To celebrate the launch of the new Vodafone family price plan (Red+) and that this Christmas you can also enjoy a 3 month NOW TV Sky Movies with Red 4G Vodafone want to know what your fail safe film is for travelling with children!
Vodafone say "We all know those long journeys with children, especially at christmas time when they are even more excited, can feel a bit endless. These days, technology makes this a bit easier! With a 3 month NOW TV Sky Movies Pass from Vodafone, you can select a film to help pass the time for children".
Vodafone has also launched a new plan, designed specifically for families. Red+ gives you one data allowance to share and you can even cap your kids’ data so they don't go over their limit. You'll get one simple bill for all devices, saving you money compared to individual plans, and you'll also get unlimited calls and texts.
So whether your children climb over seats to catch yet another screening of Frozen, or have a secret sob to Toy Story 3, please share the film you can be quietly confident will give you some peace on the journey and keep the kids occupied.
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DS doesn't like watching films in the car - given half a chance he'll play on his tablet though. We mostly pass the time by listening to audio books in the car - Terry Pratchett quite a lot of the time.
If I had to find a film to make him absorbed, the best bet would be a Scooby Doo.
We have now, gradually, through various means and birthdays, progressed to the point where everyone has a tablet of their own. This will probably, therefore, be the first year when they might watch films on long(ish) journeys - my DM heartily disapproves and thinks they should be looking out of the window, but I remember quite how boring that was, and both DC strangely seem to be able to watch a screen where reading a book makes them feel sick.
So - to the question - if it was one film for both then probably Despicable Me (2) - otherwise Frozen or similar for DD, and whatever he had on his iPad which was newest for DS - if he was online (not in the car, as neither of them have mobile connectivity for their tablets, just wifi) then it would be back to back episodes of Only Connect [strange boy] . If they were looking for something Christmassy then probably Polar Express.
We've never had screens in the car. The children look out of the window, sing along to the car CD or radio, and I make them each a spotter list. We all look out for the oddest thing we can see from the window too. On the train, DS has a railway route atlas and uses it to follow the train's progress, pointing out small stations as we whizz through them, and landmarks as we pass them. DD tends to knit or read to pass the time. They have never been allowed to climb over the seats on any mode of transport.
Snowman, then Father Christmas and finally Snowman and the snow dog - beautiful music and lets you imagination work as no words. DS is five and hasn't yet experienced a white Christmas here (will we ever get one again?), but we have lived in NY and loved the snow there - brings back childhood memories for me too.
My lot have screens for long car journeys and will swap around between playing minecraft and watching Tom & Jerry (....still hysterical after about a gazillion viewings and the classic xmas ones are lovely). When not on screens they tend to read or we do big games of word association and eye spy or pick and spot a particular type or colour of car....one of 3 is dyslexic so eye spy doesn't always go as planned!
Also they are super keen on prodding each other, rowing with each other and nagging me for food or minute detail of how much longer til our destination and ensuring that their need to wee is never ever synchronised.
Mainly I fantasize about a plexi glass screen (like in a taxi) between the front and back of the car with an intercom system I control to give me a peaceful cocoon up front with R4 on in peace....