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May 22, 2024

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Best Summer Movies for Kids

The Best Summer Movies for Kids

We're highlighting 8 top summer movies coming soon so you can catch the trailers with your kids then plan on a fun outing.

We all love movies and the best kids’ movies coming out this summer are here! Most of these are coming to theaters for a fun, big-screen outing, but a few are slated to go straight to streaming services (and those are the ones that are usually announced at the last minute, so there’s sure to be more in the future). Check the list, put your favorites in the calendar, and then get ready for some fun movie outings.

The Best Kids’ Movies Coming Out This Summer


Release Date: May 17, 2024

From writer and director John Krasinski, IF is about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends (IFs) — and what she does with that superpower — as she embarks on a magical adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids. IF stars Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming, Fiona Shaw, and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell alongside many more.


jon feeds a baby garfield some pizza in a scene from the garfield movie

“The Garfield Movie”

Release Date: May 24, 2024

Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure. After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – street cat Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) – Garfield and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a high-stakes heist.







a robot and dog spend the day at the beach in a scene from robot dreams, a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies of 2024

“Robot Dreams”

Release Date: May 31, 2024

This film, based on the comic by Sara Varon, lost to The Boy and the Heron for Best Animated Feature) It’s about an anthropomorphic dog who, suffering from loneliness, orders a robot to be his friend. The near wordlessness and pervasive melancholy gives the impression that it’s not exactly aimed at kids, but the older ones might get into it.






anxiety waves at the other emotions in a scene from inside out 2

“Inside Out 2”

Release Date: June 14, 2024

The sequel t0 2015’s Inside Out.  Riley turns 13 and Headquarters undergoes a sudden demolition to make room for new emotions, something Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust weren’t prepared for. The first new emotion they meet is Anxiety, who carries a lot of emotional baggage — literally. Amy Poehler returns as the voice of Joy.







gru holds gru junior in a scene from despicable me 4, a good housekeeping pick for best movies for kids 2024

“Despicable Me 4”

Release Date: July 3, 2024

Gru welcomes a new member to the family — Gru Jr. — who’s intent on tormenting his dad. However, their peaceful existence soon comes crashing down when criminal mastermind Maxime Le Mal escapes from prison and vows revenge against Gru.






red looks back over the castle in a scene from descendants the rise of red, a good housekeeping pick for best kids movie 2024

“Descendants: The Rise of Red”

Release Date: July 12, 2024

Former Villain Kid Uma, now headmaster of Auradon Prep, extends an invite to the school to another VK – Red, the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts from Wonderland. After the Queen of Hearts incites a coup against Auradon, Red must team up with Cinderella’s perfectionist daughter Chloe and travel back in time to try to undo the traumatic event that set Red’s mother down her villainous path.






harold and a child sit in a jet in a scene from harold and the purple crayon

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Release Date: August 2, 2024

Crockett Johnson’s book about a boy who wields a magic crayon that makes drawing real gets a movie adaptation courtesy of Carlos Saldanha. Harold can make anything come to life simply by drawing it. After he grows up and draws himself off the book’s pages and into the physical world, Harold finds he has a lot to learn about real life-and that his trusty purple crayon may set off more hijinks than he thought possible. When the power of unlimited imagination falls into the wrong hands, it will take all of Harold and his friends’ creativity to save both the real world and his own.






ryan poses with cartoon version of himself in a promotional image for ryan's world the movie titan universe adventure

“Ryan’s World the Movie: Titan Universe Adventure”

Release Date: August 16, 2024

YouTuber Ryan Kaji takes to the big screen for an epic adventure yet. When his twin sisters, Emma and Kate, get sucked into a mystical comic book, Ryan has no choice but to rise up as the great big brother he is and jump in after them. Adventures, battles, and debacles ensue, as Ryan and his friends navigate the Titan Universe and bring everyone back home safely before his parents catch on.


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