Summer time is here, which means the school holidays as well. Children have been looking forward to this time of the year to bask in those long summer days and nights.  But it is also the time of the year when families prepare educational scheduled plans for their children, likewise it is important to have ready some plans for those unscheduled moments. We have prepared for you a handy list with the top kids movies for the summer. 

If you prepare some super fun home cinema during the summer, you and your kids will love it, and if you invite some of their friends over, even more!

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The best kids movies


One of the best kids movies for the summer of all time. A vibrant movie that shows the power of love. Miguel, the main character is a young boy that loves music and dreams to become a guitarist like his idol, but playing music is banned by his relatives. However,  he has the desire of becoming a musician despite his family’s wishes. Miguel travels to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead, where he finds out his family´s history background. A perfect family movie, adults and children will love it. 

Hotel for dogs

It is a good kids movie for the summer as it gives a really good message of how siblings should care of each other. Siblings Andi and Bruce are orphans and their foster parents don’t treat them well. Nonetheless, the kids have a loyal dog called Friday, which they secretly care for, and they find him a shelter at an abandoned hotel.  Bruce with his engineering skills converts into an amazing hotel for dogs. Afterwards, different breeds of stray dogs join Friday. Although the neighbors start getting suspicious with the barks, Andi and Bruce managed with every trick to prevent their secret from being discovered.  A very entertaining movie, that your kids won’t take their eyes off until it ends. 

Finding Nemo

Summer seems like a great time to watch this movie. A tale that follows the eventful journey of two fish. A clown fish named Marlin and his young son Nemo, both are separated from each other, when the little Nemo ventures himself into the open sea, despite his father´s warnings of the dangers. Nemo gets carried off by a boat and netted up and sent to a dentist´s office in Sydney. While Merlin ventures off to bring back home Nemo, he meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. Two of them travel long distances,  finding dangerous creatures along the way. In the meantime,  Nemo and the rest of sea animals in the tank, plot a way to return to the sea to live their lives free again. Sweet father-son tale, that has to be listed in our top kids movies for the summer. 


Your kids won’t be disappointed with this movie with lots of funny and sweet moments, that can become one of your favourite kids movies for the summer. Moana takes kids on an epic journey and teaches them and important lesson about self-reliance and honoring one’s identity.  Moana worries about her people’s survival, so sets off on a epic journey across the Pacific. Along the way, she meets a boastful demigod Maui, who guides her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an exciting action-packed voyage. 


Summer seems like a great time to watch this classic movie, that you may have grew up with and it’s a must see kids movie for the summer, an opportunity to watch again this warm hearted movie, and your kids will definitely love it and ask you to watch it more than once. Flipper is a very exciting, sincere and touching movie, the film is about a boy who has to spend his summer with his uncle, who lives in Florida Gold Coast. 

Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime. 

Best summer movies on cinemas

However, if you want to take your kids out to the cinema, which is also a perfect plan to cool them down on a hot day, we leave you here some of the top kids movies for the summer on the big screen. 

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The Lion King

It has been a fantastic family entertainment movie for the whole family since 1994,  and has returned to cinemas this summer with a gorgeous live-action version, keeping the story of this movie alive . It is visually stunning feast for the eyes as well as a feast for the ears, with some of the best music, such as the circle of life, hakuna matata and can you feel the love tonight, have become classics, and in this movie they are more powerful than ever. 

Dora and the lost city of Gold 

This is another kids movie for the summer that your kids will love to watch on the cinema. It is an exciting family movie that you all will enjoy, because probably you and your kids have been watching Dora the explorer series on TV, and this movie is a live- action adaptation and a continuation of Nickelodeon´s television serie. 

Toy Story 4 

Ultimately a fantastic choice for kids and families. Toy story 4,  like any of its predecessors with powerful examples of empathy and  touches themes of friendship, loyalty and with lots of emotions and humor. It is said to be the last Disney Pixar´s original franchise, so go and watch Woddy, Buzz, Jessi and the gang as well as you will discover  new characters that there are this time around. 

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If you have a long way ahead to reach your holiday destination, we also  recommend you to have a look at our list of Muchosol´s favourite travel movies to watch on the Ipad or Laptop, or you if you have any favourite kids movies for the summer, please share it with us!

Best kids summer movies