Are you looking for another family night idea? Do you want something that everyone will enjoy but doesn’t cost a lot of money? Well, a family movie night is just the thing. Here is a list of some of the best family movies on Netflix and animated movies kids and adults will enjoy.
Make a Date: Family Movie Night
If you have spent any time on my site you will realize I’m all about family. I love spending time with my husband and kids having family game nights or family movie nights. It is a way to spend quality time together and show each other how we love one another. Value is found in time spent together.
There are dozens of family movies on Netflix. It’s a great place to start for family movie night. So find a day that works and gather up everyone. You could have a designated day of the week or maybe just circle a day on the calendar. Or if you’re like us take an entire weekend and watch the whole list. It’s gonna be too cold outside to do anything that way so movies it is.
So here is my list of family movies on Netflix followed by animated movies kids and adults will enjoy…
Family Movies on Netflix: Non-Animated
Currently, there are several good Family Movies on Netflix. Many of those are animated movies kids will love. Others are more action-packed for mom and dad. But either way you kind find great family movies on Netflix that both kids and adults will love!
So let’s start off with a list of the best non-animated family movies on Netflix. Here are a few of my favorites. And the ages I think they are appropriate for.
- National Treasure, Ages 9 and up
- The Indian in the Cupboard, Ages 5 and up
- Secretariat, Ages 7 and up
- Apollo 13, Ages 10 and up
- The Masked Saint, Ages 10 and up
- Beauty and the Beast, Ages 7 and up (Update: This one has now left Netflix so unfortunately, you can’t see it there anymore. But if you want to check it out on blu-ray/DVD you can get it here.)
- 101 Dalmatians, Ages 7 and up
- Peter Rabbit, Ages 5 and up
- Woody Woodpecker, Ages 7 and up
- Scooby Doo 2, Ages 7 and up
Of all the non-animated movies on this list, my top recommendation for families with kids of all ages is Peter Rabbit. Peter Rabbit is great and a favorite of ours. It is witty and entertaining. This is one we have watched several times as a family.
If you have older kids, I’d highly recommend National Treasure. It is one of my all time favorite movies. I’m not a History buff but I love the Historical references and the gripping nature of the movie. It isn’t violent by any means but has plenty of action. I wouldn’t let really young kids watch it though as there is plenty of action packed, intense scenes. That being said, it’s well worth watching for family movie night if your kids are a bit older. And if they aren’t I’d prescreen it on adult date night before putting it on your family movie night list.
So there you have it. My top 10 picks for family movies on Netflix right now.
Kids Choice: Animated Movies Kids Love
So now let’s look at the list of animated movies kids and the whole family will love that are on Netflix right now.
- Incredibles 2
- Despicable Me 3
- Smurf’s: The Lost Village
- Cars 3
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
- Emoji Movie
- Hotel Transylvania 3
- Boss Baby
- The Star
- A Bee Movie
- Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs
- Lilo and Stitch
- An American Tail
There you have it. There are plenty of animated movies kids will like or non-animated family movies on Netflix right now. The hard part will be agreeing on which one to watch.
And it will be tough to pick sometimes. But all these are very good movies. Recently when I was doing research for this post we watched Hotel Transylvania 3 as a family. I didn’t know what to expect because we hadn’t seen any of the other Hotel Transylvania movies, but this one was great! It was funny and had a great plot so it entertained both my husband, my kids and myself.
Now that you have the list of movies to pick from, you better get the snacks ready. Let’s take a look at the best snacks for movie night.
Best Snacks for Movie Night
Who doesn’t like snacks on family movie night? So while one person is picking and getting the family movies on Netflix ready, the others can be getting the snacks.
We like to do a couple of different things when it comes to food and snacks for family movie night. We will either do a meal or we will just do snacks. And sometimes both.
If you want to do a meal for family movie night, pizza works really well. I will make homemade pizza or sometimes will just go out for pizza or make frozen ones. Then we set them out, set up TV trays and start the family movies on Netflix. We’ve also done this with taco boxes. You can do the meal with whatever you want, I just recommend you do something easy and towards finger foods.
Now, if you don’t want to do a full-on meal, or if you still want a snack while you watch family movies on Netflix, make popcorn. This is one of the best snacks for movie night. Another one of the best snacks for movie night is Chex mix. You can either make homemade or buy it from the store. And who doesn’t like candy and pop? But we don’t always do the latter. We do, however, generally make popcorn.
Popcorn Two Ways: Air Popped and Whirley Popped
We have two different ways we like doing popcorn. One is with a Whirley pop and the other with the air popper.
We love using a Whirley Pop because of the flavor it gives the popcorn and it delivers almost a theater-like quality. You can use a butter oil, shortening or another high heat tolerant oil. We have fallen in love with using Grapeseed oil because it’s a healthier alternative to some of the others. So even if you are trying to eat clean you can still enjoy this theater quality popcorn. It really is one of the best snacks for movie night. So if you don’t have a Whirley Pop, I’d highly recommend getting one and trying it out.
The second way we like to make popcorn is with an air popper. These work really slick and uses no oil at all. The popcorn is popped entirely by hot air. You do lose just a little of that theater feel with the popcorn but it still is delicious. And kids love watching the popcorn pop.
Regardless of which way you choose to make it, after its popped just put it in a bowl and pour some melted butter on top with a little salt. So it just pop it, add a little butter and salt, and voila! One of the best snacks for movie night while watching all the family movies on Netflix.
Make Family Movie Night an Event
One thing I really like to do is have fun with family night. I don’t do this every time, but occasionally it is nice to change things up. One way to do that is turn family movie night into an event like making a drive-in theater for your kids like Jadi did here on Homemaking Fun.
But if you don’t want to go for the full drive in effect you can just do the concession stand. We have done that a few times and the kids really enjoy it. To make a family movie night concession stand just make or find some play money. Give your kids a set amount of money to “buy” concessions with. Then set up a small table with your items.
Once they have their money and the “concession stand” is set up, all they have to do is visit and buy their goodies. Have a price for each item you are selling and make them give you money for the items. Just like when you go to the movies.
We did this not too long ago when we had a family Valentine’s Day party. I did chocolate covered strawberries, little chip bags, dill pickles, theater candy boxes, and some drinks to pick from. They were given Mario bucks to buy their treats. Each item had a price and they had to spend their bucks to buy the goodies. We did Mario bucks because we were having a family game night. But you could use anything really. Have fun with it and make it themed for a family movie night or family movies on Netflix.
Make Tonight a Family Movie Night
So if you are contemplating having a family night go for it. There are plenty of great family movies on Netflix. Whether you want animated movies kids of all ages can watch or something a little more mature, it’s out there.
Give your kids and spouse the time they need and show them you care about them by devoting special time to just them. And make sure you put your phones down during the movie. Nothing takes away from family movie night more than a nose in the phone. Unfortunately, I’m speaking from experience on this one.
Let me know what your favorite family movies on Netflix are or what animated movies kids at your house recommend. And what’s your family’s favorite snacks for movie night?
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