The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island DVD Plus Recipes & Activities #Sponsored #BoxcarChildren

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If you missed The Boxcar Children Surprise Island one day showing in theaters, you'll be excited to know that it is now available on DVD!  It is a great family-friendly film for ages 3-12 based upon the beloved children's book series.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND, the highly-anticipated movie adaption of the popular children’s book of the same name, stars Golden Globe®-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as James Alden, Oscar®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) as the mysterious Joe, Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Jesse Alden, Carter Sand (Frozen) as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham (Twilight) as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Capt. Daniel and Talitha Bateman (Love, Simon) as Violet. 

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND follows the adventures of the orphaned Boxcar Children as they spend an entire summer living on their Grandfather’s small, nearly uninhabited island. There they meet Joe, who is friendly and helpful, and inexplicably living on their island. Does their new friend have a secret?

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is fun for the whole family, and is Dove approved for all ages. It is directed by Dan Chuba and Mark DippĂ©, and is produced by Legacy Classics and co-produced by Shout! Factory, Albert Whitman & Company and Blueberry Pictures. THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is the first of three new animated features to be adapted from the “The Boxcar Children” book series, as part of a partnership between Shout! Kids and Legacy Classics.

“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. Having just marked its 75th anniversary, over 70 million books have sold world-wide. There are 150 books in the series, and over 1 million kids read the books in schools across North America every year. 

Imagine being on an uninhabited island.  No technology; no tv., no cell phone, no tablet.  What would you do?  How would you keep busy?  You meet a mysterious friend living on the island.  What secrets is he hiding? 

This film gets your kids to think about what it is like to depend on your imagination and curiosity.  My two daughters couldn't imagine living without their gadgets like the Boxcar Children.  It's hard for me as an adult to remember what it was like sometimes.  But it's good to be unplugged and rely on your creativity to find ways to entertain yourself.    Plus, who wouldn't want the opportunity to explore such a fun island?   Fishing, swimming, watching the wildlife...sounds fun right?

I can't really compare the movie to the books, since it's been a very long time since I read them and my girls have yet to start reading them.  

But the film is entertaining, and will hopefully encourage an interest in reading the books!  {And maybe even give your kids the travel bug}  

Activities To Do at Home

Check out these fun activities you can do with your kids after watching the film.

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