Reel Dialogue’s School Holiday Survival Kit

What to do over the school holidays?

The school holidays are here. What do parents do when the kids are at home this coming month?

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?

With great films at the theatres and on Netflix, there are some survival ideas for the holiday season.

We have re-packed things…

Reel Dialogue Holiday Survival Kit is here for you. Packed with care by the Reel Dialogue team. 

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, 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: 

For the mature viewer: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, TAG, Ocean’s 8, Sicario: Day of Soldano

For families: Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, Ant-man & the Wasp

Reel Dialogue’s choice: Ant-man & the Wasp, Incredibles 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story

Films to avoid: Show Dogs and Peter Rabbit

The Great DVD Swap

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: Sherlock Gnomes, Ferdinand, Early Man, Wonder

Older kids and families: Isle of Dogs, Ready Player One, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman

Mum and Dad for after the kiddos go to bed: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Going Bargain Hunting

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 check 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: 

  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Sing
  • Mary Poppins

Tweens: 

  • Big Hero Six
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Tarzan

Teens: 

  • Big
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Zathura

Flickin’ through the Flix (Streaming)

Find an old television show and on a rainy day (There always is one)

Binge watch a classic: Dragnet, ChiPs, Happy Days, Hogan’s Heroes

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.

Series for consideration: Young Justice, Horrible Histories, A Series of Unfortunate Events, 

Kiddos: The Secret Life of Pets, Cars 3, Megamind

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.

Reel Dialogue want to help you to survive the school holidays …

and even enjoy some fond memories with the family!

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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.