It was an innocent question from my daughter in the middle of her first week of summer. “Mom, I know it’s not movie night, but can we watch a movie today?” I didn’t even think twice when I replied, “Sure it’s summer why not? We can watch movies any day this summer, as long as it’s not a cartoon.” Translation – ditch Frozen and Lego Friends and find some new non-animated movies..pronto!
Usually Friday is movie night, which means pizza for dinner, and popcorn sprinkled with M&m’s for dessert. But this summer all bets are off. Since we are doing minimal camps and activities, most of our summer fun is at home or with friends, so introducing some new movies sounded like fun to me! Sure we go on excursions, read, attend Vacation Bible School, swim, and play…but sometimes it’s fun to beat the heat on the couch with a cuddle. Plus new movies are great for summer road trips!
But finding age appropriate non-animated movies was actually harder than it seemed. So I asked friends and fellow bloggers for suggestions, and raided the discount DVD bins at Target and Walmart to come up with a plan. I may have to screen some of these before we watch them…but I think it’s a good start!
- Wizard of Oz
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder, 1971)
- Annie (and the newer version too!)
- Buddies Movies Series (Air Bud, Treasure Buddies, Santa Buddies etc.)
- Because of Winn Dixie
- Free Willy
- The Princess Diaries (Anne Hathaway & Julie Andrews, 2001)
- Enchanted (Amy Adams & Patrick Dempsey, 2007)
- Ever After (Drew Barrymore, 1998)
- The Never Ending Story
- Labyrinth (David Bowie, 1986)
- Harry Potter
- Mighty Ducks (Emilio Estevez, 1992)
- The Sandlot
- Little Giants
- Space Jam – Did you know most kids don’t know who Michael Jordan is? Mine will.
OLD SCHOOL DISNEY
- Mary Poppins
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- The Absent Minded Professor (Fred MacMurray, 1961)
- Parent Trap (Haley Mills, 1961)
- Freaky Friday (Jodie Foster, 1976)
I seriously doubt we’ll get through this list, but it’s a good start, right? And thanks to The Mad Mommy, Gym Craft Laundry, Oh Honestly, and Minutes of Motherhood for your help thinking of these throwback films!
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