Showing posts with label family movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family movies. Show all posts

Thursday, May 1, 2014

This Month's Picks for Families: High School Musicals

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.


I learned early on in my parenting journey the power music has to change the mood in our house, especially in the car.  I introduced my kids to Stevie Wonder and Michael Buble pretty early, so I get to listen so Superstition as often as Let It Go.  And while I’m 100% tone deaf, I sometimes break into song while trying to get my kids to do something.  This weekend in an effort to get my kids out of the house I started singing “let’s bowl, let’s bowl, let’s rock-n-roll” from Grease 2 (I wonder how long before they start to understand those infamous double entendre) and I explained to my 4 year old that nobody likes to wait, in fact a woman named Carly wrote a whole song about it (Anticipation anyone?).  


In anticipation for the springtime musicals going on throughout schools everywhere, we put together some movies for your older and younger kids to get into the musical spirit.

For your big kids:



And your little ones:

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Since I’m pretty sure my kids got my ears and two left feet, I think we’ll spend more time watching musicals and having fun at home.  Click here to see how easy it is to make your own No Sew Stage Curtain.



And remember that scene in Shrek when Donkey says, "Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole planet!"? We agree. Click here to learn how to make your own Shrek-inspired parfait.  

Maybe now with these title suggestions, you can finally get Let It Go out of your head. 

-Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Month’s Picks for Families: Totally Tubular #TBT

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

I’ve been working at Netflix for a little more than a year and one of the stories I hear over and over is how parents love to introduce their children to characters they grew up with.  I know one dad who is watching all the superhero series from the 70s and 80s with his son.  He told me it’s like reliving his childhood and he gets to see the characters through his son’s eyes, which can be a pretty magical thing. It’s become their own special ritual and an easy way to have some bonding time. 

And I’ve heard from a mom who started watching Bones because her daughter loved the show so much.  It gave them something to do together at a time when moms and teens don’t always connect.  That 1 hour on the couch has lead to meaningful conversations about what’s going on in her daughter’s life, including what she wants to study in school…turns out she wants to be like Angela and work in a lab.

Those stories give me goosies (yep, I just outed myself, I still watch American Idol). So in the spirit of the ever-popular #TBT trend, we’ve put together a list of TV shows and movies from when we were kids to share with your brood.

For your big kids:








I must admit, when I saw this craft I let out a little yelp!  My daughter and I will be making some Shrinky Dinks this week. 



Who can forget Billy Cosby and his J-E-L-L-O commercials? Relieve the 80s with homemade pudding pops.

Enjoy sharing a piece of your childhood with your kids.

-Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Go For the Gold

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

My daughter started Kindergarten this year - so naturally we felt it must be time to start soccer too. I got her a special pink soccer outfit and pink shin guards to go along with her pink gym shoes (because of course I wouldn’t invest in cleats just yet…).  We met the team and she followed the coach’s direction well.  But after three ‘games’ she decided she didn’t want to play soccer anymore.  My husband, who played every sport growing up, declared “we needed to teach her what commitment is” and lectured me on how she needed to stick with it.  I said I didn’t want to fight with her every Saturday morning and that she was only 5!  I won and we stopped soccer.  J  But he was actually right. 

Our kids do need to learn about sticking with something until they feel the thrill of success.  And that’s why I love this month’s idea.  We’re going to introduce the Olympics to my kids (they’re still pretty young) and start talking about the importance of dedication, teamwork and inspiration.  Common Sense Media provided us a great list of  key lessons you can teach your kids while tuning in to the games. They also compiled a guide to watching the winter events as a family in hopes of bringing everyone together from some fun viewing and bonding time. 

As we like to do, we pulled together a handful of movie and TV shows you can enjoy before, during and after the games.

 For Your Big Kids


For Your Little Kids



If you’re planning your own backyard games, check out these easy to make, oven-baked clay medals that can be used again and again. Click here to learn how to make your own.










If your little athlete prefers to cheer from the sidelines, pick their favorite sport and create these delicious sports cakes made with whole wheat, mashed bananas, and fresh orange juice. Click here to learn how to make your own.






Here’s to going for gold! 
-Jenny
Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Laughter is the Best Medicine

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

At my house, it starts in the middle of the night. One of the little people that should be sleeping down the hall cries out in a feeble voice “moooommmmmeeeeeee,” which is usually followed by some coughing. I’m up in an instant, feeling their foreheads, praying they’re not on fire. If this sounds familiar and if you’re like me, the next day is going to include a little Netflix.

Since laughter can truly be the best medicine, this month we’re sharing a few silly movies your school-aged kids might enjoy. My kids are still little and they love to watch their favorite characters going through the same things they are, so we’ve also included a few ideas about shows where they go to the doctor.

Turn sniffles into giggles with these:








1. Daddy Day Care
2. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
3. Hoodwinked Too!
4. Escape from Planet Earth
5. The Croods [streaming on Netflix 1/29]
6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3

Show your kids that even their favorite characters get sick with these TV shows:










1. Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie
2. Sesame Street: The Ten Commandments of Health
3. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: The Checkup
4. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Visits the Doctor
5. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Gets a Shot

Starve a fever, feed a cold. Or is it feed a fever and … oh I give up. Once your routine has been shot to pieces, coming up with ways to get some nutrition into your sickies can prove challenging. That’s why we teamed with recipe expert, Alejandra Ramos, this month to provide us a few tips on how to serve your child’s afternoon snack in a way that's sure to leave them (and you) with a smile. You can check them out here.
















If your child’s feeling a little stir-crazy, but still too sick to head back to school, we’ve got a fun craft activity you can make together from expert Kelly Ladd. These simple, but fun dream catchers can be made from the comforts of their bed and are a great way to ward off your little ones flu-sick dreams. You can check it out here.
























Wishing you and your family the best of luck this flu season – stay healthy.

Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day with Netflix


I'm Ian Bricke, Director of Content Acquisition here at Netflix.  Join us in celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd!  Whether you’re a hardcore treehugger or a laidback household recycler, Netflix has a great offering of green movies for every taste, all available to watch instantly.  If you’re into hard-hitting environmental documentaries, try Forks Over Knives, The Last Mountain, or the 2012 Academy Award-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.  For a more playful look at green living, check out Revenge of the Electric Car.  Travel the world in pursuit of inspiring stories of renewal, creativity, and adventure with Waste Land or 180°South.  Celebrate the sheer beauty of our natural world with the family-friendly Turtle: The Incredible Journey and March of the Penguins.   And if documentaries aren’t your thing, you could do worse than a one-of-a-kind Earth Day double feature of Free Willy and Chinatown(Let's be honest, Chinatown is not only one of the all-time-best Jack Nicholson movies, but also a pull-no-punches look at water rights.)  Happy Earth Day!