By Raelyn Mae Holmes
Hey there, parentals: Are you at the end of your spring break rope yet? You’ve taken the kiddos to the beach, to the zoo, to the aquarium, to the park (multiple times) and zip lining – and you’re out of ideas? Fair enough. It happens. With a chance of showers creeping into the forecast for folks throughout Alabama – from Huntsville to the Gulf Coast, I thought this might be a good time to provide a brief rundown of some movie offerings, specifically some of the best kids movies on Redbox, and more. Because hey, it’ll keep the little ones occupied for a bit, and provide you with some much-needed quiet time. And the disclaimer: Some of these films are better for youngsters, while others are better for the tweens or teens set. Use your finely-honed parental radar to ensure age appropriateness.
First let’s look at the new Redbox offerings – because really, they’re the cheapest option. This week’s new Redbox releases that could be considered “kid friendly” include the remake of Annie and (for the older kids) Dumb and Dumber To and third installment of The Hunger Games films: Mockingjay (part one…yeah sorry, this one’s not quite over yet). Also of note: Disney’s Big Hero 6. Of these, I’ve seenMockingjay and Big Hero 6 – both were good, and I’d give the edge to Big Hero 6. If your children insist that you watch with them, you’ll be reasonably entertained.
As for the new DVD releases, you’ve got two really solid options: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, aka one of Robin Williams’ final films and the third in the Museum Series, and the Sound of Music 50th Anniversary release. Moms, if your daughters haven’t been introduced to The Sound of Music Yet, there’s no time like the present. Plus, you’ll totally be able to sing along and mortify your daughters in front of their friends. Do it.
For those of you who keep Netflix on 24/7, guess what? There are a few new streams available that might keep the kids entertained for a few hours, most notably How to Train Your Dragon 2. I’ve seen this, I loved the first one and I loved this one just as much. Keep tissues handy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Also of note: My personal favorite new stream, 1989’s stellar musical Teen Witch, starring…a bunch of people you’ve never heard of, but no matter. It’s a cult classic, and with good reason. It’s worth watching for the rap scene alone.Make your teens watch this one. It explains in great detail (almost) everything that was wrong with the 80s.
And for those of you who simply don’t want to sit home in the rain and watch movies at home, remember that the live-action Cinderella is playing – to stellar reviews by critics and audiences alike. This one is can’t-lose. And the latest installment of the Divergent franchise,Insurgent, opens in theaters everywhere on Friday. Reviews for this one aren’t great, but they weren’t forDivergent either, and we all know how popular that one turned out to be, now don’t we?
Hope this helps alleviate some of the spring break boredom if you’re stuck at home (or in the condo, or in the chalet, or wherever you are over the holiday) with a house full of restless youngsters. Have fun!