My kids have 2 weeks off from school at the end of the year, which is a lot of time to fill, especially when Christmas isn’t until the halfway point of the break. (Playing with new toys will eat up several days during the second week, thankfully.)
If you’re like me and are in need of family-friendly entertainment to pass the time, here are 6 great picks—some holiday-themed, some not … some for all ages, some best for teens.
The Muppets Take Manhattan – Streaming free on Redbox.com right now, this is the story of how the Muppet gang heads to New York with dreams of launching a show on Broadway, but then learn that the Big Apple isn’t exactly the easiest place to quickly become stars. However, they have even bigger problems when Kermit gets hit by a car and can’t remember anything!
Disney and Pixar’s Luca – On the Italian Riviera is a beautiful town called Portorosso, and in its waters is a young sea monster who transforms into a boy once he’s on land. Much to his parents’ horror, one day he decides to stay in Portorosso with some new human friends for the summer. But what will he do if someone discovers his secret?
Sing – Prepare for the sequel that’s hitting theaters later this month by watching (or rewatching) this 2016 animated blockbuster that’s packed with countless tunes sung by an A-list voice cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johannsson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and more. It remains one of my family’s favorite soundtracks, and we can’t wait to see what the sequel brings!
Disney’s A Christmas Carol – In this computer-animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Jim Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly boss of poor Bob Cratchit, played by Gary Oldman. Colin First, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes and Bob Hoskins round out the cast of this visually stunning interpretation.
Gremlins –If you’ve got older kids who don’t scare too easily, you might want to introduce them to this 1984 horror-comedy about a batch of naughty creatures who wreak havoc across a small town on Christmas Eve.
Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights – As Hanukkah draws to a close this year, consider this animated comedy meant for older kids and adults. It centers on a small-time criminal (Sandler) who’s given one last chance to turn his life around during the holiday season by performing community service instead of going to jail.
May your household be as peaceful as possible during your kids’ holiday break!