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23 summer movies for kids of all ages

These summer movies for kids — all streaming on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and Disney Plus — need to be on your seasonal watch list.

23 summer movies for kids of all ages

Sure, the beach, pool and backyard barbecues are staples once school lets out, but let’s be honest: Fun summer movies for families are hard to beat — and they’re the perfect way to come down after a day of fun in the sun.

Whether you’re all hunkering down on the couch because it’s raining out or you’ve got a sweet outdoor theater setup, make sure these summer movies for kids are in your rotation. There’s something here for everyone. 

Summer movies for toddlers and preschoolers 

Lots of action, low on scariness and big on laughs, these summer movies for kids are ideal for children on the younger side.

1. “Toy Story 4

Did somebody say “road trip”? Join Woody, Buzz and the gang on the adventure of a lifetime. 

Director: Josh Cooley

Release date: June 21, 2019

Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: G

Watch: Toy Story 4” on Amazon Prime Video

2. “Moana

A young girl goes on a daring sea adventure to save her community. 

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Release date: November 23, 2016

Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Moana” on Amazon Prime

3. “Finding Nemo

A clownfish is unexpectedly taken from his home in the sea and brought to a dentist’s office.

Director: Andrew Stanton

Release date: May 30, 2003

Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: G

Watch: Finding Nemo” on Disney Plus 

4. “Finding Dory

A forgetful blue tang fish suddenly remembers she has a family who’s looking for her. 

Director: Andrew Stanton

Release date: June 17, 2016

Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch: Finding Dory” on Disney Plus

5. “The Little Mermaid

Ariel the mermaid is desperate to explore beyond the sea. 

Director: Ron Clements and John Musker

Release date: November 17, 1989

Runtime: 83 minutes

Rating: G

Watch: The Little Mermaid” on Disney Plus

Summer movies for grade schoolers and tweens

Got an older kiddo who’s a little “too cool” for little kid movies? These summer movies for kids in grade and middle school are slightly more mature and will keep the whole family engaged (looking at you, mom and dad!).

6. “Yes Day”

Parents agree to say “yes” to their kids for a whole day. 

Director: Miguel Arteta

Release date: March 12, 2021

Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch: Yes Day” on Netflix

7. “Finding ‘Ohana

Two siblings from Brooklyn connect with their Hawaiian heritage. 

Director: Jude Weng

Release date: January 29, 2021

Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Finding ‘Ohana” on Netflix

8. “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Judy Moody’s goal this summer is to get as many “thrill points” as she possibly can. 

Director: John Schultz 

Release date: June 10, 2011

Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch: Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” on Amazon Prime Video 

9. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

A teen (Demi Lovato) feels out of place while attending the music camp of her dreams. 

Director: David Bowers

Release date: August 3, 2012

Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” on Disney Plus

10. “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

A rival camp threatens to take down the famous music camp. 

Director: Paul Hoen 

Release date: June 20, 2008

Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Rating: G

Watch: Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” on Disney Plus

11. “Teen Beach Movie

Two teens are transported into a retro surf movie. 

Director: Jeffrey Hornaday 

Release date: July 19, 2013

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: G

Watch:Teen Beach Movie” on Amazon Prime Video

12. “The Parent Trap” 

Two long-lost twins discover each other at sleepaway camp. 

Director: Nancy Meyers

Release date: July 20, 1998

Runtime: 2 hours, 7 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:The Parent Trap” on Disney Plus

13. ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’

A group of babysitters start a summer camp for their clients. 

Director: Melanie Mayron 

Release date: August 18, 1995

Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch: The Baby-Sitters Club” on Amazon Prime Video 

14. “The Sandlot

A new-to-town kid makes friends by joining a ragtag baseball team. 

Director: David Mickey Evans

Release date: April 1, 1993

Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:The Sandlot” on Disney Plus

15. “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

Pee-Wee Herman goes on his first-ever holiday. 

Director: John Lee

Release date: March 17, 2016

Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday” on Netflix

16. “Despicable Me 3

Super villains remember how good it feels to be bad. 

Director: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

Release date: June 30, 2017

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Despicable Me 3” on Amazon Prime Video 

17. “Luca

A coming-of-age summer story that can only be done by Disney.

Director: Enrico Casarosa 

Release date: June 18, 2021

Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Luca” on Disney Plus 

18. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

The spooktacular gang go on a summer holiday. 

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Release date: July 13, 2018

Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” on Amazon Prime Video 

19. “Monte Carlo”

Best friends quit their waitressing jobs to vacation in Paris for the summer.

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Release date: July 1, 2011

Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Monte Carlo” on Amazon Prime Video 

Summer movies for teens

These summer movies for teens are best left to the older set, as they’re all rated PG-13. Funny, sarcastic and a little bit romantic, teens will be hard-pressed to resist these flicks.

20. “The Way Way Back

A lonely teen spends the summer at a beach house with his mom and her boyfriend. 

Director: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Release date: July 26, 2013

Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Watch: The Way Way Back” on Amazon Prime Video 

21. “Moonrise Kingdom

A young boy flees scouting camp to find his pen pal and love interest. 

Director: Wes Anderson

Release date: June 29, 2012

Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Watch:Moonrise Kingdom” on Amazon Prime

22. “Camp

Young kids discover who they really are at a camp for the performing arts. 

Director: Todd Graff 

Release date: July 25, 2003

Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Watch:Camp” on Apple TV

23. “Paper Towns

A popular girl ropes a quiet kid in for the ride of his life. 

Director: Jake Schreier

Release date: July 24, 2015

Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Watch:Paper Towns” on Amazon Prime Video