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19 Family-Friendly Movie Ideas for a Summer Movie Night

Bring the family together this summer with one of these classic family movies! Whether you're under the stars or nice and cool inside your house, we've got some activities to keep the kids busy while they watch, or snacks to keep them full until the happy endings.

1. E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Rated PG)



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We've all seen this Extraterrestrial ride off into the night sky on his bicycle, but grab the kids and these bite sized snacks to make everyone feel apart of the movie. We even love throwing them in the freezer to make it a nice cold movie snack.


2. Alice in Wonderland (1951, Rated G)


As kids we all wanted to be invited to the Mad Hatters Tea Party. Make your kids feel like apart of the fun by making some of these Kid-Friendly Tea Party Bites!


3. Where The Wild Things Are (2009, Rated PG)



Let your kids be the King (and Queen) of the Wild Things with this super simple Felt Crown thanks to Feltasaurus. Bonus points for hoodied oneises!



4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, Rated PG)



Spaghetti and Meatballs are a sure fire win when it comes to kids. We traded out the beef for a healthier option. Though not falling from the sky, these Turkey Meatballs are sure to have you dancing in the rain.


5. Shrek (2001, Rated PG)


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Whether it's Sleeping Beauty or Peter Pan, we all have a favorite fairy tale. Before sitting back and enjoying Shrek, have everyone share their favorite fairy tale... who knows maybe you'll hear something new!


6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Rated G)



Invite some friends over for a classic movie night! Print out any of the tickets (invitations) from Fansnyc, break out the candy, and enjoy this suger coated film.


7. Harry Potter (2001, Rated PG)



How do you watch Harry Potter with your own (yummy) magic wands! Young and old fans alike won't need Amortentia to fall in love with these treats.


8. Sound of Music (1965, Rated G)


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Get the whole family involved in this movie night. Assign everyone a part in the Sound of Music and sing away! Do- Re-Mi-Fa-So!


9. Spy Kids (2001, Rated PG)


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Send secret spy messages to one another with this DIY invisible ink from Lady Astrids Laboratory. All you need is a candle to decode these messages!


10. Wizard of Oz (1939, Rated G)


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This wicked witch isn't going anywhere! Make these upside down cupcakes from Super Cubed, and have your kids spend the night with this classic movie. "There's no place like home!"


11. Toy Story (1995, Rated G)


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We can't always play with our food, but in honor of Toy Story we'll let our kids decorate their very own Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head. Cut up some extra veggies, and leave out some dip for the kids to snack on while they get him ready.


12. The Incredibles (2004, Rated PG)


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Dressing up doesn't have to wait until Halloween. Dress the entire family up like your favorite superheros to enjoy our favorite world saving family!


13. Despicable Me (2010, Rated PG)



These silly Minions are pefect in marshmallow pop form! Not only are they easy to eat, but everyone can join in and help to decorate them! Or try one of our other 'Despicable Me' Party Treats!


14. Aladdin (1992, Rated G)


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Take a ride on your magic carpet while you enjoy this Disney film. You can make your own with this tutorial from Hostess with the Mostess that we love, or just grab a seat on your throw pillows and enjoy the ride.


15. James and the Giant Peach (1996 , Rated PG)



Try to find some giant peaches for this Grilled Peaches and Cream Recipe to enjoy while you watch. You can even bring the kids along with you when food shopping. The person who finds the biggest peach gets to pick their seat first!


16. Frozen (2013, Rated PG)



This new favorite had to be added to our list, along with one of our favorite winter decorations! You can make a mini winter wonderland in the house with these kid friendly decals, and a little extra AC in these hot months.


17. Goonies (1985, Rated PG)


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This kids cult film is never complete without a Baby Ruth! Snuggle up on the couch with your family and enjoy this delicious chocolate bar.


18. Lassie (1994, Rated PG)


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Grab the family dog and sit back to enjoy this dog friendly flick. Plus, cute pictures like these two above are perfect for when your kids get older, aren't they just adorable?


19. Pirates of the Caribbean (2006, Rated PG-13)


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Since Pirates of the Caribbean is for the older kids, we thought this silly Pizza Treasure Map would be a perfect dinner before family movie night!


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