A little more than a year ago, Big Daddy and I put down money on a house that we didn’t buy. At that time, though, we realized that we needed to save money for the financial mess that was pending in our future (you remember that fiasco, don’t you?. Like a lot of Americans, we knew we had to scale back and work a little harder at making our own fun. We bought $5 pizzas from LIttle Ceasar’s and started having Family Movie Night (choosing movies from our own DVD collection).
At the same time, I stumbled across a blog by a woman who was doing Family Movie Night too, but she had themes. THEMES. Desserts to go along with the movie the movie they were watching. I loved that idea, but life changed and things changed and it never got off the ground.
After Big Daddy shared with me how much money we’d spent the last few months, I knew that it was time to tighten the belt a little bit, so Family Movie Night Fridays seemed like the answer. But this time? I was bringing it!
Curious George Family Movie Night
For dinner, we basically had fondue. I made this basic cheese fondue recipe, a basic hot dog chili dip and some herbs in olive oil for bread dipping.
I cubed up bread, put out veggies and cut up some hot dogs. I gave everyone a shish kabob skewer and we pretended they were jungle spears and we dipped our way through dinner. The kids really liked this.
We also did a few rounds of who could make the best jungle animal noise.
- Littlebit was the best monkey
- Big Daddy was the best lion (even though we concluded that lions don’t live in the jungle and it was ironic because they are the kings of it.)
- The Princess was the best elephant
- I was the best bird
- Baby Bee was the best adorable small baby throwing her food to the dog.
After dinner (boy, are cupcakes an incentive to get kids to help you clean up) we made monkey cupcakes. Normally, the monkey cupcakes I’ve seen have called for Nutter Butter cookies (which are a no-no in our house due to the Princess’s peanut allergy), but we improvised…
We made yellow cupcakes and frosted them with chocolate ice cream.
We used Vanilla Wafers for the monkey’s muzzle, chocolate chips for their eyes and rolos for their ears. However, we found that the rolos were a bit heavy and the monkeys that had half vanilla wafer ears worked better and looked cuter.
Some red gel icing made monkey mouths.
The girls were super proud of their creations. They even acted like monkeys in honor of them.
We capped off our nights by eating our monkey cupcakes while watching Curious George. The movie. Not the PBS series, even though I like that too (but I liked it better with William H. Macy as the narrator, if anyone’s asking).
More Monkey Activities
Want more monkey activities for your own monkey themed movie night? Check out DLTK’s monkey crafts page, PBS Kids’ Curious George Parent-Child activity page, or for older kids, these adorable pipe cleaner monkeys.