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Beat bad weather with a family film binge

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Typical of the British summer to be fraught with drizzle filled days. We can hope the sun will show its face again but let’s be honest, English summer isn’t exactly the most predictable. There’s bound to be a couple of wet and rainy days. But what better excuse to have a movie marathon with some the latest kids and family films?

There’s nothing easier to do with the kids than make some popcorn, grab a blanket and curl up on the sofa with a great flick. If you’re looking to make it more fun, why not try one of Movie weekender’s challenges with the kids?

Find your film

Find the film you want to watch on Netflix, FindAnyFilm.com, or your favourite streaming site. FindAnyFilm.com gives you the option to buy or watch now and you can stream from ae.g. DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Prime. You can then visit the relevant website to purchase or rent the film legally.

Once you’ve picked your movie, grab your snacks of choice and take up camp on the sofa!

Films to watch

The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim (Tobey Maguire).  Featuring the most unusual baby that wears a suit and speaks with the voice of Alec Baldwin, The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages!

Challenge: Can you tie a tie? Well now it’s time to try! Grab one of your Dad’s ties and dress us as The Boss Baby

The Smurfs

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Challenge: Draw your very own mysterious map of your house and garden showing all your secret hidey holes


Power Rangers

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

Challenge: Everytime that one of the Power Rangers says ‘Morph’, spin around in a circle

Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, film celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. The film focuses on Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

Challenge: Whenever a petal drops off the rose do a star jump


LEGO Batman 

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Challenge: Build your own Bat Cave using household items e.g. cardboard boxes, pillow fort


Sing is a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us and stars a phenomenal cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Seth MacFarlane. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, the story follows a koala named Buster Moon who has one final chance to restore his theatre to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Challenge: Choreograph a dance routine to one of the songs in the film

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