Without a doubt, the best time of the year is summer! With its long days and warm weather, this season is for having fun. After lounging by the pool or barbecuing with friends and family, there's no better way to cool down than to relax and watch a great flick. Here at Happy Dance™, we've gathered our top summer movies for kids of all ages. But let's face it, you know you're going to watch these with them!
For Young Kids
The Wizard of Oz (Rating: G)
Our top spot goes to this 1939 classic. This colorful musical is perfect for kids to sing along with Dorothy as she travels the Yellow Brick Road with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion. With its groundbreaking visuals and adventurous storytelling, it's a fantasy for all generations.
Luca (Rating: PG)
Set in the Italian Riviera, Luca follows two adorable sea monsters-turned-humans as they race through the seaside with their new human friend to win an ever-coveted Vespa! Through their adventures, they learn what friendship truly means. Its charming plotline about perseverance is genuinely a delightful and heartwarming experience.
Frozen (Rating: PG)
Olaf said it best, “Put me in summer and I'll be a ... happy snowman!” We couldn’t resist putting this movie on our list. With its beautiful animations and fun songs, kids will enjoy watching it from start to finish. We also love Princess Anna!
The Karate Kid (Rating: PG)
“Wax on, wax off.” Perhaps this will go down in movie history as one of the greatest lines ever, and this film is a must-watch in our books. It’s so popular that multiple sequels have been made, including the new Netflix series, Cobra Kai. The friendship between Mr. Miyagi and Daniel LeRusso is truly unforgettable.
The Parent Trap (Rating: PG)
This fun remake of the 1961 classic has summer written all over it. It opens with separated at birth twins, Annie and Hallie, bonding at camp while scheming to reunite their divorced parents. This lighthearted comedy will certainly be enjoyed by the entire family.
The Sandlot (Rating: PG)
The sports comedy that inspired kids to have the most epic summer! With its coming-of-age story about boys in 1962 playing baseball and hanging by the pool, this 90s cult classic is sure to be a hit with kids today and “for-ev-er.”
Guardians of the Galaxy (Rating: PG-13)
Get ready to go down the Marvel rabbit hole! This blockbuster about a team of misfits is the perfect summer movie for teens with its witty lines, catchy soundtrack, and explosive visuals. We dare you not to be singing "Come and Get Your Love" after watching it!
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Rating: PG)
For girls navigating their adolescent years, this coming-of-age film is an absolute gem. After spending many summers together, four friends go their separate ways during break. No matter how far apart they are from each other, their friendship remains strong.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Rating: PG-13)
If you love the 1995 Jumanji with Robin Williams, you'll also love this sequel! This film will entertain the entire family with its top-notch special effects and hilarious ensemble (The Rock, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart).
What are your favorite summer movies for young kids, tweens, and teens? Let us know in the comments!