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One of the highlights of the entire year for me happened during the Thanksgiving holiday, when we took Darah to the movies for the first time. We picked Disney’s FROZEN as her introduction to the big screen. It was an incredible choice; if you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth the trip (and the ticket price!) My tip to make for an affordable outing: go to the late matinee (4pm or so), and then you’ll be out just in time for dinner. Swing by your nearest Walmart with a Subway inside, as there you will find FROZEN-themed Fresh Fit for Kids meals. The Walmart Subway locations are the only destination where you will find the adorable Olaf key chains as part of the meal. You’ll also snag a FROZEN-themed reusable bag, now through January 6th.
Darah’s best friend happened to be on a Disney cruise the same week we went to the movies, and she actually got to watch FROZEN on the ship! The girls missed each other after several days apart, and asked for a play date once they were back in the same city. I thought it would be fun to do something extra special and surprise the girls with FROZEN merchandise that I found at Walmart.
I went shopping just 48 hours after Black Friday, and once I arrived at the store, I realized that wasn’t the smartest move. Much of the FROZEN stuff was cleared off the shelves from the shopping frenzy that had occurred a few days before. I actually went to two different Walmart locations (my city has four, so it wasn’t a big deal to do so) and between the two stores, I was able to find some really fun stuff for the girls!
I bought an Olaf toy for each of the girls (he is my favorite, so he was a “must get!” on my shopping list!), and they each got a costume (one Elsa, one Anna). Additionally, I purchased a busy book that contained a mat with scenes from the movie, as well as miniature FROZEN characters.
Our guests brought fun treats from a chocolate shop down the street: frozen hot chocolates! Yummy! Here’s a recipe for something very similar if you like the sound of it!
Darah’s friend wasn’t quite ready to put on the Anna costume, but my little dress-up fanatic couldn’t wait to put on the Elsa costume and to start practicing her freezing techniques. Both girls totally loved getting to pretend that they were sisters, and that was just such a sweet thing to watch!
Olaf joined in on the fun outside, and he served as the inspiration
Darah Elsa needed to bring on the snow! Soon both girls were racing around the yard “freezing” things.
If wearing one dress is fun, then wearing two dresses is better! Since her friend wasn’t quite ready to play dress up, Darah decided to model the Anna dress for us, as well. If you haven’t seen the movie (don’t worry…no plot spoilers here), Elsa and Anna are sisters, and like most siblings, they have very different personalities. Elsa also happens to have a special gift (or is it a curse?) where she can create snow and ice in an instant. The costumes available at Walmart are modeled after what the sisters each wear for the majority of the movie. If you are looking for them, you might need to dig around to the back of the costume pile at Walmart, as that’s where I found them! The costumes are both sized to accommodate a bit of a range (I’d say 3-5T), though I noticed that the Anna dressed seemed a bit bigger on Darah than the Elsa dress.
After drinking the frozen hot chocolate and “playing in the snow” outside, it was time to come in and warm up. While the older girls played with the miniature figures, Layah got acquainted with the Olaf toy. Just like in the movie, this Olaf plush is, shall we say, “arrangeable.” His body pieces are attached by a string, and so they can be pulled apart without the risk of them being lost (LOVE that feature!).
We ended the playdate with both girls deciding to be in full costume, plus the addition of fairy wings, crowns and wands. I thought their chosen embellishments were fantastic! These “sisters” can be whatever their hearts desire, and they can do anything they set their imaginations to, including making it snow inside, which of course, they did! 🙂
FROZEN the movie is a cinematic treat, and the Disney toys and costumes we played with after watching the film have added countless hours of laughter and fun to our home, and they have certainly given two best friends a reason to think of each other as sisters.
Your Turn to Win!
If you are also a fan of FROZEN, or if it is on your list of things to watch this holiday season, be sure to join us for the #FrozenFun Twitter Party this Friday, 12/20 at 1pm ET. RSVP here and get ready to try for $1250 in prizes!