My high school job was selling tickets at the local movie theater. So when my nieces were younger (one of them is a senior in high school now – boo!) I made them a movie theater play kit for Christmas. It was one of my favorite gifts to give and it sure was fun to play with them.
Now several years later, the movie theater play kit has been reinvented and used as birthday gifts for my Avery’s little friends.
This play kit can be done for $10 or under. You could probably make it as cheap or as expensive as you want depending on how crazy you want to get with it.
I started with a canvas bag from Hobby Lobby. I used my trusty iron-on transfer paper to personalize the bags with their names.
I searched for appropriate movie poster images, printed them, and had them laminated.
In the bag were also some cardboard popcorn holders bought in the party section at Hobby Lobby. I purchased a roll of tickets at Target and some microwave popcorn. I had some nametag holders leftover from my teaching days. I printed off paper that said “my name is” and included one for the receipient of the gift as well as any siblings.
I asked my Mom to make a vest to add to the kit so the child could really play the part. (One of these days when time allows, I will learn how to do this part myself! Ha.)
I finished it off with a label printed on the computer so the parent would see what it was meant to be.
This gift usually needs explained at first but always ends up up being a hit, especially the tickets!