Movies with a Message- Barbie and the Secret Door #BarbieSecretDoor #MC #Sponsored

Barbie and the Secret Door DVDI 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!!!

Ready to partyThe 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!!

With their swagThey 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.

color snack and watchThe 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!

dancingAnd 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.

excitedWe 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.

Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I will have to tell my niece about this – she is into all things Barbie right now.

  2. What a sweet Barbie party! The girls look thrilled!

  3. Looks like you had a blast! I’ll have to get this for my niece!

  4. My daughter has just started getting into playing with dolls – and has a few Barbies. I’m sure she’d love to see her in her own adventure on TV!

  5. My daughter and my nieces used to love watching Barbie movies. This one sounds like it has a great message.

  6. This looks like a really cute movie. My neices would enjoy this.

  7. I haven’t heard of this one yet. Kiddo is really in to Monster High and since they just released a new movie she’s all over that. I am sure Barbie will be nexts weeks movie list.

  8. christina aliperti says:

    My 7 year old niece is a Barbie fan just like I was. She will love this movie and I love that the message in it. Thanks for sharing!

  9. The girls look like they are having so much fun! My daughter loved watching Barbie movies when she was younger. I am glad to hear they still make them.

  10. My daughter would have loved something like this when she was younger. When she was 9, she was most certainly still playing with Barbies! I think she did until even 13 LOL!

  11. Looks like everyone had a good time. I haven’t seen a Barbie movie since I have boys. But I like a movie with a great meaning.

  12. That looks like a great party! I’m sad I wasn’t invited. I have a new niece so I’m sure there will be lots of Barbie in my future. I like how you shared the gifts. That’s given me some ideas for my party coming up soon.

  13. This looks like so much fun! What a great party! I know a few little girls that would love something like this.

  14. This sounds great for all Barbie lovers. Looks like such a fantastic party.

  15. Aren’t Barbie sleepovers the BEST?! I love all the pink and sweets.

  16. I love that Barbie incorporates good lessons in their movies.

  17. My daughter loved the Barbie movies and I love that they always have a good message for girls.

  18. I have always loved Barbie ever since I was a little girl! I’m glad I can share it now with my kids!

  19. Amy Desrosiers says:

    My kids love Barbie! My kids are excited to see this movie!

  20. I’ve never seen a Barbie movie. That’s funny about the boys getting the Barbie movies ‘for their sister.’ 😉

  21. We watch lots of babie movies. Your girls faces are great.

  22. Aww, my daughter would love this! Thanks for sharing.

  23. It is always great when you have a positive message to go with a movie. We enjoy Friday movie nights here.

  24. My son loves Barbie. I mean who doesn’t like barbie? I will have to get his for him and his little girlfriends when they come over to play. thanks for sharing

  25. Aww, what fun party! I have been meaning to pick this movie up and I keep forgetting… I’m GETTING this tomorrow haha.

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