Host Your Own Movie Night (Staycation Kit)

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Our librarians have created a Movie Night Staycation Kit to help you host your own movie night at home with your family and create new, special memories together.  You can put DVDs or Blu-rays on hold to pick up through curbside pick-up. You can access movies with no waiting using Kanopy and Hoopla. You can also check out a Roku from our Library of Things to access Netflix. You can find animated adaptations of picture books on Hoopla and Tumblebooks to host a literary film festival.

Lincolnwood residents can sign up for our Movie Night Staycation Kit (pictured above) that includes a popcorn, cocoa, a DIY puzzle, & movie lists for the whole family. Fill out this form to request a kit – while supplies last. One kit per family, please.

Everyone can use the resources in this post to host their own family movie nights. You could even host a watch party on Zoom with friends and family!

Hosting a Movie Night

You can apply print and visual literacy strategies with young people during and after watching movies together. Here are some suggested questions to discuss:

Discussion Questions

What was your favorite part of the movie?

Which character is your favorite?

What did you notice? What do you wonder?

What did this movie remind you of (ex: other films, books, stories, toys)?

What is something new you learned?

Would you recommend this movie to a friend? Why or why not?

Move Night Extension Activities

Imaginative Play 

Encourage young people to create their own interpretations of films you’ve watched through playing pretend, LEGO creations, craft, art, and/or film responses, and extending the story with their own ideas. 

Movie Review 

You can create your own movie reviews, whether it’s an essay, a 3-panel comic, or a picture inspired by the film. Submit your review to the library via email to and we’ll share your recommendations. 

Make Your Own Puzzle 

You can continue the family time by working together to color your own puzzles in the style of your choice. Feel free to share pictures of your finished products with us! 

Game Break

Take a break from the movie to play a board game such as the ever-popular Exploding Kittens, Telestrations, Super Fight, Meow, Uno, Suspend, or Fluxx. You can see a full list of suggested games at

Dietary Information

Hot Cocoa


Family Movie Night Suggestions 

Our librarians have curated a collection of movies that can be fun for the whole family to watch together. From old favorites to modern classics to hidden gems, we hope you will find something everyone will enjoy. These films are general suggestions from our librarians. They may appeal to younger or older viewers. You can use resources like Common Sense Media to learn more about them and determine what is the best fit for your family. You can also always call or email our librarians to get personalized recommendations just for you. We’ll even create a movie bundle for you! You can also put DVDs we own on hold here.


The Cat in Paris 

Kedi: The Cats of an Ancient City 

Quill: The Life of A Guide Dog 

Storm Boy 


A Dog’s Courage 

All Dogs Go To Heaven 


Charlotte’s Web 



Imagine That 

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Of Green Gables 

Maya The Bee Movie 

Racing Stripes 



A Wrinkle in Time 

Because of Winn-Dixie


Black Panther 

Book of Life

Born in China


Charlotte’s Web


Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Free Willy

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Howl’s Moving Castle 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kubo and the Two Strings



Monkey Kingdom


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Tale of Despereaux



Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (also available on YouTube)

The Baby-Sitters Club 

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

The Dragon Prince 


Mary Poppins Returns 

Over the Moon 

The Secret Lives of Pets 

Finding Ohana

City of Ghosts

Which movies or shows would you recommend to host a fun family movie night? Feel free to share your suggestions with us!


We are eager to get feedback from our community about our Grab & Go Kits! Each kit comes with a postcard with a QR code you can scan using a device with a camera that can lead you to a form to complete. You can also access the form here. We’d love to know what you think about the kits – and ways we can improve.