Surviving School Holiday Movie Sessions

It’s school holidays again, which also means…kiddie and tween movies galore! Hands up those of you who abhor kids’ movies. Yep, my hand is up there, in fact BOTH hands are up. Having 3 school aged kids means that yes, I too have to suffer through the dreaded kids movies from time to time. Especially during the school holidays. Although, I have to admit that times have changed and the types of animated films and tween based movies have started to improve lately. When I say improve I mean, bearable to watch, in fact entertaining enough that I won’t suffer sugary sweetness in my mouth while I sit and torture myself for watching something that’s aimed at kids. It’s also great that these animations usually do not end up with a prince rescuing a princess and living happily ever after – yeah, over those films too. So, with that in mind, I’m going to share with you some movies worth watching if you were coerced into watching any.  And yes, even if you don’t have kids, these movies would be pretty entertaining if you can’t find any adult oriented ones to watch.


I was lucky enough to get invited to watch this along with my kids – ok they were more for my kids really, but I have to say I did enjoy watching this one. But then again, I’ve always been a fan of Tinker Bell’s movies. What’s not to love about this spunky fairy who is always curious and manages to get herself into some pretty sticky situations. In this installment, we see Tinker Bell crossing the line over to forbidden territory – the Winter Woods. What is that they say about curiosity killing the cat? Well, yeah, Tinker Bell gets into a little bit of trouble, and nearly loses her wings. But she also discovers a little secret about her past. It’s a sweet tale of taking chances, something I think most of us tend to forget once we grow older. The animation is beautiful as usual and the tale is endearing.

Spike from Tinker Bell & The Secret of the Wings
Spike from Tinker Bell & The Secret of the Wings

And, I loved how spunky and sassy the different fairies were, especially Spike with her super chic hairstyle and sassy attitude.


Hotel Translyvania
LOVED this movie! I watched this with Miss 10, Miss 9 and her friends as a little birthday celebration for Miss 9 last weekend. It’s about Count Dracula, a protective single dad raising his only daughter Mavis. He is the typical over protective parent who doesn’t want his daughter to go out into the world lest she gets mobbed by humans. The film stars Adam Sandler as Dracula, Selena Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Jonathan. This is definitely geared at tweens. And parents. The jokes were funny enough for the kids to understand and for us adults to understand the deeper underlying meaning. Highly entertaining, had lots of laughs with this one and I honestly wouldn’t mind watching it again! Great music to bop to as well.
Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted
I’ve seen Madagascar 1 and 2 and have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed them – especially my all time favourite character, Marty the Zebra – super funny! Now it’s the third installment to their adventure in Europe (I’m guessing). My blogger friend Lisa from Life As We Know It was lucky enough to go to the preview screening (complete with circus activities) of the movie and I think it’s got something to do with being in a circus. You’ll just have to check out HER adventures and by the looks of it she sure had tonnes of fun!

  • The Wimpy Kid 3 – Dog Days
If you’re not into animations, then maybe The Wimpy Kid 3 – Dog Days might be your cup of tea? I haven’t seen parts 1 or 2, but my kids have and they loved the first two installments. I did manage to catch the trailer to part 3 and have to admit, it looked pretty funny and entertaining. It’s Summer and this is where we see Greg and his friends going on their many “adventures”. I say adventure because we know each and everyday in a day of life of tween/teen is definitely an adventure! Ha! And as usual we know by now that things never go as planned where Greg is concerned – I guess that’s where the funny bits come in!


So these are my picks for surviving school holiday movies. Have you got any other suggestions? I know I’m looking forward to when my kids grow up and I can simply drop them off at the movies whilst I watch MY adult oriented movies.




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  • emmabovary says:

    I told my niece and nephew I am going to take them to Wimpy kid to cover the fact that I want to see it myself ;P

    • baublesb says:

      Hahaha…I honestly don’t mind watching Hotel Translyvania again. It was just so funny! And it was not at the usual price too. So not sure if they still have it at $10! or I can just go to the cheapie cinema that’s nearby. 🙂

  • Ling says:

    The good thing about this is that mine are too young for cinemas but seriously it is so expensive to go!.
    I’m so tight ar$e so we do DVDs.

    • baublesb says:

      Oh Ling! Lucky you! Yeah I prefer to do DVDs, or wait when the tickets are cheap or something. It’s so expensive to go to the movies nowadays, so you have to make it worth your while. 😉

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