Childish Films is one of my favorite ongoing family activities in the Twin Cities. It can get a little crowded and the overflow room is NOT as much fun as Pohlad Hall. Family activities tend to be scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. I have to assume this is a great time for most families — not mine. The addition of aiming to get their early so we can get good seats makes this a much less frequent activity for my family than I would like, but when we do get there it is a fun, relaxed outing. Afterwards, we can hang out in the children’s section, explore downtown or just hop a bus home.
Another reason to get there early — besides the good seats — is cookies!! You and your child can decorate cookies with Whole Foods before the show. Whole Foods also provides snacks.
This month’s show is The Gruffalo’s Child — a sequel to the Gruffalo — both based on books by Julia Donaldson. Commonsense Media gives this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommends it for age 2 and up (with slight reservations on scariness for the very young and consumerism). You can read the full review HERE.
Since we haven’t seen either of these films, I was hoping to catch the first one on Netflix before Saturday. It’s not available. However, you can find portions of it on YouTube along with a reading of the book. Plus you can see the trailer for The Gruffalo’s child. See below.
Childish Films @ the Library is a free program of children’s cinema and arts for all ages. Each screening features a pre-show activity, an educational introduction, and complimentary healthy snacks. Admission is free with open seating to the public. Most films are best enjoyed by ages 3 and older, but children and people of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have specific questions about the content of a particular film, please e-mail our curators. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 612.543.8107 for more information.
Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com