As families continue to self-quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone needs suggestions for kids’ movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon.
Whether your family is looking for new or classic movies on your streaming service of choice, choosing the right choice for everyone in your household can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for movie night ideas, we’ve rounded up 32 kids’ movie options that adults will enjoy too.
So get out some popcorn, snuggle up on your couch, and get ready for some quality family time. From modern princess movies to recent movies you might have missed in theaters, we’ve got you covered.
This classic children’s film based on the book of the same name by author EB White follows the crazy and silly adventures of a mouse adopted by a human family. In the years since its release in 1999, a short-lived TV series and a few sequels have also been released, making it a fun franchise to occupy your family’s time.
The first film to introduce us to Gru and his minions, “Despicable Me” follows the story of a misunderstood villain whose life is turned upside down when he adopts three orphan girls. This franchise features two more “Despicable Me” movies, plus “Minions” and, coming in 2021, “The Rise of Gru.”
Older kids and tweens will love this campy version of a summer team of junior lifeguards guarding the beaches of Malibu, California. Follow it with “Malibu Rescue: The Series” for some more family TV nights.
“A Cinderella Story”
This adorable kid-friendly rom-com stars Hilary Duff and tells a modern take on the Cinderella story by spotlighting two online pen pals who plan to meet in person at a school dance.
This coming-of-age tale by 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss is best suited for older children, but tells a great story of a young girl learning some major life lessons as she approaches her teenage years. Child fans of the “Home Alone” movie franchise will enjoy seeing Macaulay Culkin take on a very different role.
Another family film from Macaulay Culkin’s time as a child actor, “Richie Rich” is a modern adaptation of the 1960s comic book. Richie Rich is the richest kid in the world, but learns that the Money is not as important as having good friends.
This action-packed film about a third-generation treasure hunter will keep older kids entertained and waiting. Parents will also appreciate the story touches added to the film which make it subtly educational. And, there are two more “National Treasure” movies to watch if your family gets hooked.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
This animated version of Marvel’s Spider-Man character follows Miles Morales, a New York teenager who was bitten by a radioactive spider. Morales meets Peter Parker and learns that he has many other web counterparts in alternate dimensions.
Admit it, you love the adventures of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and company. The sequel to Disney’s hit “Frozen” is a great movie to watch when you’re looking for something friendly for little kids and funny for bigger ones.
If your family missed “Onward” in theaters, it’s now streaming on Disney+. The heartwarming Pixar film follows two teenage brothers on a modern-day quest to find the materials needed to complete a magical spell that will allow them to meet their dead father.
“Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made”
Based on the book series by Stephan Pastis, this Disney+ original is sure to be a big hit with kids of all ages, especially fans of the books. Timmy Failure is an 11-year-old boy who lives with his mother and runs his own private detective agency. His best friend is an imaginary polar bear, and his adventures throughout the film will keep kids laughing while teaching them that it’s okay to make mistakes.
This musical drama is based on the book of the same name and guides children through the power of self-expression and marching to the beat of their own drum through the story of title character, Stargirl Caraway.
“In the woods”
This movie version of the classic musical is a great way to expose kids to theater and the world of musical arts. As well as grabbing their attention with classic fairy tales like “Cinderella” and “Rapunzel,” the songs from the musical will be ones your family will sing for a long time.
“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”
This classic 80s movie is great to resurrect with your kids today. A group of siblings are accidentally shrunk to the size of ants in their backyard and their goofy inventor dad tries to track them down. If your kids love it, check out the other movies in the series.
“Alexander and the terrible, horrible, not good, very bad day”
11-year-old Alexander and his family find themselves in all sorts of crazy situations in this 2014 film based on the children’s book. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play the parents in this film, so adults will enjoy seeing some of their favorite stars add to the comedy.
“Adventures in Childcare”
Disney’s 2016 remake of classic ’80s movie stars Sabrina Carpenter and Sophia Carson, two Disney Channel stars your kids probably know and love. Similar to the original, rival babysitters join in an adventure as they search for a runaway child.
“Troll World Tour”
This sequel to the hit movie “Trolls” is all about the tunes. Poppy and Branch go on an adventure to rescue the six different tribes of trolls, each devoted to six different types of music.
A modern take on “Dr. Dolittle,” Robert Downey Jr. plays the iconic doctor who can talk to animals. This movie is big on adventure and cute talking animals, making it something that will keep everyone in the house entertained.
“The Call of the Wild”
This 2020 adaptation of the classic novel was short-lived in theaters due to the pandemic, but can be rented for streaming at home. The story of a dog who is uprooted from his Californian home and finds himself in the Alaskan wilderness will warm hearts and inspire adventures.
This Amazon Original film centers on a young girl who dreams of visiting space. To win a NASA contest, she forms a troop of “Birdie Scouts” and forms lasting friendships and memories with her recruits.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
Video game fans will love this modern adaptation of the 80s children’s book. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and other hilarious actors are transported into a video game version of Jumanji and hilarity ensues. Check out the sequel, “Jumanji: The Next Level” for more.
“Ready player one”
Based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, this film is set in the future, where society depends on virtual reality simulations to escape the desolation of the real world. A teenager finds clues about his favorite VR game that promise big things for the winner, and, sure enough, there’s a villain who takes them for himself.
Suitable for tweens and older kids, this campy murder mystery flick keeps viewers guessing until the end. Big stars like Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig add to the fun. Be warned: your kids might want to break out that old “Clue” board game later.
While some of the content might make this musical more suitable for tweens and older teens, the musical performances and sarcastic comedy make for an entertaining movie night. And, if your family gets hooked, there are two more “Pitch Perfect” movies to sing along to.
“The Lego Movie 2: Part Two”
If your family loved the first movie in the Lego movie franchise, don’t miss the sequel. Beloved characters like Emmet and Batman return with goofy characters from the planet Duplo. Then break out your own Lego bricks for even more family fun.
You can’t go wrong with a classic, animated version of “Charlotte’s Web” is exactly that. Follow the story of Fern, a young girl who falls in love with a domestic pig named Wilbur. And try not to cry at the end when Charlotte the Spider says goodbye.
An adventurous teenager from a strict family discovers a Yeti living on the roof of her building and teams up with her friends to rescue him from evil researchers and bring him home to his family.
Sequel to the 2011 film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” this animated adventure features stars like Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt. When Gnomeo and Juliet’s friends go missing, they call on famed detective Sherlock Gnomes and go on an adventure to find them.
This classic 90s movie about a boy’s adventures with a young killer whale will warm your family’s hearts. Don’t forget the other movies in the “Free Willy” franchise if your kids enjoy the first one.
“Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase”
Who knows, watching this 2019 movie about child detective Nancy Drew might inspire your kids to read some of the classic detective novels during quarantine.
Julia Roberts stars in this heartwarming film, based on the novel by RJ Palacio, about a young boy born with facial deformities who enters mainstream school for the first time and teaches everyone a lesson in compassion and love. acceptance.
Tobey Maguire’s 2002 performance as “Spider-Man” is fantastic, and since he’s nearly 20 years old, your kids may not have been introduced yet.