Movies are a fun, hassle-free, and affordable way to get the family together and enjoy some great entertainment. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and boost the immune system, and many movies offer ways to explore life lessons in light-hearted and non-confrontational ways. A movie night is also a great option for parents who may be tired or burned out since they’re all about relaxing!
Lots of great family movies came out in 2013 – and there are endless classics to choose from. Here are some top picks from critics and parents across the world…
Saving Mr. Banks
Despicable Me 2
The Little Mermaid
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
These are just a small sampling of movies that get rave reviews from kids and parents alike. Netflix and Amazon Prime are both great ways to explore more family movies, see what other parents think of them, and have them on demand when it’s time to relax and enjoy the show.
When it comes time to watch, there are a few essentials you’ll want to have in place…
Blankets, pillows, and favorite plush animals make a movie night feel like a special event. Some kids like to build blanket forts or on-the-floor giant cushions using tons of pillows – all great ways to stay comfortable trough a long movie.
Opt for super healthy and calming snacks without the sugar. Popcorn is a classic, but it’s hard to find non-GMO organic versions. Instead, try dried berries, gluten-free snack crackers, PB&J finger sandwiches, veggies and dips like hummus or vegan ranch dressing, and even a few pieces of dark chocolate.
Make sure to talk about the move the next day to answer any questions your children may have or to help them deal with any scary or negative characters.
Does your family have a favorite pick for movie night?
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