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DIY Backyard Movie Night

Written by Country Home Learning Center on September 9, 2019

Looking for a unique and low maintenance family activity for this weekend? We’ve got the perfect idea for you, especially with the cooler nights finally arriving. A backyard movie night is an exciting activity for the whole family! And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think.

The Screen

One of the most essential elements of a backyard movie night is an outdoor screen. Instead of buying an outdoor screen or making one, keep things simple by hanging a queen-size white sheet as your screen. Use a staple gun to staple the sheet to a fence, or use clips to hang it. Set up a projector, and your movie is ready for the big screen!

The Movie

So you have the screen, but now you need a movie. Pick a family favorite, a Disney classic, or whatever you can find on Netflix! If you want to get your kids involved, head to one of our local libraries and let them each pick out a movie for future movie nights.

The Seating

The seating options are endless. Bring out pillows, bean bags, blankets, air mattresses, and anything comfortable for movie watching! Some families have even filled blow-up pools with blankets and pillows to create an extra comfy atmosphere. 

The Food

Theater food is simple and delicious, so don’t overcomplicate this aspect of your family night. Pop some popcorn, pick up everyone’s favorite candy, and maybe even treat your kids to a soda! Alternatively, pick up your family’s favorite snacks and drinks, and enjoy! 

The Details

There are few other not-so-obvious  things that will help make your backyard movie night a success. Bug spray is one of them. Spray you and your kids at the beginning of the night to avoid getting bug bites all night. Keep a can outside so you can reapply if necessary. You could also light a citronella candle to keep the pesky mosquitoes away.

Set up some lanterns, string lights, or keep a few flashlights on hand. These will come in handy if any of your kids start to get scared as the sun goes down. The movie screen will also give off light.

And most importantly… don’t forget to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!