When I found myself only 24 hours before "wheels up" on our epic 3,500 mile family road trip, I had to really get it in gear to pack the car and get ready to roll out for our "51-hours-in-the-minivan" adventure.
One of the best parts of preparing for the trip is when my girls pack up their summer readers, books on tape, travel journals, power up the old DVD player and make their movie selections for the road.
Since we will be in the car for long jaunts, we’ve decided to try and set aside a reserved time for a “Minivan Matinee” to make watching the movie more of a special treat and help break up the ride. What better way to enjoy a Minivan Matinee than to watch a few movie classics about actually going on a road trip?
Although there a lot of entertaining and hilarious road trip movies out there, not all of them may be suitable for younger audiences. So, I’ve divided up the list to include some of our family-fun favorites for kids of all ages, as well as a few of my “Mommy-Friendly” picks.
Family-Friendly Road Trip Movie Picks:
“Wizard of Oz,” “The Muppet Movie,” “Are We There Yet?”, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “College Road Trip,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Lord of the Rings Trilogy.”
Mommy-Friendly Road Trip Movie Picks:
“Thelma & Louise,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” “The Bucket List,” “Wild Hogs,” “Rain Man,” “The Way,” “The Guilt Trip,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “National Lampoon’s Family Vacation.”
Now it's time to break out the DVD player, grab the juice boxes and pass the popcorn bag for a great time watching Minivan Matinees in "Mommyvision."
Carla Meadows is a Oklahoma City native, wife and mother of two tweens and a loveable Golden Retriever who blogs about building intentional family moments through the wonders of travel at home and across the U.S. Contact her at email@example.com.
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