With three daughters, I recognize the importance of keeping them entertained, occupied, and relatively happy, all at the same time. Family movie night has become a tradition in our household, one that both my daughters and my husband and I look forward to. As my daughters get older, we’ve had to become more creative about the approach we take towards family movie night in order to keep everyone happy. If you’ve got a house full of tween girls, these family movie night themes are a great place to start.
Christmas in July
Don’t save your holiday movies for winter-instead, pull out a favorite holiday film for your daughters during the hot summer months. Put up a string of Christmas lights in the living room, make hot chocolate, and sit under blankets (with the AC cranked up) while watching your tween daughter’s favorite Christmas movie. How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey is a great twist on a favorite book/cartoon that your daughters are sure to enjoy.
Around the World
Consider a movie night theme for tween girls that focus on seeing the world. Show a film (or a series of films over a few weeks) that are set in various countries. Start with Chasing Liberty, which sees Mandy Moore traipsing about Europe-the young romance is sure to delight teen girls. Serve pasta if your meal is set in Italy or shepherd’s pie if it’s set in Britain. Not only will girls enjoy the film choices, but you can’t go wrong with dinner, too!
Bring out the stuffed animals and your daughters’ favorite childhood toys, and watch a movie they loved when they were little. Did they watch Scooby Doo, Dora, or Sesame Street? Put one on for a tween-themed family movie night. Though they might be embarrassed initially, they’ll soon start reminiscing with mom and dad about the past. Make paper chains while watching the cartoons and you’ll have a great room decoration, too.
It can be hard to instill a love of the classics in most tween/teen girls, but you have to know where to start. If your daughter loves musicals, try Oklahoma or West Side Story to start. Serve popcorn with loads of butter and set up your living room to look like an old-time cinema.
The Princess Diaries and similar films are lots of fun for tween girls, with a hint of romance and plenty of fun. Get dressed up and do hair and make-up before or during the film. Order pizza, but eat on your nicest dishes. Add some royal flair to your daughters and your family movie night.