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The kids are out of school and summer break has officially started.
Summer gets busy quickly for us with travel, trips to the pool, baseball games, and playing with friends. We love doing family move nights at the end of a busy day in the summer. It’s a great way for all of us to come together, relax, and connect as a family. We pick a movie that everyone likes, make fun themed snacks, and/or plan a fun activity or craft to go with the movie.
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Walmart Family Mobile is making family movie night super affordable for us this summer. We have needed another phone for our family for awhile and finally signed up for Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan. We were super excited to find out that the plan comes with a free movie on VUDU (a $7 value) every month per line.
The Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan also has Unlimited Talk & Text and 10GB of 4G LTE Data for only $49.88.
We bought the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime for $79.92, which was on Rollback from $99.92 and the starter kit for just $19.98 (Rollback from $25). Since Family Mobile bills you later, you only have to pay $19.88 (plus the cost of the phone) when you sign up.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to Walmart Family Mobile or your local Walmart for current pricing
To get our summer movie tradition started, we’ve put together our top 5 family movies we look forward to watching this summer. You can find a listing of the movies by signing up for a free account at VUDU.
1. Kung Fu Panda 3
The kids have loved all the Kung Fu Panda movies. The kids and I saw saw Kung Fu Panda 3 in the theater and have been anxiously been waiting to watch it again at home with Daddy.
2. The Good Dinosaur
The kids saw this in the theater with their Dad. I missed it, so I’m looking forward to seeing it with them this summer. Play Dough and Popsicles has some great snacks and a fun game we look forward to trying with this movie.
3. Norm of the North
We made a paper polar bear craft inspired by this movie, but we missed this in the theater and are glad we can watch it using our free VUDU movie this summer.
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
The kids thought this movie was hilarious and are looking forward to seeing it again this summer.
5. The Peanuts Movie
This is another one that the kids and I saw at the theater, but Daddy missed it and is looking forward to seeing it with us this summer. We have a paper plateCharlie Brown craft to go with this movie.
The kids were anxious to get started on our summertime movie tradition (no surprise there). Since we had our free movie on VUDU through Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan, we let them choose a movie this last weekend. It was super easy to stream the movie and watch it on our TV.
The kids choose Kung Fu Panda 3 and I put together a really simple and fun panda craft and activity to go with the movie.
Paper Plate Kung Fu Panda Masks
Getting started with the panda craft you will need to gather these supplies:
- Paper plate
- Black paper (construction, cardstock, or foarm all work)
- Black marker
- Tape or glue
- Craft Stick
Directions for panda craft:
1. Cut two eyes from the paper plate and outline them with black marker.
2. Cut a nose and two ears from the black paper. Attach the nose to the front of the paper plate just below the eyes. Attach the ears to the back of the paper plate, so that they stick out over the top.
3. Use the black marker to draw a mouth.
4. Attach a craft stick to the back of each paper plate panda bear so that it sticks out the bottom and the kids have something to hold on to.
Kung Fu Panda Paw Print Games
To get started on Kung Fu Panda Paw Print Games, you will need to print the paw prints, cut them out and glue the onto paper plates. We did the games on our driveway.
For the first game we used the paw prints to play Simon Says. Some of the commands we used were put your right foot on the paw print, jump over paw print, touch the paw print, and sit on the paw print.
This game is played like musical chairs, just trade the chair for paw prints. Place one less paw prints than you have kids in a circle or line and the kids must walk about them while the music is playing. Once the music stops, the kids rush to stand on a paw print. The child that does not get a paw print is out. Play continues until only one person is left.
We used our new phone to snap pictures and videos of the kids doing the activities and crafts. The grandparents love to receive these pictures and videos through text and email. It helps them stay connected to the kids in between their visits. With 10GB of data, we have more than enough to keep the two generations connected.
We travel a lot during the summer. I love that we can continue our summer movie night traditions regardless of where we may be whether at grandma’s house, a hotel, or the lake.
What movies are on your must see list this summer?