“The One & Only Ivan” Family Movie Night!

August 2, 2020

My family and I read “The One & Only Ivan” back in April as our nightly read aloud. I actually put a copy in Liam’s Easter basket. It was a family favorite read aloud, and we couldn’t pre-order our copy of “The One And Only Bob” fast enough. Needless to say, we’ve been really looking forward to watching this movie in theaters, but this pandemic had other plans. I do feel blessed it’ll be on Disney+, because I don’t think it would be in our budget at this point to see it at a theater. I am so sad for the talented creators and cast that brought this book (that’s based on a true story, btw) to life. We laughed so hard while we worked our way through this book, but I cried at the end. It was a beautiful story of friendship. The film is coming out on August 21, 2020 exclusively on Disney+ so be sure to plan your weekly family movie night around this one.

Read the book as a family. Pro tip- You can listen to it on Audible while building LEGOs, too.

make a big jumbo giant movie night snack tray with the following items:
meatballs or “me balls.”
bread and cheese
strawberries and blueberries salad
trader joe’s bampa peanuts
sugar snap peas
yogurt covered raisins

For dessert: I thought banana pudding could be a fun treat that ties in well with the theme.

Even if you don’t get around to reading the book, be sure to check this one out for incredible story and the impeccable cast. What a special treat (and yet ANOTHER reason to be grateful for Disney+)

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