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Family Night

As a parent on a budget I often struggle to find low, or no cost things to do. It is easy to go and spend lots of money, even when you have just a small family.  Being on a budget makes cheap family nights a necessity.


Out of this necessity, I created what has quickly become a family tradition.


Pajama Movie Night!

So what makes Pajama Movie Night special?


Here are our basic rules;

  • You must wear pajamas (adults included)
  • You get snacks mommy and daddy would not typically let you have
  • You watch a movie


I told you they were basic. Beyond that there is a little bit more to it.


You can get your kids snacks that are still healthy (if you want). I just try to give them things they don’t get during the week, so that they are special. You can see the inside of one of our snack bags below. The kids got Whales, Animal Crackers, and Veggie Sticks.


We try to get them a new movie they haven’t seen before. Think Redbox, a borrowed movie from a friend or neighbor, but really in a jam, any movie will do. Even that one they have seen 100,000 times.

Now that we are past the basics let’s make it even more special.


What do I mean?


Here in San Diego county for the summer they offer a series of free movies in the park. For us that would qualify for a pajama movie night. We take blankets and pillows and lay in the grass.


Our very first Pajama Movie Night was actually at the drive in, with our Jeep. Back seats laid down, blankets and pillows every where, and fun snacks.


Now, however, most of our Pajama Movie Nights are at home. I still make it different from the every day. I take a few blankets and lay them on the floor. Collect all the pillows off the couch and beds. I then arrange them on the floor in front of the couch and TV. Lastly I let each child select a blanket and stuffed animal to keep with them for the movie.


And that’s basically it. Snuggle down, start the movie, and get your snack on.


I realize that this isn’t rocket science, but my kids seriously love it. The squeals and screams that come from the excitement after announcing that there will be a Pajama Movie Night, let’s me know it’s a hit. K2 calls it “Neno night” because the first PJ Movie night we did at home we watched Finding Nemo.


During the summer we did this twice a month, and it didn’t lose it’s charm. Now that the summer is over and so are the movies in the park, we will keep it to once a month.

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