Family Movie Night: Minions and Despicable Me

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The Minions are coming! The Minions are coming! Even grown-ups find it hard to resist those adorable yellow creatures. If your child has been noticing them everywhere, get ready for the new Minions movie with a viewing of the flick that introduced the world to the yellow army: Despicable Me.

There are plenty of ways to make the evening about more than just viewing the movie — do it by adding in Minon-themed activities and snacks.

minion cupcakes
Image via YouTube/ Rosanna Pansino

Minion cupcakes made from Twinkies enjoyed a popularity surge after Despicable Me was introduced. And currently, they are enjoying a well-deserved resurgence with the release of Despicable Me 2.

Follow the instructions here and get creative with the faces! To make the recipe even simpler, buy candy eyeballs and stick them on with a dot of icing for the same effect.

banana minions
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Did you know that Minions are powered by bananas? Check out these free printables and power your little ones with bananas as well. 

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minion brew
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For drinks, make a bubbly treat in a beaker and toy test tubes. Mix Sprite and popsicles or anything your child likes to create something reminiscent of an evil scientist's lair.

minion operation
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Minions love games! For fun games that also develop fine motor skills, check out Despicable Me Operation or this cute Play-Doh Makin' Mayhem Set Featuring Despicable Me Minions.

minion craft
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Check out this simple make-a-Minion craft from Fab Everyday. Only toilet paper rolls, construction paper, a black marker, and googly eyes are needed. 

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minion printables
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Minions love yellow and blue, and that means decorations are easy. Simply hang up blue and yellow streamers or balloons to make your home one that the Minions would be comfortable visiting.

For a bit more fun, print out these free Minion goggles and mouths and glue them onto yellow balloons.

minion bowling
Image via Plucky Momo

Go bowling … Minion-style. Check out these printable goggles that fit on 2-liter bottles to make adorable Minon bowling pins. This mom used spray paint to decorate her bowling pins, but if you are pressed for time or not feeling all that crafty, yellow and blue construction paper will work just fine. Use a ball you already have to knock down the pins.

minion costume
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What to wear for your at-home viewing? Keep it simple. Thrown on a yellow t-shirt and jeans or overalls if you have them and call it a day!

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Family Movie Night: Minions and Despicable Me

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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