The School Holiday Survival Pack – April 2017

A time for fear and confusion for families around the country.

School Holidays

It will not be long before the dreaded statement, ‘I’m bored!’ Which is followed by the inevitable question, ‘What can I do?’

Well, after the book option has been considered, all the board games have been played and the house chores have been done, what is next?

No fear! The Hope 103.2 Breakfast Show Holiday Survival Kit is here for you.

(Packed with care by our own Russell Matthews)

A family movie adventure:

Going to the cinemas can be expensive for a family with little children, but that does not mean that you can’t go to see a film together. Sometimes all it takes is a little effort and research. Through websites and apps like Rotten Tomatoes and Flixter  you can find films in the area at discounted rates. Different days of the week or times of the day offer rates that are cheaper for families.

Make it an adventure: Discover the treasure that does not have to cost you a fortune. There are always cinemas that are having specials in the area.

Movie suggestions this season:

Little ones:

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village

Tweens:

  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Boss Baby

Teens:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Power Rangers
  • Dance Academy: The Movie

DVD Trade Tuesday: Do you have a network of friends? Family friends who have kids, too.
The first question to ask yourself: Do you have any DVDs? Even if you have watched your whole library 10+ times, your friends haven’t seen them.

What does this mean? Your friends most likely have a DVD collection that you have not seen, too.

The next question: Do you trust your friends? If the answer is yes, then how about considering a swap? During the holidays, you could trade your DVD collections or at least some of your DVDs.

Your kids would get a fresh set of films for the holidays and you might even be able to enjoy some time with your friends.

DVD options for the holidays:

Little ones:

  • Sing
  • Trolls

Tweens:

  • Moana
  • The BFG
  • Pete’s Dragon

Teens:

  • Sing Street
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Flash (Television show)

Bargain Bin Diving: Would you like a cheap option for upgrading your film collection that can be fun for the whole family? On a rainy day, head to the local shopping centre and find the discount store that has large bins of DVDs on sale.

Give each child a specific dollar limit and in 30 minutes have them go through and find the best (or worst) film they can find within their budget.

When they come back and after you checking out the rating, you can purchase the DVDs and then you walk out of the store with one or two films per child.

Head to the local grocery store, buy some popcorn and M&Ms and then head home and enjoy an inexpensive, but fun day watching films together.

Little ones:

  • The Incredibles
  • The Muppet Show (TV Show)
  • The original Beauty and the Beast

Tweens:

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Lemony Snickett’s : A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Nanny McFee
  • Galaxy Quest

Teens:

  • ET
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Goonies
  • Clueless

Flickin’ through the Flix (Netflix): Find an old television show and on the rainy day (There always is one) Binge watch a classic: The Dick Van Dyke Show, ALF, Happy Days, MacGyver, Quantum Leap, The Wonder Years

Parents: Ask yourself, what was the top five films that made an impact on your life or you would watch over and over… Then search for them on Netflix and share a bit of your past with your kids. Who knows, it might bring back some great memories, too.

Little ones:

  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots

Tweens:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Star Wars Rebels & Clone Wars

Teens:

  • Stranger Things
  • Arrow
  • Heartland

Russ’ memories: Field of Dreams, Star Wars (IV-VI), Galaxy Quest, The Blind Side

Hope you can enjoy these suggestions for surviving the holidays. If you have other suggestions, send them our way and we will pass them on to our audience.

Hope you survive the school holidays 

and even enjoy some fond memories with the family!

Hope you tune in to Breakfast with Laura and Duncan. 

From 6 am Hope 103.2 starts every weekday with a ‘healthy’ breakfast filled with upbeat family fun and loads of useful news and information. Covering everything from world affairs to crazy radio competitions, this is the breakfast show that promises to bring a positive start to every workday.

About Laura Bennett

After winning a Hope 103.2 competition to become our Breakfast Team’s Apprentice, Laura interned with Hope 103.2 while finishing her media degree. Soon after graduation, Laura stepped into the role as Nights host, bringing her energetic enthusiasm and positivity to your weekday evenings. Now completing her journalism Master’s, Laura’s passion for media spills over into regular film reviews, writing for The Connect Press, and self-publishing with her first book ‘Live Your Dream’ reaching #1.

About Duncan Robinson

Duncan as spent the last 15 years planting churches both locally and overseas and is husband to Carly, and Dad to young Ruby and Max. He has presented a devotional TV series on US TV and authored two books (Unlikely Hero and Vanguard), likes updating his blog while brewing Kombucha, and seamlessly integrates his Masters in Divinity with his Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu.

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.