And relax…. is that how the winter weekends feel in your home?
I can definitely see evidence of the post-festivities shift of pace in our house; we’re all still busy, but we’re not trying to squeeze a million things into one day. While I do love the hectic, full-on social whirlwind that is December, and the catch up that is January, by February we’re all more than ready for a week of slower-paced family life.
Throughout January we had a good old tidy-up which really set us up for tackling busy days, not to mention unearthing lots of forgotten treasures! So in our house, February is a time for keeping the calendar relatively clear and making the most of laid-back family time together.
My extended family are clearly thinking along the same lines this year, as we’ve just spent a remarkably easy-to-schedule weekend day together at my house. It was one of those gatherings that had nothing to do with a specific occasion like a birthday or holiday, which meant we could go with the flow and simply have fun hanging out together. And having DisneyLife ready and waiting across all our devices was a huge help in keeping everyone entertained.
DisneyLife lets you watch a huge selection of Disney movies and TV shows suitable for children, listen to music and read books via your mobile and tablet (iOS and Android) or smart TV (you can see the full range of compatible devices here). It costs £4.99 a month, and it’s well worth signing up for the free 7 day trial to see just how much content is on there.
Its first use wasn’t long after Miss J got up; she’s a huge fan of Brave, and it was no surprise that she climbed straight into her Merida dress and asked to watch Brave on the family iPad.
Miss J has already seen the movie so many times she now generally likes to skip to her favourite scenes and replay them (she’ll never know the pains of having to fast forward and rewind a VHS!).
And then, of course, it was on to Frozen. While Miss J was on her second play through of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”, my mum arrived, so Miss J paused Frozen for a little while to say hello with the rest of the family, and show off her dress, then about 15 minutes later she was snuggled up with her Grandma on the sofa for half an hour finishing up Frozen. They looked so cute!
My younger brother turned up about an hour later, and after hellos and cuddles JD dragged him off to show him his latest Minecraft creation.
Later on in the afternoon after several hours playing with building bricks, they would both end up on my laptop for over half an hour watching the Special Features of classic Disney movies.
It was actually my brother who first spotted the videos under the main features, and I think he only meant to watch one short one, but he loves behind the scenes clips, deleted scenes and so on, so he was hooked! As JD will take an interest in anything my brother does, he started watching with him and they really got into them together, enjoying telling us about how Frozen might have differed if the makers had gone down the original path of making Elsa much more of a villain.
The Special Features are generally under ten minutes, but some are over half an hour and are more like mini, kid-safe documentaries. For older children and adults, it can be really fascinating, and I think these kinds of insights into how things like films are created can help children realise that so many of the things that they love are made by someone, somewhere, and that maybe ‘I could do that too one day’.
When my sister, older brother and his two boys arrived it was almost lunchtime, so we all enjoyed a noisy, fun meal together before heading outdoors to get some fresh air. We hadn’t planned a specific outing, so we kept things simple and headed to the local park. It was lovely to watch the cousins all tearing around letting off steam; obviously there was plenty of Brave re-enactment going on too!
When the energy levels and the temperature began to drop, we headed home and cosied-up in the lounge for a good old family movie. I located the shortlist of films and shows the kids had made earlier that week, and then I loaded DisneyLife up on our smart TV so we could make our choice!
We settled on WALL-E (my mum’s favourite Disney movie), and one my brother’s kids hadn’t seen before. It was really nice to play something the kids knew and I think the parents appreciated the chance to sit back with a cuppa and take it easy.
All in all a successful day, and one made a little easier with DisneyLife. My brother and his wife were both impressed enough with the selection of content that I decided to sign them up for the service as a little present. If you’d like to do the same you can do so here.
Will you be using DisneyLife to inspire your family fun this year?
I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife membership.