There is nothing like sinking into the couch on the weekend, popcorn bowl in hand, and watching your favorite movies. Movies are something your kids won’t ever say no to, making movie time at home an affordable but ultra-fun family bonding experience. If you are on the lookout for movies that the you and kids of any age will enjoy and remember, you might as well level up the experience by picking out the best 3D movies that come alive right before your eyes, piquing your imagination and taking you to a whole new world of colors, places and characters.

No glasses? No problem. Ebay sells cheap glasses for less than a dollar, but why buy when you making some can be another exceptional opportunity to bond with the kids? 3D glasses are so easy to make with materials you probably already have in your home. Plus, once you’ve helped your kids cut out templates, you can leave them to design and personalize their own glasses. Here are the materials you need:

  • Thick cardboard or construction paper
  • Paper glue to tape
  • Scissors
  • Red and blue cellophane sheets

Measure the kids’ heads so you have a rough idea of how big each pair of glasses should be. You can print out a template at Cut pieces of red and blue cellophane, placing the blue one on the right eye, and the red on the left. It is best to tape these to the back of the glasses so that they don’t fall off. It’s that simple.

This article features 5 of the best 3D movies to rent and see as a family, so grab your 3D glasses and hit “play”:

1.  Despicable Me (2010)

If you’d like to give your family a head-start at a balance between humor and heart, this is the movie to see. Filled with adorable and unforgettable characters, this movie is something to be watched over and over by the entire family. The movie is about a villain who makes a plan to steal the moon after having been bumped by a younger, more powerful bad-ass. His plans and fate change when he is compelled to adopt three little orphans as unknowing accomplices to his plan. It is the perfect movie to show how love and a good heart always conquer evil. Fall in love with Gru (voice of Steve Carrell), three orphaned girls Margo, Edith and Agnes, and adorable gibberish-speaking minions. This movie will be the center conversation piece at dinner for many weeks.

2. Legends of the Guardians (2010)

This movie has stunning animation which will simply leave your family in awe. The quality of CGI technology used here in nowhere near mediocre and everything in the movie will literally come alive before your eyes. Step into a world of graceful owls that live in a gorgeous kingdom, so beautifully created with intricate details. The voices of the characters are charming and engaging, it is easy for kids and kids at heart to get carried away into the world of the Owls of Ga’Hoole’.  It is a movie about finding one’s true potential, taking heart and overcoming the impossible. If you have young children, they may not understand the plot of the movie but will nevertheless be mesmerized by the visuals. This movie is based on Kathryn Lasky’s beloved books, and is renowned film-maker Zack Synder’s debut contribution to the world of animation.

3. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Watch the pages of your childhood classic by Lewis Caroll come alive in unbelievable 3D. If the kids loved the book, they can finally see Alice’s adventures happen right before their eyes. Get acquainted with the book’s residents – Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, the White Queen, and other out-of-this-world personas. Alice’s extraordinary experiences like growing to impossible sizes and swimming in her own teas tell your kids that anything is possible, and dreams do come true.

4. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

The rivalry between dogs and cats is not new, but in this movie, one crazy cat certainly stepped beyond the line. Kitty Galore is a former agent of MEOWS, a spy organization for cats. She is behind plans make her former cat comrades miserable, and to show her dog enemies who’s boss. Suddenly, it’s dogs and cats versus Kitty in this hilarious movie about enemies coming together for the common good. Advanced CGI animation and top-class puppetry make this an engaging movie to see, no matter how old your children are.

5. UP (2009)

This is a story about first impressions and lasting friendships. For the younger audience, it is about adventure and imagination. 78-year old Carl Fredricksen has a lifelong dream – to set foot in South America. On the same day he lifts his house off with the help of a thousand balloons, he discovers Russell, a young, curious and jovial wilderness explorer who becomes an accidental stowaway. Together, they build an unforgettable adventure, meet adversaries, and inspire one another to fulfill their dreams.

Skinny Mom Fact: The average 3D animated film takes at least 3 years to produce and it could be as long as 4 years before you can preview it at a theater!