By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian
Middle schoolers are back in school, and back to their highly-scheduled program. Even though they have homework, sports, music lessons, religious ed, and so many more activities through the week into the weekend, it’s important to schedule in some fun, quality time for the family. It may seem tough. Your middle schooler may be starting to enter the “everything’s embarrassing” phase, but you can find a happy medium of an activity you both like.
Believe it or not, having a middle school aged kid is a great opportunity. They’re finally old enough to do things that may have been too risky or intense when they were younger. You may finally be able to trust them with the carving tools to make a wicked pumpkin. If not, there are some really cool pumpkin decorating techniques that don’t involve a knife.
Maybe you’d like to learn a new skill together. While your middle schooler may not be up for the tandem karate class, maybe you’d both like to learn advanced, or remedial, yo-yo tricks, or maybe how to properly fly a kite.
This fall may be a great time to try that scarier haunted house, or the giant corn maze that was too difficult in the past. You know, the one with the crazy chainsaw guy at the end? It’s possible they’re more up for it than you, but you may find that your suspenseful jump into midair may make you walk a little closer the rest of the way through.
If you’re not wanting to go the scary route, try creating something together. Middle schoolers absolutely love making things. Keeping the Halloween theme, make a scarecrow or some other decorations that may put the little ones in the trick-or-treating mood. You can try upcycling some discarded magazines, or something low maintenance like painting pottery.
If you’re just tired from running around all week, why not try a family movie night instead? Here are some titles that can keep adults and kids entertained:
Zootopia is a city like no other, comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, and is a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.
Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde.
Heartbroken over the death of her beloved Westley, beautiful Buttercup finally succumbs to the advances of the wicked Prince Humperdinck. Yet, when she’s suddenly kidnapped by a motley band of deviants, what gallant hero comes to the rescue? None other than Westley–alive, well and as wonderful as ever.
But before these two can live happily ever after, they must first overcome formidable odds. Will these star-crossed lovers ever fulfill their destiny?
Song of the Sea
When Saoirse and Ben’s mother mysteriously disappears into the ocean, the two children go on an epic journey to find out the truth about her. In the process, they discover mystical secrets about both their mother and Saoirse herself.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
When Marnie was There
When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there.
The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh house again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.
A group of kids discover that a neighborhood house is actually a monster. To solve the mystery of the house they must go inside it, before it takes everyone that crosses its path.