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What's your fail safe film to entertain your DC when travelling at Christmas? Share this with Vodafone - you could win a £250 voucher NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Nov-14 13:55:00

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.

The Vodafone Digital Parenting Guide can be found here:

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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Thanks and good luck

ouryve Mon 10-Nov-14 13:59:07

If my kids were climbing over seats, in the car, we'd be on the hard shoulder, strapping them back in and threatening to go back home.

And we've never watched films in the car. We're the wrong demographic for this discussion, aren't we?! grin

meglet Mon 10-Nov-14 14:09:45

It's called a window, amazing things, free too. Constantly changing pictures and plenty to talk about.

WowOoo Mon 10-Nov-14 14:10:42

The first Harry Potter will keep both my youngest and oldest very happy.
They've watched it so many times they can say the lines!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Nov-14 14:12:01

ouryve - you could be on the train wink

nannynick Mon 10-Nov-14 14:14:03

Home Alone - xmas themed, family travel leaving a child behind, comedy and drama in one. Children wish they can be left Home Alone but in reality would it be nice?

CMOTDibbler Mon 10-Nov-14 21:02:01

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.

Keepcalmanddrinkwine Mon 10-Nov-14 21:02:56

Elf, every time. They even watch it in August.

NettleTea Mon 10-Nov-14 21:11:54

mine would fight over the choice of film, so DS would probably play on his DS, and DD would watch re-runs of Buffy, Big Bang Theory or her fav film at the moment is St trinians

TooManyCuddlies Mon 10-Nov-14 21:17:37

We don't watch films while travelling.

But if I had to choose something to keep them both entertained, it would probably be Fantasia or Cinderella.

Lovewhereilive Mon 10-Nov-14 21:21:27

Home Alone definitely, makes my 3 boys laugh so much.

unadulterateddad Mon 10-Nov-14 22:08:19

Don't watch films in the car, but if we did it would be the "prep and landing" Disney animations - nothing better to warm up for Christmas.

RedKites Mon 10-Nov-14 22:11:25

We don't watch films in the car either, but if we did, given DS1's obsession, it'd have to be the Lego Movie!

HangingInAGruffaloStance Mon 10-Nov-14 22:32:38

This hasn't come up yet buy I have the Gruffalo film and the Toy Story series for just this purpose.

LEE88 Mon 10-Nov-14 23:20:46

Shrek or Toy Story always keep my DC's happy.

meep Tue 11-Nov-14 08:34:04

Has to be Elf.....hearing the whole family shout "Saaaaaaaaantttttttaaaaaaaaaaa" makes me smile!

ScienceRocks Tue 11-Nov-14 08:35:50

We don't watch films in the car, despite doing some quite long journeys, and play games and chat instead.

However, we are doing a very long flight this Christmas and will be taking frozen, tangled and probably a Harry Potter or two to keep the DDs entertained.

Moodykat Tue 11-Nov-14 08:37:57

Arthur Christmas is our favourite Christmas film so that would be the best bet for us. Although my DCs don't watch films in the car either!

stealthsquiggle Tue 11-Nov-14 08:43:23

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.

caravanista13 Tue 11-Nov-14 08:51:20

Such a shame to be watching films. Car journeys are such a great opportunity for singing and story telling.

InMySpareTime Tue 11-Nov-14 09:03:10

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 transportshock.

Patilla Tue 11-Nov-14 09:19:24

Any scooby doo is always a hit on journeys.

May09Bump Tue 11-Nov-14 09:25:43

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.

skater42 Tue 11-Nov-14 09:48:56

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 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....

trikken Tue 11-Nov-14 09:52:25

Santa Clause the movie. Was the first Christmas film we watched together and first we watch every year. Might be quite old now but still brilliant.

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