chores are done and dusted. I want to kick back and relax properly too.
And all cuddled up together, with no distractions at all, we get comfy together for a family movie night.
This week we saw "Happy Feet," which was utterly adorable.
And two weeks ago we went retro and saw "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
Next week I have my eye on "Where the Wild Things Are"
I suspect the kids are not even that choosy on the movie title - they are in the company of, and have the undivided attention of Mummy and Daddy. They are allowed to "stay up late" and eat fruit and popcorn........such unflustered family time, for them, and me, is just delightful.
Family value treats? Saturday Night at the Movies - home style.
Tell me, what are YOUR best value for money family treats? Do you do home movie nights?
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