A Virtual Vacation with Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Its hard to believe that it is already Ground Hogs Day! I really hope that little guy does not see his shadow. Spring can’t get here fast enough for my liking. We love warm, and winter in Wisconsin is definitely not that! Right now there is no way we can take a vacation either. So instead, we are going on a virtual vacation with Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s, “The Long Haul.”
This is a fan favorite for my family, as most of my kids love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. My daughter asks to watch this at least once per week, so I thought it would be fun to make a movie night devoted to all things Heffley.
Quite often we use the movie version of a book to get our kids reading. If you would like to make Diary of a Wimpy Kid your next home school language lesson, you should check out The Wimpy Kid Club. They have some really fun ideas, and they have activities that cover all of the books. This is really a Wimpy Kid haven. Please note that as with most movies made from books, “The Long Haul” is not true to the book. There are quite a few differences between the two, and our movie night is based upon the movie.
Packing for the Trip…
When you go on a virtual vacation, the packing looks more like decorating. Actually it looks a lot like black plastic table clothes, white plates and napkins, and white balloons with wimpy kid faces on them. The kids had a blast transforming our regular living room into a Heffley living room. We decorated brown paper grocery sacks to transform the serving dishes into “Mommy Meal” bags. And, before we knew it, our house was a vision in black and white.
I try not to spend a whole lot on decorations, because we do a lot of movie nights in this house. At least once a month, and in the winter months a lot more. I suppose that decorations are really an optional addition to the fun. We like to make it feel special, because actually going to the theater is pretty rare here. Because of this, we choose to go all out for our at home movie nights. My go to store for our decorations is the Dollar Tree, as everything is well – a dollar. We try to keep our budget less than $10, and we usually come out quite well. I have included a printable movie night packet for you to download at the end of this post to get you started with ideas.
Eating on the Go…
As I mentioned earlier, we did not base our movie night menu on the book. Some of the scenes we used for our menu planning did not happen in the book and may seem a bit strange until you see the movie. We themed our meal around the “Mommy Meals” Mrs. Heffley gives the boys in the car. All of our serving dishes were placed inside of decorated brown paper sacks.
There were six components to our “Mommy Meal.” They included Manny-wiches (sloppy joes), Mommy Fruit Salad, Roderick Roasted Butter Potato Sticks, Pigs in a Backpack, and Greg’s Cheetos. For dessert we made cinnamon roll pizzas topped with vanilla ice cream in honor of Roderick’s disaster of a shopping trip.
Manny-wiches are just a fancy name for the regular old Sloppy Joe. You can choose your own recipe, or use mine:
Mommy Fruit Salad
Mrs. Heffley loves to be healthy, so it is no wonder that she is quite often seen trying to get her family to eat some great fresh fruits. Our family loves berry salad. No recipe required for this one. Simply wash and cut your choice of fresh fruit and toss them in a bowl. My kind of cooking right there!
Roderick’s Butter Roasted Potato Sticks
In the movie version of “The Long Haul,” the Heffley family goes to a fair. While there, Roderick decides to eat nine deep fried sticks of butter. Now this may sound like a good idea to Roderick, but the idea of eating butter, even the deep fried kind, does not sound like a good idea to me. Instead, we decided on something much tastier – Roderick’s Butter Roasted Potato Sticks.
Pigs in a Backpack
In honor of Manny’s winnings at the fair, we decided to make a family party favorite, pig-in-a-blanket. I mean backpack. These are really easy to make, and I usually have the kids help with these.
Roderick’s Cinnamon Roll Pizza with Vanilla Ice Cream
This is super easy to make. The kids can actually make this one independently, as long as an adult works the oven. If you want to add a little extra to it, add some thinly sliced apples to the top. It tastes like a apple pie cinnamon roll! Yum!
No road trip would be complete without a few fun travel games, right? So we came up with some Heffley style travel games to make our movie night even more fun. Because our games are based upon the movie, if you have yet to see the movie, it may be more fun to play the games afterward. For the full description of the games, you can download the printable below. You will also get the printable version of the recipes as well.
The Diaper Hands Dash
In the movie, Greg has an unfortunate event happen at a local restaurant involving a diaper. This game was inspired by these events. The game is played as a relay where each participant has to take a number of paper diapers and deposit them in the “Loded Diper Pail” using the “diaper hand.” The person with the lowest time getting all of the diapers into the pail is the winner. The instructions are in the printable packet.
Launch Your Boat Greg Heffley
Greg has another unfortunate event happen to him involving a boat. Yes there seems to be a theme of unfortunate events with this book. It reminds me of another book series I love. But, Greg’s unfortunate events are so much funnier than the Baudelaire family events. Anyways, back to topic. With this game, each person makes a paper boat, and then tries to launch it into Mee Maw’s pool. The directions for making the boats is in the printable packet as well.
What’s In The Mommy Meal
In great Mrs. Heffley fashion, we decided to make some ‘Mommy Meals” of our own to take with on our virtual road trip. With this game, the object is to identify each item in the meal bag. To play, everyone grouped into two teams. Each team picked a team captain. The team captain’s job was to pull item cards from the bag one at a time not showing any other team members. Then the captain described the item on the card without saying the item’s name. The other team members had to call out what they thought the item was until each food item card was correctly identified. The team with the lowest time wins. The directions for this game as well as the food item cards can be found in the printable packet as well.
Virtual Vacation Printable Packet
If your family is like mine, and spring can’t come fast enough, try going on a Virtual Vacation with Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s “Long Haul.” It might just make winter seem a little bit shorter.