At the beginning of CMS’s third “snow day” last week, I sat sipping coffee thinking about what my daughter and I were going to do that day. I flipped on The Today Show and they were doing a segment on snow day crafts. The featured craft specialist demonstrated how to make a mini foosball table out of a shoebox, some straws and a couple dabs of glitter.
I watched with a combination of interest and bewilderment. See, I’m not crafty. Not even a little bit. There was the exact same chance of me performing successful open heart surgery as there was me fashioning a foosball table out of an old Nike box.
Crafts were out. Crafts are always out. Considering we had played all the games and baked all the cookies the first snow day and spent all the money on the second snow day, what were going to do on the third?
I spent most of my snow days with my beloved grandmother so when The Today Show offered no help, I thought, “What would Gran would have done?” That was easy. She would have served me a bowl of Sugar Smacks with a lit a Lucky Strike resting casually between her fingers, poured a cup of oil-thick coffee and told me to go check out what was on the HBO.
Gran didn’t craft. Gran didn’t cook. And, Gran certainly didn't fret about what I was going to do on a snow day - that’s why she paid for the HBO.
So on that third snow day, I decided to be like Gran and not worry about entertaining my child with crafts that would make me cry. I decided that we continue my daughter’s education in cinema.
I'm taking it back to the old school (cause I'm an old fool)
Here is my list of the first five throwbacks to introduce your kids to when you just can’t craft anymore (my six year old has seen all of these)!
1 - The Goonies
Run Time: 1 hour 54 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%
Why kids should watch: Uhh, because Goonies never say die and it’s one of the greatest movies of all time. If you need more than that, The Goonies teaches about the power of loyalty, friendship and family.
Why parents should watch out: Cursing. Lots and lots of f*&%$#@ cursing.
2 - E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Run Time: 2 hours 1 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
Why kids should watch: It’s a love story for all ages. And, your kids need to understand what you mean when you use a raspy, stilted voice to say, “E.T. phone home.”
Why parents should watch out: The feels. So many feels. Also, it is pretty intense when the FBI and scientists invade Elliot’s house. Be prepared for your kids will scoff at the special effects.
3 - Big
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Why kids should watch: Is there a parent alive who hasn’t had a kid who has wished to be big? This will let them know that it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.
Why parents should watch out: There is an intimate scene between Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins. It isn’t intense, but there could be some questions.
4 - Beetlejuice
Run Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
Why kids should watch: Daaaayyy-O. Daylight come and me wanna go home. The dinner party show alone is worth watching this movie. However, it is also funny and sweet and ridiculous all wrapped into one.
Why parents should watch out: Beetlejuice is kind of a jerk at times and a couple of scenes still make me jump.
5 - Rocky
Run Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Why kids should watch: Yo Adrienne! It is one of, if not the best, underdog stories of all time. It teaches kids that with a surly Irishmen and a shy pet-store employee in their corner they can accomplish anything.
Why parents should watch out: Although there are no explicit sex scenes, this is definitely the most grown up of all the movies. Also, some of the fight scenes are pretty intense.