When my twins were younger, my husband said it would be fun to have “movie nights” with them as we introduced them to our favorite animated feature films. Because we were counting down to a trip at the time (and mostly because we are giant nerds), I took it one step ten steps further – and Disney Family Days were born. Back in the day, these were weekly occurrences. Over time they got much less frequent, but the point remains – it doesn’t take a holiday to spend a special day celebrating family and one of the Disney classics!
Our Disney Family Days are not parties, despite that my kids refer to them as such. I love planning detailed parties, and I’m sure you’ll see a few of those around here, too 😉 These, though, are much more simple. A few decorations that cost $5 or less (many are made from stuff you have lying around the house!), a themed menu, a few games or activities and a movie. Some are more elaborate than others, but young kids – and the young at heart – have a lot of fun with them!
One of the “parties” my older kids still talk about is our Dumbo-themed afternoon. Truth be told? I’m pretty sure it’s because the menu was 90% junk….
This is so much fun though, and could easily be adapted for a super-fun birthday theme!
On the menu:
- Corn Dogs
- Circus Peanuts
- Elephant Ears
- Clown Sundaes
- Pin the lucky feather on Dumbo
- Face Painting
- Bean Bag Toss
- Clown Photo Booth
- …And of course, a movie viewing. Dumbo is such a classic, and it’s short enough that it’s an excellent choices for families with kids of all ages!
I know there are so, so many ideas you all can come up with for spectacular circus/Dumbo themed parties. This was our budget-firendly, super simple weekend dinner. What else would you add?