Sleepovers are a right of passage for every child. Even though I have conflicting feelings about sleepovers I find they are a great way for kids to bond outside of school hours. That means between two kids there is usually a sleepover at our home every month, if not more often. 

Having said that I have rules around sleepovers – like everything else – and one of those rules is to have activities that the kids can all participate in and connect over. Watching a movie is at the top of this list.

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Yup, rules can be fun too.

There’s something relaxing about ending an exciting party over a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Since Netflix came into our lives I find the process of movie selection has become that much easier. And with many kids in my daughter’s circle of friends with similar taste in movies, it is easy to agree to a shortlist that the kids can choose from. 

Best of all – many of these movies are listed under the Action and Adventure section of your older child’s profile on Netflix, not the children’s section, an important criterion when you’re making movie selections for the tough tween crowd.

Fun Movie Picks for a Tween Sleepover

Since she was a little munchkin, my oldest has been into adventure stories. A taste that started with Geronimo Stilton and Magic Tree House has graduated to crime sci-fi dramas even Stranger Things. And many of her friends share that same interest.

So here are our top 5 picks for an “adventurous” tween’s sleepover party. Perfect for the 10+ crowd.

National Treasure

This historical adventure is all about modern treasure hunters who are searching for the treasure buried by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. While not entirely based on facts, the story is fast-paced and interesting and will hold on to the short attention span of the tween crowd. It’s one family movie that we can all watch together – from the 7 to the 47 year old.

Cool Runnings

Totally fastpaced and true underdog story, this sports movie is based on the Jamaican bobsled team’s appearance in the 1988 Olympic Games. The details of the plotline and the characters are made-up but the overall positive messages about sportsmanship, chasing your dreams, and believing in yourself is not. I remember watching this movie as a child in India and was glad to see it among Netflix’s kid-friendly movie selection.

The BFG

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved fantasy book, this movie is about a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and a young girl, Sophie, The movie has a dark tone, Sophie is kidnapped and intended to be eaten by the giants, and the entire story is around the giants who love to eat children. While the plot is scary it makes for a great tween movie where friendships are fostered under unlikely circumstances. 

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This is an unconventional origin movie of a superhero but not just any superhero – it’s Big Hero 6. An action-packed animation movie, it focuses on friendship and using your gifts and abilities to help others. This movie is more befitting of the tween crowd because of the prominence of grief in the storyline. Hiro, the main character’s older brother and only immediate family dies early on in the film. and Hiro spends the duration trying to reconcile with his feelings. With its eventual uplifting message and diverse characters, Big Hero 6 is another adventure story fit for the entire family.

Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl

The first volume is my favourite where one is introduced to Capt. Jack Sparrow the daring pirate who wants his ship back. At any cost. And how a poor blacksmith joins the merry gang of pirates to save the love of his life. There are some dark images in this first movie of skeletons and most of the pirates are “undead” but overall it’s a fun adventure story.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix Canada Stream Team where I receive special perks. The opinion as always is honest and all mine.