Some Boy and I went to a movie event last week and this kid had so much fun! I’ll admit that we’ve struggled a bit with getting him involved and engaged in movies in the past. Our 3-year-old is all about the big screen whereas our 5-year-old dude would much rather be doing something hands-on and active, so I was excited to see him soaking it all in and eagerly asking when we can take our next family trip to the theater.
Lionsgate invited us to screen their upcoming movie, The Wild Life, and then take part in a series of post-movie events at the San Diego Zoo.
We walked away with a ton of ideas for how to get the kids excited about future movies as well!
Recreate the scenes. Depending on the setting of the movie, you may be able to arrange a family field trip that ties in perfectly! The Wild Life is a story about a man (Robinson Crusoe) who gets stranded on a deserted island with a bunch of wild animals to keep him company. While I can’t exactly tote my crew off to a deserted island, taking them to see animals at the zoo is no problem. It’s all about thinking outside the box!
Meet the characters. This all depends on the movie. If you’re watching a movie about fairies and goblins, you may be in for a bit of a challenge. However, if your film centers on animals or community workers, it can be easy to track down a real-life version to get the kids engaged in the film! We got to meet a bunch of our favorites from The Wild Life, including a pangolin (the animal portrayed by Pango in the movie) and a macaw.
Have a Q & A. At the zoo, we were able to sit down with Dr. Zoolittle so Some Boy and the other kids could unleash all their movie questions. Nate and I usually do this in a pretty informal manner by having a dialogue with our family after watching a movie.
Food fun. Our family has hosted a lot of movie nights, and we’ve learned it’s ALL about the food! You can get the kids even more involved with the movie by serving movie-inspired snacks or even just adding cute printables onto cupcakes. The littles ones get especially excited to see their favorite characters incorporated into a tablescape.
Get crafty. If you search Pinterest, you’re bound to find a jillion hands-on ideas for just about any kids’ movie. Most entertainment corporations also provide printables and activity sheets. You can find some for The Wild Life on the movie website!
How do you get your kids all engaged and interested in the same movie?