As we head into the cooler months, there’s nothing quite like a cozy movie night to bring your family together. Scroll through to find all the family movie night gear that we love from a kid-friendly projector that’s already loaded with content, to all our favorite family movies to put on your list. The show is about to begin!

Streaming Made Easy with Roku Ultra

We know so many families (raises hand) who have ditched the high cable bills each month—and for good measure. From Netflix to Amazon Prime to Disney+ (to name a few), there is never a shortage of content to entertain our whole family. And when it comes to effortless movie nights—or a regular Friday in—we love the Roku Ultra. Here are a few ways this snazzy little device will win you over:

• It's small but powerful: it's just one small router that can fit in the palm of your hand. But don't let its size fool you. The wireless now has up to 50% more range and can reach further than the older models. 

• The interface is user-friendly that even your toddler can use it: Channels launch quickly and the interface is easy to navigate (read: this would make a great gift for any tech-challenged grandparents).

• Voice remote: talk into the remote to dictate what you want Roku to do. We find this especially helpful when we're trying to break up fights between siblings or on the other side of the room cleaning up.

• AirPlay: stream photos and videos from Apple devices like phones and iPads through Roku's AirPlay.

Buy here for $99

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CINEMOOD Movie Projector

CINEMOOD is the way to go when you are looking for a projector for your family movie night. This 3-inch projector is designed for kids and comes with Disney content, games, bedtime stories and even a shadow puppet tutorial all included. Access additional content from Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and more. Not only is it great for your indoor movie nights, but you can bring it camping, set it up in your backyard or even bring it on your next flight.

There are three different CINEMOOD projectors to choose from. The base projector includes everything above, while the CINEMOOD 360 adds on 360-degree capability to turn your walls into immersive experience of nature scenes. It also has interactive motion games to get kids moving. 

Launching soon is CINEMOOD TV (you can pre-order now for delivery in time for the holidays). The all-new CINEMOOD TV comes with the features kids and parents love from previous models—plus it is five times faster and brighter so it can stream content in the daylight. It can be used without the need for WiFi and soon will have voice navigation making it even easier for kids to use. 

Get your CINEMOOD here and save $100 when you use code REDTRI

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Other Movie Projector Options

If you are looking for a more pared-down movie projector option, check out one of these:

FANGOR Native 1080P Projector, $159.99

VANKYO Leisure 510 Full HD Movie Projector, $169

RCA RPJ136 Home Theater Projector, $79

VANKYO Leisure 3 1080P Supported Mini Projector with 40000 Hours Lamp Life, $99.99

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Projector Screen

You'll definitely want to upgrade your TV screen to something bigger for movie night. Decide whether you'll want something that comes with a tripod stand like this 100-inch option from BestOffice or this 120-inch foldable option

You can also skip the stand and opt for a screen that attaches to your wall like this 100-inch option. If you've got the space to mount a movie screen on your wall, this retractable option is a good choice. 

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Popcorn Machine

Is it really a movie night without popcorn? We think not. We love the idea of having your own popcorn machine to bring out for family movie night as it makes it feel that more festive. This popcorn and concession cart has a small footprint and all the space you need to stash your popcorn ingredients away for the next movie night. Or, choose this tabletop version with a vintage flair

Don't forget to snag some popcorn kernels and seasonings while you are at it. 

Check out this list of fun flavored popcorn recipes to make it that much more special (churro is our favorite!). 

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Movie Theater Candy Boxes

If you want to be the favorite parent on the block, stock your pantry with movie theater boxed candy and let everyone choose their favorite. 

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Make It Cozy

Snuggling up at home is part of the fun of a family movie night. How about getting everyone their own PediPocket blanket that is made out of super-cozy fleece and comes with a foot pocket? Or go all in and get everyone The Comfy—an oversized blanket/hoodie that is sherpa lined. Another great option is to get the whole family decked out in matching holiday PJs if you've got a holiday movie to watch.  

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Pick Your Flick

Sometimes the hardest decision for movie night is which movie to watch. We love the idea of having each family member contribute a few options and picking one out of a hat. Or choose in order of youngest to oldest and have a different family member be the host each week. 

This list of 100+ Movies Kids Need to See Before They Grow Up is a great place to start when choosing a movie. Or, there are 10 Full-Length Kids Movies You Can Watch on Youtube for Free if your projector can stream YouTube. These movies were the most anticipated for 2020 if you want something that nobody has seen yet. Or, go back in time and share your favorite 80s movie like Back to the Future or Goonies

—Kate Loweth

Feature photo: iStock 

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