How to Make a Pretend Concession Stand for a Movie Party

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How to Make a Pretend Concession Stand for a Movie Party
Make a movie party more authentic for kids by having a concession stand. (old movie film onwhite background image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Make a movie party even more authentic by having a pretend concession stand where kids can use fake money to "purchase" candy, popcorn and drinks. Simulate a real theatergoing experience with a fun way for kids to get their snacks before the movie starts. Once you know how many kids you'll be having at your movie watching party, you can decide how many types of snacks and what kinds of items you should offer at your stand. Have a parent or older sibling run the stand.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Table
  • Drinks such as water, juice, sodas
  • Variety of candy
  • Popcorn
  • Nachos

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    Make fake money out of construction paper. Draw denominations on the bills and use markers to make funny designs on the bills. Use the family name or make up a name for the money. Make the denominations all even numbers so it will be easy for kids to "pay" for their snacks.

  2. 2

    Set up your concession stand. A card table or dining room table should work well. Place the table in a location that won't be in the way of the television but that will be easily accessible for everyone.

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    Lay out the concessions. If it's a party near a mealtime, consider lunch fare such as nachos with cheese, hot dogs or hamburgers. If it's between meals or after dinner, have popcorn with cheese sprinkles as an option, several different types of candy or small bags of chips. For drinks, it depends on the age of the kids. Older kids may like sodas, but younger kids may rather have juice boxes. Offer bottled water as well. If you want to go all out, purchase cinema style popcorn bags at a party shop.

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    Make price tags for all of the items, or set up a pricing board like they have at real cinemas. Use paper and markers to price all the items.

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    Hand out pretend money to kids as they arrive, and they can stand in line for the concessions right before they go into the movie watching area. Set out hot foods as kids arrive so nothing sits for too long and gets cold.

Tips and warnings

  • Offer plenty of napkins to go with any messy concessions.

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