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Here are movie ideas for children. In residential treatment or acute care settings for the holidays:

1. Movie: “The Polar Express” Summary: This animated adventure follows a young boy who embarks on a magical train journey to the North Pole, where he learns about the power of belief and the spirit of Christmas.

Values: Belief, unity, and the joy of giving.

Discussion Questions:
– What does the boy learn about the importance of belief on his journey?
– How does the story show the power of togetherness and unity?


2. Movie: “Elf” Summary: This comedy follows Buddy, a human raised at the North Pole, as he travels to New York City in search of his true identity and spreads holiday cheer along the way.

Values: Positivity, acceptance, and the magic of embracing individuality.

Discussion Questions:
– How does Buddy’s positive attitude affect those around him?
– What does the movie teach us about the importance of accepting others for who they are?


3. Movie: “Frozen” Summary: In this animated musical, two sisters navigate through challenges, discovering the true meaning of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

Values: Sisterhood, self-empowerment, and the strength of love in overcoming obstacles.

Discussion Questions:
– How does Elsa’s journey of self-acceptance resonate with the audience?
– What does the film teach us about the power of love and sacrifice?


4. Movie: “The Grinch” Summary: In this heartwarming tale, the reclusive Grinch learns the true meaning of Christmas when his heart is touched by the kindness and compassion of a young girl in Whoville.

Values: Kindness, compassion, and the ability to change for the better.

PDiscussion Questions:
– How does the Grinch’s transformation demonstrate the power of kindness and empathy?
– What message does the movie convey about the impact of small acts of compassion?


These movies not only entertain but also provide valuable lessons and messages of hope, strength, and resilience for children and teens in residential treatment programs or hospitals. Enjoy the movie nights, and may the spirit of the holidays bring warmth and joy to all!