I participated in an In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel. I received product samples to facilitate my party and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
My daughter is going on 9 years old, and though some of her friends have decided they’ve outgrown Barbies, she definitely has not. When we go to the library the kids always look for Barbie movies. I buy them for her for her stocking at Christmas, and birthdays aren’t too hard because we know a Barbie will definitely be a gift she’d flip for. My boys even like the Barbie movies (though they’d deny it if suggested in front of their friends), and it’s not uncommon that they’ll “find” a Barbie movie “for their sister” and insist we get it. Honestly, though, even I enjoy the Barbie movies. I love the life lessons incorporated into each storyline, and appreciate that every single one is family-friendly and wholesome.
When my daughter learned of the new Barbie and the Secret Door movie she was excited. She was REALLY excited to know she would get to host a “Barbie Party” with a few of her fellow Barbie loving friends! I read the synopsis of the story aloud to her.
In this magical, musical adventure, Barbie™ stars as Alexa™, a shy princess who would rather read than perform her royal duties. While walking through the royal garden, Alexa™ discovers a secret door in her kingdom, much like the one in the book she’s reading! She steps through the door and enters a whimsical land filled with magical creatures and surprises. Alexa™ meets Romy™ and Nori™, a mermaid and a fairy, who explain that a spoiled ruler named Malucia is trying to take all the magic in the land. To her surprise, Alexa™ has magical powers in this world, and her new friends are certain that only she can restore magic to their land. Discover what happens when Alexa™ finds the courage to stand up for what’s right and learns that the power of friendship is far more precious than magic.
Her eyes were wide with interest and excitement, and then my 10-year-old son (who apparently was listening) piped up and said, “That actually sounds pretty good! Can we watch it too?!”
Of course his sister had no desire for her brothers to join her party; she already had every detail planned. She invited a few of her friends from church to come to the party, and they were giddy with excitement. A new Barbie movie?!! Squeeee!!!
The day of the party came and my daughter and I had it all prepared in time (that can be rough around this household). Snacks, drinks, and of course, gifts! In our party kit we didn’t just get the new Barbie and the Secret Door DVD… We got Barbies and Barbie books too! As much as my daughter wanted to keep them all, she also wanted her friends to be able to enjoy them too. To make it fair we used a few of the Barbie stickers in the coloring book, putting one on the bottom of each plate. The Alexa sticker got the Alexa Barbie, the Romy sticker got the Romy Barbie, and the book sticker got the Barbie painting book, the Barbie magazine and sticker book, and the Barbie and the Secret Door reading book. The girls were thrilled to know they’d get to take home these awesome prizes!!
They were anxious to play with their stuff, but we had to watch the movie! Before that, however, they all really wanted to color Barbie pictures. They each picked one from the Barbie coloring book and we got them all situated on the couch- TV trays to the rescue! They could color, eat and drink while they watched the movie.
The girls LOVED the movie (as I expected). There was lots of fun music, humor, and of course the always present lesson; in this case, finding courage to stand up for what’s right. They loved the story and the music, and I was loving watching them up and dancing along at the end- they were definitely into it!
And although I didn’t push and ask them if they saw the lesson in it, I do know that it never hurts to put a good storyline in their face and allow them the opportunity to pick up on the lesson for themselves, either. Making friends, being courageous, standing up for what’s right… It’s not always easy. But we all find our strength from somewhere, even in a movie, and I’m happy to provide those lessons for my children, both in verbal communication between us and by reading books and watching movies with characters they love.
After the movie the girls played with the Barbies. I’m always amazed at their creativity and imagination! Of course I could hear them all singing one of the songs from the movie non-stop too. “I’ve Got Magic…. I’ve Got Magic…!”That will be in my head the rest of the night now.
We all enjoyed our Barbie and the Secret Door party and it’s been talked about often since Saturday. The girls brought their Barbies to church on Sunday and spent the free time in the afternoon playing together and with their other friends, sharing their new Barbies and their old ones.
Oh, and don’t worry… Despite not being able to join the girls at the party, my boys didn’t miss out on the movie. They watched it the first opportunity they had and the enjoyed it too (and they, too, have been singing “I’ve Got Magic” over and over). But-if you happen to know us personally- don’t mention their enjoyment of Barbie movies around their buddies; I’d hate to embarrass them too much… yet. 😉
Barbie and the Secret Door is now available in-stores and online! Check out the Barbie and the Secret Door website to learn more about the DVD as well as purchase it online. With Christmas coming up (fast, you guys- only 12 weekends left!), this DVD would be a perfect gift for that special little girl in your life. Additionally, you can find the Barbie and the Secret Door Barbie Dolls (Alexa, Romy, Nori, the unicorns, Princess Malcuia, and more), Barbie and the Secret Door coloring books, Barbie and the Secret Door reading books, and even more to create a super fun Barbie Christmas! Be sure and check out the Barbie and the Secret Door website for links on where to buy Barbie and the Secret Door toys.