It’s that time of year again: spring break is here, and that means the kids are off school! With no homework, projects, or after-school activities to worry about, your whole family probably has a lot of free time right about now. This is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and bond over something fun, and what better way to do that than with a quality movie night?
The best part about family movie nights is deciding what to watch together. Modern cinema is packed with amazing new flicks, and there are dozens of releases that are perfect for viewers of all ages. Whether you splurge on a trip to the theater or cozy up on the couch, movie nights give you a chance to laugh, cry, and go on adventures together. Grab some popcorn, get comfy and consider putting on one of these movies to watch with your kids during spring break.
An incredible fish-out-of-water tale and coming-of-age story all in one, Luca is one of Pixar’s newest and groundbreaking critically acclaimed masterpieces. We meet Luca, a young boy living on the Italian Riviera — unbeknownst to anyone else, he turns into a sea monster when he touches water. After meeting another sea monster boy, Alberto, he decides to run away from home and explore the city of Portorosso for the summer. They meet the kindhearted Giulia along the way, and the trio forms an unbreakable bond and teaches a valuable lesson about empathy and acceptance.
7 The Secret World of Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty is one of the best Studio Ghibli films that perfectly embodies the warm season. When a young boy named Sho stays with his great aunt Sadako for a week, he’s surprised to find a tiny young woman named Arrietty living in the air vent under the house. She and her family are Borrowers, small people who survive by ‘borrowing’ things from the larger humans around them. The two become unlikely friends, and they act as pillars of support for one another through difficult situations in life.
6 Sonic the Hedgehog
For kids who love video games, Sonic the Hedgehog is your spring break movie! Sonic is a wild young hedgehog from a distant planet, frequently sought after by foes who wish to harness his supersonic abilities. Using a golden ring, he’s transported to earth and makes his first friend ever: Tom, a disenchanted cop who’s tired of his boring career in small-town Green Hills, Montana. Tom is in for the ride of his life when he and Sonic are forced to outrun the sinister Doctor Robotnik, and the pair goes on a wild adventure to save the planet!
5 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The first SpongeBob film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a cinematic favorite amongst fans of the show, and the sequel delivers just as well. Things seem normal in Bikini Bottom; the Krusty Krab crew (plus Patrick) get into a heated condiment war over the Krabby Patty formula, but things take a drastic turn when it disappears from existence. Bikini Bottom suddenly falls into anarchy, forcing SpongeBob and Plankton to find it together. The film’s casting is superb, and viewers get to enjoy the classic 2D style and 3D animation mixed with live-action.
4 Turning Red
Turning Red is another modern Pixar masterpiece that offers a timeless message on growing up. Mei Lee is an eighth-grade student determined to have a fantastic year, but her life descends into chaos when she begins turning into a giant red panda during intense emotional states. Throughout the film, she makes peace with her overbearing mother and learns to love herself no matter who (or what) she is. Fun, silly and surprisingly poignant, this movie is ideal for kids struggling through puberty.
3 Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
The beloved Dreamworks series finally gets a film in the form of Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans. This movie brings together the entire Arcadia universe as troll hunters, wizards, and aliens unite against the evil Arcane Order. The Order has awakened the mighty Titans, threatening to destroy the world as they know it. If your kids have never watched the Tales of Arcadia trilogy on Netflix, you’ll want to add Wizards, 3Below, and Trollhunters to your watch list!
2 Sing 2
The Sing crew is back and more musical than ever before in the exciting sequel Sing 2. Buster and the gang aspire to put on a show in the famous Redshore City, but they need help from legendary rockstar Clay Calloway to do it. The problem is, Clay hasn’t been seen in 15 years, and it’s up to Buster’s crew to band together and get the show on the road. Most of the original cast is still in the movie, and the addition of musicians like Bono and Halsey really sweeten the experience.
1 Weathering With You
Weathering With You is more suited for older kids, but it’s a gorgeous story of love, perseverance and finding the good in life. High school student Hodaka runs away from home to Tokyo, where the nonstop rain and a string of bad luck render him temporarily homeless and wanted by police. Eventually, he finds work as a journalist for an occult magazine, and his first story is on the legendary weather maidens known as ‘sunshine girls’. To his disbelief, he meets Hina, a young girl who truly can call upon the sun through prayer. The couple goes through a wild series of ups and downs, and Hodaka realizes he must fight for Hina with everything he has.