Being Big for Kids: Big Hero 6

Being Big for Kids 2.0 (4)This is the eighth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, click here for an archive of the posts. 

There’s a great low-cost movie theatre near where I grew up, offering prices of $1.50-$3.50 per ticket for movies that came out awhile back (aka, most people have already seen them in the BIG theatres). As you will likely find out soon, my husband and I have had a difficult time figuring out activities to do with our Little in the winter, since we can’t bring him to our apartment until the end of March (rules of BBBS; more on this in another post).

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Sorry about the quality; movie theatres are dark!

Daniel, my husband, is a bit of a movie buff and is usually aware of the latest and greatest movies. Daniel suggested that I watch the trailer and think about taking our Little to see it.

Big Hero 6 is about the bond that forms between young Hiro and Baymax, a Personal Healthcare Assistant robot created by Hiro’s brother.

Seeing movies together isn’t the most encouraged of activities, but in sub-zero temperatures, I figured it would be warm. Plus, I could tell Big Hero 6 could be used as an indirect learning tool.

Firstly, it shows grief and recovery after losing a loved one, which is good for anyone, especially our Little who has experienced loss. Baymax shares what those who have experienced loss need, which might give our Little an idea of what he might need. He might also be able to share these lessons with a weekly lunch group at school that discusses loss and families.

The movies also shows really awesome things, such as robotics and the potential of young kids. As a child, the sky is the limit, and showing Ryan this movie might inspire him to learn more about science, math, and robotics.

photo 5So, on Sunday, February 22nd, Daniel, Ryan, and I headed out to see Big Hero 6. The drive to the movie theatre was about 15-20 minutes long, so we were able to chat about how things for our Little have been. He told us about what he’s learning in art and what he’s reading at school.

When we reached the theatre, we got our popcorn and headed in to watch the trailers. The movie started with an animated short film, Feast, which brought me to tears (though that happens a lot in movies).

The film itself was spectacular, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. To be honest, I wish the kid’s films of my generation were as good as this one.

Little did I know it would win Best Animated Feature Film later that night, but I think it deserved it.

At one point during the movie (and at three points, according to Daniel), Ryan leaned over and said, “I’m really happy I get to watch this movie with you two.”

All three of us were pleased with the movie, and I’m happy we got to watch it together.

Afterwards, Daniel and Ryan ran into Meijer to pick up a couple things on the way home. Daniel says, “He was excited to go in to Meijer with me. Think he just thought it was fun to do grown up stuff with me and help me get some groceries. So grocery shopping and cooking together might be something for later, to gain life skills.” Daniel also mentioned that he and Ryan talked about Minecraft after seeing a book on it.

After that pit stop, we took Ryan back home.

Overall thoughts and lessons learned:

-Watching a movie together early-on in the match can be a good idea, especially if you think you might not have a lot in common with your Big/Little; it gives you a shared experience and something to talk about.

Big Hero 6 is an amazing movie. Go watch it.

-I’m considering incorporating the movie (or the idea of heroes) into our next meeting. Not sure how it will happen, but I’m considering the idea.

Are you (or have you been) part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program? Have you watched a movie together? Which one, and how did it go?

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