Like a lot of people, we had something extra to celebrate this Canada Day: the first day of summer holidays! No more pencils, no more books! (Well not for a few days anyway. We do want to work on James’ reading this summer.) Friday started as all good home days do: with both kids sitting practically on top of each other at the end of the couch nearest to the TV, watching Netflix, followed by a long bike ride downtown, a stop for a shawarma, and back home to hang our flag just before it started to pour. But the rain didn’t spoil our fun, no sir! Not when there’s lego to play with, laundry to put away (fun fun fun!) and Netflix to watch. And we are more than happy to do our part to celebrate all things Canadian by watching our favourite Canadian movies, shows and stars. Here’s some of the CanCon we’re we’re tuning into this July.
I think my guys have watched every episode of The Magic School Bus two or three times. The show sees a group of students and their teacher ride a magic bus everywhere from outer space to inside the human body, learning science along the way. The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach (season 4, episode 2) is one of Lily and James’ favourite episodes, an undersea adventure where the bus turns into a submarine and the kids into mussels.
Lily calls Super Why a baby show these days (oh she can be delightful some days with her 9-going-on-13 snark) but there was a time not so long ago when she loved it and I’m sure it helped her learn to read. And I think it’ll help James too. Their favourite episode is the first one: the Princess and the Pea episode (season 1, episode 1). When Princess Pea is worried she won’t pass a Junior Princess test and win a golden crown, the Super Readers enter the fairytale “The Princess and the Pea” to learn how quick thinking helped Pea’s mother pass her own princess test.
Shrek the Third is one of those feel-good movies that makes all of us laugh every time we watch it. Swamp life is swell for Shrek and Fiona until King Herald buys the farm and Shrek becomes his successor. Not wanting to leave the swamp, Shrek enlists Donkey and Puss in Boots to help him find a suitable replacement. Like the other Shrek movies, it’s got some great one-liners. (Donkey: What in the shestershire is this place? Shrek: Well, my stomach’s aching and my palms just got sweaty. Must be a high school.)
And from Canada’s booming sexy Ryan manufacturing industry, a little treat for me one night after the kids have gone to bed: The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. A playboy and a family man are best buddies who want each other’s life — and they get the chance when they swap bodies after a night of partying. It doesn’t get the best reviews but I’ll give it a try. Sometimes a little mindless eye-candy is just the thing.
Will you stream some CanCon this month?
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