This is a sponsored post on behalf of Netflix All opinions are my own.
Do these questions sound familiar?: When are we going to be there? Are we there yet? When is dinner going to be ready? How much longer is this going to be? If you have kids and even if you don’t you have either heard or uttered these questions before. When kids are not occupied they can get bored easily. And boredom eventually leads to trouble of some kind. For my family it usually means one of my kids ends up bothering the other one and then I end up hearing the all too familiar elongated, “Stooooopppp” coming from the back seat of the car. Not to say that driving in the car is the only place that causes boredom for kids. In our family though it is one of the most frequent causes.
To deal with the inevitable boredom of long road trips I insist that our kids bring books, games, and other quiet toys to keep them occupied during the trip. My son usually brings his Nook Tablet, Nintendo DS, and some books. My daughter brings a doll or two, books, and an activity book. Sometimes these items do the trick for both of them. Other times they end up fighting over something and my husband and I get frustrated. It gets really difficult if we are traveling at night because then they cannot read or do their workbooks. My husband was thinking about getting one of those portable DVD players to bring in the car. I was thinking we don’t need another electronic gadget.
So when I heard one of my friends talking about streaming Netflix videos to her tablet and smart phone I got a bit excited. She told me that there was an app from Netflix, which made things easy. I looked on my sons Nook and there already was an app from Netflix on it. I also downloaded the app for my phone. It was just in the nick of time as well since we were planning a short trip up to the mountains the next weekend. The day of the trip I got together with my kids and went through some holiday movies that were available on Netflix. I figured it would be best to decide which ones they would watch ahead of time to avoid any arguments.
The first movie we all agreed on was “Mickey’s Magical Christmas” from Disney. The next one was “Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular”. This was a special that aired Thanksgiving Evening and we were really surprised that it was already available on Netflix. The third movie they picked was “DreamWorks Holiday Classics”. This featured shorts that had characters from “Shrek”, “Madagascar”, and “Dragons”. My kids and I are big fans of anything with Shrek, especially when Donkey is involved. Since this short was titled, “Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular”, it was sure to be full of laughs.
On the car ride up the Netflix movies proved to be a good source of entertainment. We agreed with kids that they would first read the book and do their workbooks for the first hour or the trip and then they would be able to watch one of the movies. My kids both agreed on the DreamWorks Holiday Classics movie first. They went right to the Shrektacular short and started watching. After a couple of minutes of hearing Donkey’s voice cracking up my kids I decided to hop over the front seat and join them in the back of the car. It was really nice to sit in between them both and enjoy a really good movie from Netflix. Who ever thought that our second living room would be in the backseat of our car? At first I could tell my husband was feeling a bit left out when he heard all of the laughing and jokes coming from the backseat. Then I figured he just enjoyed the fact that there was no fighting or yelling going on while he was driving.
Here I will suggest few
Netflix Titles to Take on the Road This Holiday Season
- Mickey’s Magical Christmas
- Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck on Christmas
- Super WHY: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular
- Dreamworks Holiday Classics
- Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales
- I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
- Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas
- Kung Fu Panda: Holiday
- Phineas and Ferb: Christmas Vacation
- Veggie Tales: A Story of Joyful Giving
And some movies for the whole family to get into a holiday spirit
- The Polar Express
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Jingle All the Way
- Little Brother, Big Trouble
- The Search for Santa Paws
- Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
My most time favorite I will recommend Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean 14 hilarious episodes! One of them is Merry Christmas Mr. Bean
Last year around this time we have watched so much of Mr. Bean that my husband decided to give me these gifts for Christmas: The Donkey collectible figurine,
Mr. Bean figurine and of course Mr. Bean’s Famous Teddy.
The Teddy is mine but both of my kids love him. I let them sleep with my Teddy one night at a time 🙂 But my daughter keeps him the most.
Overall we were very pleased with our new form of cartainment that Netflix has brought to the table, or should I say backseat. We have always been big fans of Netflix streaming at home and now we can enjoy the movies on the go as well.
I have found this Lego DIY Box.
Bring the fun on the road this holiday season with a DIY lego box. This self-contained kit is easy to transport, making it perfect for the backseat of a car or a long wait at the airport. Click here to learn how to make your own.
Disclosure This is a sponsored post on behalf of Netflix as part of my participation with the Netflix Stream Team All opinions as always are honest and my own.