Is there nothing cuter than a singing kid? Imagine my surprise when Evan brought home a note from his music teacher suggesting he try out for a local children’s choir.
My first thoughts were…
My kid can sing? Yay!
followed quickly by
Wait. I’ve HEARD him sing. He’s not really children’s choir material.
It’s true. While his little boy voice sounds so sweet, the child cannot carry a tune, at least as far as I can tell. But nothing brings my heart more happiness than to hear him sing anyway.
The other day in the car, he asked if he could sing me all the verses of Yankee Doodle. Admittedly, I only knew the main verse and was super impressed by the kid who hates to draw attention to himself in the form of performing.
We seized the moment and actually learned what the heck that song is all about (and why he stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni).
As summer comes and I’m
panicking thinking about ways to keep him engaged while I while away the hours on my keyboard, I consulted with Netflix. As part of the Stream Team, they send me monthly viewing ideas and imagine my delight when this month was MUSICALS!!
We’re hit or miss when it comes to musicals. Sometimes they even annoy me. I took a chance a few months ago when my husband was out of town and put on Grease, one of my all-time favorite musicals (in fact, I think I know every single word to the movie, including the songs). I expected Evan to grow bored and absolutely hate it. Guess what? He LOVED it and still talks about it. (Note: there are a few mature themes I forgot about but luckily they went right over his head.)
So if you reach the point this summer where you just can’t take another viewing of Frozen (personally, I’ve reached my limit), then here are a few ideas for you and the kids available through Netflix streaming that hopefully won’t drive you out of your mind.
(Also fun for a family movie night with popcorn!)
12 Musical Titles Available on Netflix
For your big kids:
- Shrek the Musical
- High School Musical
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- The Phantom of the Opera
- Camp Rock
And your little ones:
- The Prince of Egypt
- Leap Frog: Numberland