Saturday, March 19, 2011

Days of Play: Family Movie Night {Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs}

I recently came across family movie nights from Plugged In and I have to say I'm hooked!  Once a month I'll share a movie night we've done and loved!

Why have a family movie night? 

Well, besides having some good quality time with your kids and a fabulous excuse to eat popcorn, Plugged In states:
"A Movie Night is a golden opportunity for parents and children to have a meaningful, biblically based discussion about one of the better films coming out of Hollywood. It's also the term we use for the downloadable curricula we've created to help you accomplish that."
Did you catch that?  There is downloadable curriculum to help you create a successful family night.

First up: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG).

Start your family night off cooking dinner together.

Make meatballs, spaghetti, and salad for dinner.
 If you need a good meatball recipe, click here.

Next, pop up some popcorn, make a cushy spot to snuggle as a family, and watch the movie.

At the end of the movie, hold a discussion with your kids.  Some sample questions from the Plugged In Movie Night curriculum:
  1. What kind of problems does our community face and how can we help?
  2. What does Sam pretend that she isn't smart?  Why do kids make fun of Flint?  What should you do when kids don't use kind words?
  3. What are some difference's between Flint's dad and Cal's dad (the policeman)?  How can I be a better mom or dad?
For more information on this movie or to look through movie lists for your own family movie night, please check out Plugged In Family Movie Night!

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