If your family is skipping the Academy Awards, consider a home movie night with a celebratory theme. Oscar winners or not, there are plenty of stories we love to watch and ways to make an event out of the evening.
This film personifies emotions: joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness. Each of these feelings has a presence at the control center of Riley, the 11-year-old girl at the center of the story. And kids are naturally drawn to another form of animated feelings -- emojis! Decorate for your "Inside Out" screening with emoji stickers, pillows, or draw your own. It’s also a terrific opportunity to talk about what makes kids happy, sad and frustrated too.
Wizard of Oz
Make it a party full of rainbows. Create an arch of balloons or serve a selection of rainbow-colored foods, either a rainbow of cut fruits or a cake with rainbow colored frosting. Draw a yellow brick road on the sidewalk leading up to your door, or cut yellow construction paper to make a road, brick by brick, throughout the house.
Considering the Oscars are held in February, cold is where it’s at during Academy Award season. Build snow forts and then, when you come in to warm up, have the kids stack marshmallows to make their own Olaf while you heat up some hot cocoa. Screen the film with your cup of hot chocolate in hand.
The Lego Movie
Taco Tuesday is a centerpiece of "The Lego Movie." Why not take advantage of that, and have a taco party during your viewing? Create a taco bar in your dining room where everyone can add whatever toppings they would like. Or do your own take on a Tex-Mex meal, and have everyone pitch in to make a big plate of nachos.
Here you have several movie options: "The Muppets," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "Muppets Most Wanted," and more. Whichever film you choose, make some Muppet puppets to share the evening. Using a paper bag or a large piece of stiff paper, plan your character. You’ll likely need paint and red or pink construction paper to add a mouth. Eyes can be made by cutting a foam ball in half or using pieces of felt.
Whether you decide to watch the live-action version of "Cinderella" (which was nominated for best costume design) or the animated 1950 version, there is always room for fancy outfits when watching "Cinderella." For added fun, have everyone make their own. A creative day of assembling a dress can be crowned with an evening watching the film.
Before or after the screening, have kids design a method to booby-trap their home from burglars. Creative thinking is encouraged, but maybe avoid the tar on the stairs and heated doorknobs!