Set the Scene : It’s more fun to create a “relaxing” environment to either read books or watch movies. Here’s a few ways to spice up your living areas before embarking on a movie marathon.
Hang a white sheet on your wall or in your garage. You can rent a projector from the Memphis library or go ahead and buy one on Amazon. Movies are more fun when they’re large! Put down pillows or rearrange your couches for a fun, comfy movie night in!
Create drive-in “cars”
Get a big ole box from one of your home delivery services and convert it to a car! Raid that art closet you just created. Cut out wheels, headlights, and make a steering wheel! Park it in front of the TV, put a pillow inside for a comfy tush, and you have your very own drive-in theatre.
Movies by streaming service:
- Space Jam- classic 90’s movie featuring the last time the NBA season was cancelled due to illness
- Hook- my kids love Peter Pan, so imagine how excited they were that there was a movie about what happened when he finally grew up!
- Richie Rich- Poor little rich kid with no friends, until his parents get kidnapped and he sets out to find out who took them.
- Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-Rama/Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal- both of these are interactive, choose your own adventure type movies. So fun!
- Stuart Little- this was one of my favorite books as a kid and the movie is super cute!
- A Wrinkle in Time- another classic book turned movie! Have your kiddos read this one (or read it to them) then watch the movie. There are LOTS of differences to talk about!
- Christopher Robin- He’s all grown up now and Pooh needs his help to find his friends. Once reunited, they help Christopher rediscover the joy in his life. Great for kids of all ages!
- Good Burger- it’s as silly and ridiculous as you remember.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events- Three orphans are investigating their parents death. The cast is amazing. The book is amazing.
- National Treasure- for all your history loving kiddos, a modern treasure hunt!
- Rango- a chameleon accidentally becomes a hero when he ends up the sheriff in a frontier town called Dirt. Johnny Depp is great in this.
- Charlotte’s Webb- this is the classic, 1973 version aka the best one!
- Heidi- based on the biggest Swiss bestseller of all time, Heidi is a young orphan girl in the Swiss Alps forced to move into the home of an upper-class, Frankfurt family and struggles to fit in
- Leave it to Beavers- this PBS documentary that traces North American beavers from their near extinction to now is surprisingly entertaining!
- Maya the Bee- Maya is a newly hatched bee that befriends bugs from other species, despite warning from her hive no to
- The Last Airbender- One boy can control all 4 elements, and may be the only hope to save his war-torn world.
- The Spy Next Door- Jackie Chan stars as a man who is babysitting his neighbor’s kids when one of them accidentally downloads a secret code and he is forced to save the day
- The Borrowers- a boy discovers a family of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of his home
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- a man invents a self driving, flying car. What could go wrong?
- The Sound of Music- I mean, what more do I need to say?
- Wonder Park- The story of an amusement park where the imagination of June comes alive
- Passport to Paris- the best Mary Kate and Ashely movie
- The Mighty Ducks- a true classic; watch is ASAP
- Babe- this movie makes me laugh and cry; love it!
- George of the Jungle- a baby is raised by gorillas and grows up to be a lovable klutz
- Free Willy- Jesse is an orphan forced to work at a sea life park, he forms a bond with an orca whale that has been separated from his family
- Pokemon Detective Pikachu- this one came out last year; my first grader is obsessed
- How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World- I’m PRETTY sure this is the last one of the series
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers- show your kids YOUR action heroes!
I’m going to list these in 2 categories. One is movies that make my 90’s heart happy. And one is Disney classics you may have forgotten about.
- Honey I Shrunk the Kids- my kids have actually watched this and they LOVE it
- While You Were Sleeping- See? Disney+ has stuff for big kids too! Your tweens will love this romantic comedy!
- Freaky Friday- mother/daughter body swap! Classic!
- Blank Check- An 11-year-old cashed a blank check for a million bucks. What could go wrong?
- 10 Things I Hate About You- Oh how I miss Heath Ledger (plus, sneaky Shakespeare plot!)
- Three Men and a Baby- Three bachelors adapt to pseudo-fatherhood after the arrival of the love child of one of them (this may be a plot that is a bit touchy to explain…)
- Never Been Kissed- frumpy reporter gets a makeover and goes undercover in a high school. And then falls for her teacher.
- Sister Act- a lounge singer hides out from the mob by pretending to be a nun in a convent; how did these movies get made??
- Rookie of the Year- a 12 year old boy can throw 100mph fastballs…
- The Rocketeer- a pilot discovers a top-secret jetpack; there’s something about Nazis?
Classic Disney movies:
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
- The Fox and the Hound
- The Artistocats
- Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers
- Oliver and Company
- The Sword and the Stone
- Sleeping Beauty
- The Jungle Book
- Lady and the Tramp (the new remake is pretty good as well)
Bonus: Frozen 2 is out now. Because Disney loves us.