What’s on at the movies for kids?

Looking for some movies for the kids these school holidays (2024)?

Here are 8 movies with details and summaries:

1. Inside Out 2

Availability: Released. 96mins. PG

Summary: In this much-anticipated sequel, Riley is now a teenager facing new emotional challenges as she navigates high school. Inside her mind, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust return with new emotions to tackle the complexities of adolescence. The movie delves deeper into the evolving emotional landscape, highlighting the importance of embracing all feelings. Terrific for tweens and teens. See also ‘How to talk to your kids about the emotions in  Inside Out 2‘.

2. Despicable Me 4

Availability: Widely released in cinemas. 94 mins PG

Summary: Gru and his Minions return in this latest instalment from Illumination. Gru, now an agent for the Anti-Villain League, faces new adventures and hilarious challenges as he balances his unconventional family life with his duties. Expect more chaotic antics from the Minions and heartfelt moments from Gru and his family. More of the same Minions for this instalment!

3. The Garfield Movie

Availability: Released. 101 mins G.

Summary: This animated film brings the beloved lasagna-loving cat Garfield to life in a fresh adventure. Voiced by Chris Pratt, Garfield navigates his usual antics with his owner, Jon, and fellow pet, Odie, while encountering new characters and challenges that bring humour and warmth to audiences of all ages. It’s great for the whole family.

4. IF (2024)

Availability: Limited release. 104 mins PG

Summary: Directed by John Krasinski, this imaginative film explores the power of childhood and the belief in the impossible. The story centres on a young girl who discovers an ability to imagine new worlds, with her adventures teaching valuable lessons about courage and creativity.

5. Zog & The Highway Rat

Availability: Released July 4. 53 mins G

This is a double feature. “Zog” followed by “The Highway Rat”. The original animated ‘The Highway Rat’ is available on streaming services like ABC iView.

Summary: This double feature presents two beloved stories from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. “Zog” follows the adventures of a keen young dragon learning the ropes at Dragon School, while “The Highway Rat” tells the tale of a greedy rat who learns a lesson in sharing. Both stories are filled with charm, humour, and moral lessons perfect for young audiences.

6. The Sloth Lane

Availability: Released July 25 2024. 89 mins PG

Summary: A heartwarming story about a group of sloths who embark on an unexpected journey that teaches them about the importance of community and teamwork. With gentle humour and delightful animation, this film is ideal for young children and families looking for an uplifting story.

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These films offer a variety of entertainment options for kids during the holiday season, from animated adventures to heartfelt stories.

7. Blue Lock: The Movie- Episode Nagi (Japanese. English Subtitles) 91 mins PG

8. The Mountain. 90 mins PG

The Mountain is a heartfelt drama about three children on a mission to find healing under the watchful eye of Taranaki Maunga, and discover friendship in the spirit.