Movie Night and Sleepovers: A Great Combination for Kids
Sleepovers have been a grand old tradition for generations of children. There's just something special about this kind of “pajama party,” from sharing nighttime treats to watching favorite movies together – and when you have a full-sized outdoor theater system, that special evening becomes even more amazing. Let's look at some tips for running a safe, entertaining sleepover show.
The first thing you have to consider, of course, is the choice of titles. Do your homework in advance, paying close attention to the recommended age labels and any warnings about language, violence and so on. You may also want to invite the kids of submit their own requests, which you can vet with everyone's parents before presenting a final short list. The kids can then pick the evening's featured entertainment from that group.
How late will your sleepover run? This matters too, since different kids will have different usual bedtimes. Since your outdoor theater setup requires darkness for optimal results, summertime sleepover films may go uncomfortably late unless you deliberately choose a film with a shorter running time. If you want to have more control over your start time, consider moving your backyard theater system indoors (if possible) so you'll have more light control.
What kinds of treats should you serve at your sleepover screening? Heavy and/or sugary snacks can cause upset tummies and other problems, so you may want to stick with popcorn and other light, healthy options. Make sure you know which kids have allergies to specific foods before you hand out any goodies, at showtime or any other time.
An outdoor theater package from Backyard Theater Systems can make any sleepover a box-office smash with your kids and their friends. Put one of our systems through its paces to see for yourself – and become the coolest parent on the block!