15 Classic movies that you must show your kids!

Classic movies to show your kids
Old movies to show your kids

While some great movies are being created nowadays, we forget just how many classic movies from our youth are worth sharing with your kids.

Sure, they weren’t made with fancy High Definition surround sound etc, but I guarantee that some of these movies which you MUST show your kids will have them wanting more!

How far back are we talking here?

I draw the line at Black and White movies, that’s going too far back. I feel that most of the best classic movies are from the 1980s and ’90s. Tired of the blank stares from the kids when quoting some of the many lines from the classic movies from our day, it was time to start educating! Bueller…Bueller…anyone..??

So here they are –

Best classic movies for the young ones (6+)

1

Mary Poppins (1964)

While they recreated the original Mary Poppins movie in 2018, the original from 1964 is timeless. Some catchy songs, plus the longest word most of us know!

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

2

Superman (1978)

Every kid has heard of Superman, but how many have watched the original movie? Starting as a comic character in 1938, Superman moved onto the screen from the ’50s, with the original movie created in 1978 with a budget of $55m (the most expensive movie ever made at the time).

Whilst slightly cringe-worthy in production value, it’s a great introduction of where Superheros (and kryptonite!) originates from. 

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!

3

Home Alone (1990)

A timeless classic from 1990 starring Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone is a classic movie for kids. Based on the story of a young boy accidentally left at home while his family goes on holidays, turns into an amusing series of pranks as Kevin protects his house.

Kevin!!!!

4

Bean (1997)

I challenge anyone to watch this movie and not laugh! With a face made of rubber, the adventures of Mr Bean are timeless.

Created by Rowan Atkinson originally as a TV show between 1990-95, the movie version was a hit when released in 1997. 

Teddy...

5

Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

An eccentric inventor creates a laser that shrinks objects. While at work the machine accidentally shrinks both his and his neighbours kids, throwing them out into the yard with the trash. 

It’s a light hearted, fun movie with a few scary insects, but with supervision is suitable for kids of all ages.

Honey, I shrunk the kids!

For the older kids (10+) or with parental supervision

6

Johnny English (2003)

Sticking with Rowan Atkinson, Johnny English a favourite in our house. A spy-based movie combining the comedic genius of Atkinson with a parody of the James Bond type British gentleman spy, this movie will have the kids in stitches!

There are three movies in the series and all of them are great, surprisingly.

Poppycock!

7

Back to the Future Part I, II & III (1985-90)

Three of the best movies ever made. Period. Some epic adventures with Marty McFly and the eccentric scientist ‘Doc’ Brown in their DeLorean time machine. 

NOBODY calls me Chicken!!

8

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

You may need an interpreter to understand all of the ‘Australian’ in this one, but it’s a classic. A story about an outback Crocodile hunter Mick Dundee. 

There are a few parts which aren’t suitable for the younger ones, however, with some parental supervision it’s fine. Don’t turn it off half way through as the second half when they travel to NYC is better.

There are two Crocodile Dundee sequels, however, they weren’t as popular as the original.

That's not a knife, THIS is a knife!

9

Star Wars (1977-2019)

Consisting of 9 films over 42 years, the Star Wars series is huge. A childs education is not complete until they have watched at least a few of these! Featuring characters such as Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker, plus the adorable robots RT-D2 and C-3PO

Start with the original George Lucas film made in 1977, then progress from there if the kids enjoy it.

May the Force be with you...

10

The Karate Kid (1984)

Classic ’80s martial arts film about a young teen who gets beaten up so decides to learn how to fight. Studying under a Japanese teacher (Mr Miyagi) who speaks broken English, there are some valuable life lessons to be taken from this film.

Not suitable for the little kids as there’s quite a bit of fighting, however, the teens will love it. In 2010 there was a remake staring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith which is also worth a watch and more suited to the younger kids.

Wax on, wax off

11

Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986)

Who hasn’t heard of the Bueller quote? This movie is comedy gold. Based around teenager Ferris Bueller who take a day off school to hang out with his mates and girlfriend, while the school Dean tries to track him down. 

Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?...Anyone??

12

Top Gun (1986)

By far the best soundtrack of any movie to this day. Made all the better by great home surround sound systems, so crank it up! Top Gun is a cult movie which has aged well.

Not suitable for the young ones though as there is some bad language, sex scenes plus the death of a main character. 

I feel the need, the need for speed

13

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Austin Powers is a rockin’ British spy from the ’60s, cryogenically frozen and then thawed in the ’90s to fight his arch-rival Dr Evil. Unique in that so many of the characters are played by the same actor – Mike Myers.

Has a funky soundtrack, and even the sequels are worth watching! A must-see for teenagers and above, the number of quotes from this one is almost unlimited.

...one million dollars!

14

E.T. the Extra-Terrestial (1982)

Another classic Steven Spielberg movie from the ’80s. Tells the story of a boy who befriends an alien that is stuck on Earth. 

Quite a touching story with a few sad bits. Suitable for all ages, with supervision for the young ones.

E.T phone home

15

Big (1988)

About a 12-year-old boy who wishes he was big. Overnight his wish comes true, and he turns into an adult. I remember watching this movie as a child thinking that was exactly how adult life could be, just had to get a job in a toy shop!

While the toys have evolved, the concept remains awesome! 

I wish I was big...I wish I was big...

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Games to Play with LEGO – How to make something out of nothing!

Lego games Hong Kong
Lego games Hong Kong

Games to play with LEGO

Are the kids bored? Sick of playing the same games? Bring out the Lego!

Lego games are a great way to entertain the family on rainy, polluted, or steaming hot days in Hong Kong. You can let the kids loose on the Lego pile and see what their little minds create. Check out some of our great Lego game ideas below.

Create a Lego Marble Maze

Starting with a Lego baseplate, firstly build a wall around the perimeter leaving a gap at the top and bottom. Following that, create your maze inside, providing enough space for the marble to move through. Who can create the trickiest maze? Start your stopwatch and see who can roll the marble from top to bottom through the maze quickest.

Lego Marble Maze

Make a Lego Shadow Theatre

Starting with a Lego baseplate, firstly build two frames next to each other. Be sure to leave a gap in between, as that’s where the paper screen will slot.

Measure and sut a piece of white paper to fit the screen frame size. Then add the top to close it up.

Following that, build the stage at the back. You’ll then need a bright torch to shine through the page from behind the screen.

Create your props and let the show begin!

Lego build off

Lego building competitionWhat kids aren’t up for a bit of competition? This challenge involves setting them up with identical piles of Lego, a theme and off they go. A couple of theme ideas –

• Coolest car
• Tallest tower
• Stongest box

May the best creator win! 

Widest Bridge Challenge

Who says Lego cant be educational? Let your little ones use their brains to create the widest bridge they can. Set the rules to increase the challenge. How about – 

• Tall enough to fit a boat underneath
• Must stand on its own
• Strong enough to hold some weight in the middle without collapsing

 There are quite a few different strategies for this one. May the best creation win!

Lego Bridge

Create a LEGO Bomb!

This has to be one of the craziest LEGO games out there. It takes plenty of work to prepare, but trust me, its all worth it for the 10 seconds of awesomeness!

So the intent of this game is to build a big ball of LEGO filled with small pieces. After that, once you’ve finished your masterpiece you will drop it onto the ground from height. Yes, you’re going to SMASH it! To the eye it may be a disappointment, but should you set up the camera right, on slow-motion, you’ll be wanting to share the video clip with all your LEGO loving friends.

For best results you want the outer ball to be strong enough to hold the mass of LEGO inside, but not too strong that it doesn’t explode on impact.

I cannot stress enough however that you only get one go to get this right. So firstly, take extra time to prepare the area, ideally with something to contain the spread like some boxes. Because trust me, LEGO will go everywhere! Secondly, get the camera settings and location spot on. Do a couple of tests by dropping a ball to ensure you get the actual impact with the ground on slow-motion. More than one camera is a good idea!

Where to buy LEGO in Hong Kong

Several stores in Hong Kong sell Lego. On Hk Island, there is Brickshop located in Causeway Bay or Repulse Bay. On Kowloon side, you will find the Legoland Discovery Centre

Sham Shui Po Map for cheap LEGO Alternative

There is a cheaper alternative, however. Head to the Sham Shui Po Toy Market. Take MTR exit via B2 and continue one block over to Fuk Wing Street. There you’ll find plenty of toy shops selling China branded Lego alternatives. While I was hesitant to buy at first, it’s pretty reasonable stuff, integrating fine with the existing original Lego.  

I picked up this McDonalds restaurant set built with 1729 pieces, including lights for $350hkd.

lego build Hong Kong

For more details on where you can find cheap LEGO alternatives, have a look here

A Clever way to store your Lego

I found a great idea for how to easily tidy up and store the kids Lego. Hand made in Hong Kong, these Lego Play Mats from Cheeky Bags are reversible and come in a range of different fabrics. They’re filled with soft padding so the kids can comfortably sit on it on a hard floor. Best of all, when it’s time to tidy up, simply pull the strings and hang it behind a door – easy!

Priced at $325hkd I feel that’s reasonable considering you can choose the fabric style and have it made to order.

Looking for the best Lego sets? Here is a great site that reviews sets by age group.

When the kids are ready for the next adventure, check out more of our Rainy Day Activities.