7 Fun Picks for a Family-Friendly Movie Marathon Over the Holidays
After the mad dash of Christmas prep — decorating, gift buying and baking, to name just some of the holiday’s tasks — those few days of quiet downtime with the family are going to feel more than well earned.
Chances are you’re not going to feel like doing a whole lot, and while you might be planning on using at least some of your downtime to wrangle the kids and finally go catch Moana in theatres, with any luck, you’ll hopefully also get lots of quality time at home to settle in with some sweet snacks — and LOTS of movies. Here are some of the best and latest DVD and Netflix options for putting your feet up with the fam and enjoying a kid AND grown-up-friendly movie marathon.
1. Pete’s Dragon (DVD): This remake of the Disney classic is as wholesome and magical as the original, and kids will love the modern take on the sweet dragon Elliot who takes care of an orphaned little boy named Pete. A pretty cool holiday bonus with this one is that if you nab your own Pete’s Dragon or The BFG Blu-ray combo pack, Digital HD or DVD by January 31, 2017, you’ll have a chance to take a free Brit + Co e-class! If you’re not already registered for the Disney Movies Anywhere or Disney Movie Rewards programs, get signed up, then enter the codes included in your new movies on the site or app. Then check your email for your free B+C e-class code and register before February 28 2017. Get details here and kick your New Years Resolutions off with a bang!
2. The BFG (DVD): Parents will love Steven Spielberg’s version of the beloved Roald Dahl book, and the younger ones will find their inner courage in this fun, if tense, flick. This one also comes with a free Brit + Co e-class, so see above for details! This one also comes with a free Brit + Co e-class, so click here for details!
3. Finding Dory (DVD): The adorable Dory has delighted families (um, including us, obvs) since her Finding Nemo days, and in this long-awaited sequel to the 2003 classic, she gets the starring role to win over a whole new audience. Of course, there are some sad moments as Dory tries to find her family, but the themes of teamwork and friendship (and, of course, family) will bring everyone together.
4. Kubo and the Two Strings (DVD): This one might be better suited to kids who are a little older. It’s an epic adventure of a young boy searching for a magical suit of armor that once belonged to his father. Kubo is a hero in the making, and while this one’s a little darker than standard kids’ flicks, it’s ultimately a triumph.
5. Kung Fu Panda 3 (Netflix): The third part of the hit series can be enjoyed without having seen the others, and while it has the same amount of martial arts-based violence, it also has some really good lessons about family ties and blended families.
6. Angry Birds (Netflix): Chances are that everyone in the family is already pretty familiar with this title based on the blockbuster mobile game, so the crude ‘tudes won’t be a shocker. Whatever anger there is here is balanced by a LOT of physical goofiness, so this one will be a guaranteed LOLfest for the kids.
7. The Secret Life of Pets (DVD): We LOVE a good animal buddy comedy. This summer hit is about what your pets do when you leave them home alone all day. It’s equally adorable, suspenseful and heartwarming, and kids will love its lessons in selflessness and acceptance.
What movies will you be watching at home over the holidays? Let us know over @BritandCo!
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