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!
Our “Mary Poppins party” still holds a special place in my heart, because it was filled with fun (but still very simple) activities!
Dinner was just a light-fare tea party, with sandwiches, fruits and vegetables, and shortbread cookies…
… and then the fun began!
First we had a Spoonful of Sugar Race. This would work much better with preschoolers than it did with my toddlers, but they still had a good time.
Next we made chalk drawings like Bert –
– and finally made our own kites, which the kids proudly “flew” along with Mr. Banks and the children during the triumphant ending.
We just watched Mary Poppins again recently after watching Saving Mr. Banks. What’s your favorite scene? 🙂