Winter Fun with M-Net Movies

11 June 2019
Five fun ideas to keep kids busy during the winter school holidays.

Winter is fast approaching. Cue wooly socks and steaming mugs of hot chocolate topped with tiny marshmallows. With winter in June, comes winter holidays. Cue children looking for something to do with all that free time. That’s where M-Net Movies comes in. Not only do we have movie festivals planned to keep young fans as obsessed with movies as we are, we thought we’d make a few more suggestions.

  1. Read

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book when it’s cold or wet (or both!) outside. Let your children snuggle up with a good book and broaden their horizons by introducing them to new worlds. Or why not read together? It’s a great bonding experience.

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Many of the titles in our Holiyays and Teen festivals are based on books, so you can explore the fantastic worlds that inspired the movies together. Bounce through the Hundred Acre Wood with Tigger, Pooh, and all their friends by picking up A.A. Milne’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh. Once you’ve read (or re-read) it, you’ll want to watch the lovingly adapted movie, Christopher Robin.

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Christopher Robin (2018)

If you want more cuddly bears, introduce them to Michael Bond’s Peruvian pal Paddington – and then watch him come to life in the 2014 adaptation.

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Paddington (2014)

There’s also an endless collection of Nancy Drew stories for budding detectives. If you’re looking more for collections, you can try the Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants series.

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Nancy Drew (2007)

If your kids are slightly older, and love science fiction and fantasy, there’s more than enough to keep them enthralled with multiple books in The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments series. There’s also Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series. And, of course, you can always head to Hogwarts with Harry Potter.

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Enders Game (2013)

  1. Bake

Starting to get cabin fever from staying indoors? Get busy in the kitchen! Why not bake biscuits inspired by their favourite movies or bake a cake to celebrate their favourite character’s birthday? Harry Potter’s birthday is 31 July, so best start planning and practicing. 

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The younger they are, the more supervision they’ll need of course. Make sure those supervisions come with constant reminders to keep a clean kitchen while working with sugar and spice and all things nice. Biscuits baking in the oven? Get them to clean up the dirty dishes and pack away the ingredients while they wait for the timer to ding. Otherwise…no biscuits!

For another fun alternative, make playdough and have them craft objects for their favourite characters. A golden snitch for Harry, a honey pot for Pooh, a banana for the minions. We even have a recipe for you here.

  1. Go Outside

Of course, thanks to our mild winters, children can still play outdoors. Even if you live in the Cape, you’ll get more than enough sunshine in between the rain (should there even be any rain, these days!). There’s an endless amount of games to keep them busy outside. Teach them the classics from your childhood, like tag or Simon Says. Stick to the movie theme by changing it up to Hermione Says or Eeyore Says. Hula hoops, skipping ropes, and chalk will keep them busy for hours. You can even challenge them to create their own games.

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  1. Use Your Imagination

Why let the adventure stop after Voldemort has been defeated? Or Nancy drew has solved another mystery? Or Pooh finds a pot of honey? Let your children write the next chapter in the stories they love so much. They can write a short book or even a script, and perform their creation for you once they’ve completed their masterpiece. Encourage them to put together their own costumes and props, even if it’s just using a crooked stick for a wand.

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  1. Watch Movies

Let’s not forget our prime obsession: movies! We’ve got plenty to keep the young, the old, and the adult entertained. M-Net Movies Holiyays runs from 17 to 30 June and you can find your favourites (sorry, your children’s favourites) on M-Net Movies Premiere 104, Smile 105, All Stars 111, and Zone 139. Take a peek below:

For the YA crowd, M-Net Movies All Stars is hosting a Teen Fest from 17 to 27 June filled with young love, drama, and action. Check it out!

How do your kids stay busy during the holidays? Share your suggestions with us on social media using #MNetMoviesHoliyays.