Summertime is the season for blockbusters. Whether it is action flicks, comedies, horror and animated soon-to-be classics, movies are a big deal this time of the year.
If you are anything like us, the thought of taking your toddler to a movie theater has you on pins and needles. Will they sit still? How much popcorn are they going to dump on the floor? What are they going to yell at the screen?
We found that going to a drive-in was the best bet because she could do whatever she wanted to do in the confines of our car and not bother anyone.
Another way to enjoy a family movie is in the comfort of your own home. You can pause the film for potty breaks (not just for the toddler), load up on snacks and popcorn just a few feet away from your TV and you have the best seat in the house.
Here are our Tot Five picks for Family Flicks for your movie night that might not be on your radar.
5. Sammy the Way Out Seal
My mom was a teacher for many, many years. When she would have an end of the year party for her students she would always show them “Sammy the Way Out Seal.”
One time when she rented the video (this is how old school this is) I sat down and watched it and I loved it. I laughed really hard at parts and the retro feel to the film is so endearing.
I have always been a huge fan of the live-action Disney films from the previous generations so this was destined to be a hit for me.
4. The Sound of Music
This is a classic! Just seeing the title brings to mind the opening scene of Maria spinning in an open field in the mountains.
The songs are catchy and the tale is timeless.
Just be warned that your Mousekatots will probably end up sing the “Doe a Deer” song for days on end.
3. The Little Rascals (the movie)
So, I came across this movie that came out when I was young. It was as cute as I remembered it. There is also a sequel that came out a few years ago that is also really cute.
Both films are currently on Netflix. You could even make a double feature!
2. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
We watched this movie for the first time last weekend and I loved it!
It was funny and really entertaining, I laughed quite a bit, and something that parents will enjoy as much as the kids.
It is currently available for free onDemend for Direct TV customers.
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
This movie earns the number one distinction because it is my all time favorite movie ever since I was little!
My poor grandmother who would babysit me would be subjected to watching this movie on repeat. (To this day I know the whole film word by word.)
Just beware of the tunnel scene in the middle of the film. It is so random and terrifying, and contains some graphic images that should be skipped. (It is often featured in compilations for scariest horror scenes ever.)
In my opinion this version is so much better than the remake that featured Johnny Depp.
What are your favorite films for family movie night? Leave your comments below.