Family Movie Night: Brave

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Who doesn't like a good family movie night? They are a good idea all year round, from summer nights when the kids can stay up a little later than usual to cold winter evenings when everyone would rather cuddle on the couch than venture out. Movie night is always a treat, but why not make it a little more exciting by adding in some related activities and goodies.

Here are some ideas for making Disney's Brave into an at-home experience.

The focus here is on family fun and keeping things simple!

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Princess Merida's signature color is blue, so why not concoct a simple, blue drink to enjoy while watching. This Slushy Blue Tropical Punch from A Walk on the Simple Slide is yummy and refreshing.

Or, if you can relate better to the witch who turned Merida's mom into a bear, try this slightly spooky, magical Brew-Ha-Ha .

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Did someone say “bears?” In Brave, Princess Merida turns her mother into a bear. Find out how it all unfolds while enjoying some chocolate bear paw cookies with this recipe from Disney Family.

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Princess Merida has a passion for archery. Make your own bows and arrows with Popsicle sticks and skewers with this easy tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom.

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If crafting isn't your thing, you can still extend Brave's archery theme into a fun activity. Try a kid-safe archery set like this one from Lakeshore Learning. Aspiring archers/little royals will even get a math lesson when they add up their scores.

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Want to dress up but don't want to buy a Merida costume? Get as close as you can to Brave‘s Scottish look with what is already in your closet. Take out a scarf and wear it diagonally like a sash for your Brave viewing party.

Secure the scarf with a pin or simply tie a knot. You will get bonus points if your sash/scarf is a tartan print, but any old scarf will do.

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Family Movie Night: Brave

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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