Nothing beats a cold winter day like cuddling up with your little one and watching a good movie. Grab some hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and check out these child-friendly movies the next time you and your kiddo are snowed in:
1. Frozen (2013)
If this suggestion made you roll your eyes and scoff, then you need to let it go (see what I did there?). Disney’s blockbuster hit, despite how much you’re over it, is still a hit with the younger crowds. The songs are catchy, the characters engaging, the visuals vibrant and colorful and it has a lot to do with snow. If you’re anything like me, the more you watch it the more you just resolve yourself to like it. And nothing beats watching my daughter when she was two walking around with a blanket wrapped around herself trying to sing “Let It Go”. Classic.
2. Ice Age (2002)
Forget all the sequels and go back to where it all started – it’s a fun story with a cast that will make you feel old because at the time this movie was released they were still relevant. If you can’t get into the narrative at least let yourself laugh at Scrat the whatever he is trying to catch that acorn. You know your kid will.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)
Tilda Swinton plays an evil witch who covers the entire land of Narnia with – you guessed it – snow (see the theme here?). Based on the classic novel of the same name, this movie is both entertaining and whimsical. And James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus is just the most adorable thing.
3. Happy Feet (2006)
Dancing, singing, fluffy, cute penguins? I’m in. The first half of this movie is a smorgasbord of fun and catchy – the second half is a bit heavy and will affect your feels. If your child is little then you may consider watching the first bit over and over. Older children may appreciate the trials and tribulations of Mumble, the hero penguin. You are going to hate aquariums. So there’s something for everyone!
4. Cool Runnings (1993)
This movie will always hold a special place in my heart and was always a winter tradition when I was a child. I may not have understood certain nuances and hidden jokes but the overall tone of this film is fun and funny. Based on a true story, a group of Jamaican men decide to train as a bobsled team to enter in the winter Olympics. They are ridiculed by all except for John Candy, who helps them achieve their dream.
5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
I apologize for this suggestion – you will have to endure the entire film before you see snow or anything winter related. Fortunately, this entire film is amazing so I’m confident you will not suffer for it. I’d recommend this one for older children as there are some dark and emotional themes. Johnny Depp delivers an astounding performance of a laboratory-created recluse with scissors for hands – hence the title, if you weren’t sure.
6. Fargo (1996)
WARNING! This one is for you! Not based on a true story, although the Coen brothers will try to convince you it is, Fargo is a crime-comedy of errors-at times bloody-fun fest. A husband hires two goons to kidnap his wife to extort ransom money from his father-in-law but Murphy’s Law has a hand in guaranteeing that whatever could go wrong does go wrong. This is the movie that the television series is based on and definitely worth a watch – after the children go to bed, of course.