While many of the Academy Award nominated movies are far from family-friendly, it is still a momentous occasion. So why not celebrate the magic of movies in your own way? Seize the opportunity to have some Oscar-themed fun in your own home.
Below are some ideas to entertain movie-loving families on Oscar night. Each idea can be expanded or edited, depending on if you’ll be keeping the festivities to your own family, or if you want to invite other kids on the block, too.
Create a big entrance
Although it has little to do with making movies, the red carpet is a big part of the Academy Awards. And who says you need to be in Hollywood to make an impressive entrance? If you are up for the investment, a red carpet runner can be purchased online or at a party supply store for around $10. For a cheaper option, there are red tablecloths at dollar stores. Or save your money and simply use a red blanket.
Capture the stars on the carpet
Each family member can don her Oscar party outfit, whatever she wants that outfit to be. Have a young one who wants to dress like a princess? Go for it. A rocker interested in wearing all denim? That’s perfect too. Have the family photographer capture everyone’s grand entrance on the red carpet. Have a few budding photographers in your brood? No problem; take turns snapping photos, documenting the event and adding a celebrity flair to the occasion.
Give a gold treat
As your guests get settled in for the awards show, let them choose a gold treat to snack on while watching the celebrity interviews. Clear cups or glasses can hold treats while exhibiting the gold theme of the evening. Fill with pineapple slices, yellow candies (M&Ms work great, and the other colors can be picked out and used another time), lemonade or any gold treat you can think of. Get creative!
Pick your film
Make a list of the animated movie nominations. Have each family member rank his favorites and predict which movie he feels will win. Even if they haven’t seen the films, chances are the kids have heard about their plot lines, or may even have an opinion based on titles alone. Any way you make your decision is fine. After all, many adults pick Oscar winners before they have made it to the theater as well.
Make a speech
If you are watching the Academy Awards, it is likely young kids won’t stay up until the closing credits. But, in keeping with the theme, have kids heading for bed give an acceptance speech. After all, most stars take the opportunity to thank people and events that have made their careers possible. Give your kids an opportunity to do the same. They can thank family, friends, stuffed animals or books. If you are considering making this an annual event, be sure to record the speeches. That way you can see how they change over the years.
And the winner is…
Before the announcement, make sure you have your Oscars created. There are plenty of figurines that can be picked up cheaply, or get the kids involved and create your own. Bake cookies in the shape of an Academy Award, look for printable versions online, or decorate empty plastic bottles. If everyone is up until the end, winners can be awarded when announcements are made. Have early bedtimes in the house? Get up a bit earlier and place awards next to breakfast plates for a morning-after-Oscar-night surprise.
Mali Anderson is an avid movie lover. While she doesn’t have time to see every Oscar-nominated film prior to the Academy Awards, she still watches the event and roots for her favorite actors, directors and artists.