Green Family Movie Night

Green kids — By on November 16, 2008 at 9:00 am
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Nim's Island: A perfect choice for your first Green Family Movie Night!

My girls are more than enthusiastic when it comes to caring for our planet. They actively recycle, (my oldest watches over everyone to be sure they are doing what they should) and they get excited when they spot solar panels on traffic signs or charging the small info stations at the local zoo.

The movie Nim’s Island brought similar excitement home to our family room. We purchased the DVD for the promise of funny animals and adventure and discovered it to be a perfect film for a green family movie night!

Never hosted a green family movie night? Neither had I until this movie came along! Family nights are important for so many reasons. Basing your family night activities around caring for the planet adds a whole new layer to the fun and has many possibilities regardless of your children’s age.

My daughter screamed at the TV when she spotted wind turbines and solar panels in the movie Nim’s Island. Yeah, we get just a little excited over these things at out our house, but the movie brought up a lot of questions for my young daughter. We were amazed when 11-year-old Nim repaired their solar panels after a storm and how Nim’s dad used a wind turbine on his boat to power up his laptop! It’s a great way for kids to see solar power and wind energy in use and all around great entertainment!

The movie just might inspire a few green conversations or explore renewable energy concepts in depth with your kids.

Staring Jodi Foster, Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin.  Here’s the trailer from Nim’s Island:

What else can you watch on Green Family Movie Night? Well, movies like Nim’s Island are not crowding the shelves at Blockbuster. We watch some wildlife movies and documentaries on Animal Planet or Discovery (make sure they are non-violent if your children are young) or play a green game, read a book that teaches children to treasure nature and their relationship to it. Work on a renewable energy project together. Green Family Movie Night can also be simply “Green Family Night!”

Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Please share them in the comments section so we can all appreciate and enjoy!

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  1. Wendy Orr says:

    I’m so glad that Nim’s excited some ‘green-thinking’ kids! Congratulations on your efforts to raise environmentally aware young people – let’s hope they can inspire more kids in their turn…

    Wendy Orr
    (Author, Nim’s Island)

  2. Amy says:

    Hi Wendy! I am so thrilled that you stopped by and commented! Nim’s Island is a wonderful story for so many different reasons. It’s a favorite in our house. :)
    I can’t wait to get to the library and check out some more of your children’s books!
    Thanks Again,

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