Whether your state has opened up somewhat or you’re still largely (miraculously) stuck in your home/yard with your kids, plenty of us parents are running through our go-to list of classic family movies fast. But while older kids will happily watch Star Wars with you or get into a TV series you’ll both love, what about family movies the littlest ones will tolerate? You don’t want fighting, scary monsters… it can feel pretty limiting to watch movies with the under-six set. But get ready to fire up the DVR (or the Disney+, or the Netflix, or the Hulu, or the DVD player…does anyone still have one?) because we’ve rounded up movie titles that are perfect for preschoolers — or even toddlers, provided they’re past that two-year-old screen-time cutoff.
It can be challenging to find age-appropriate content for the smallest kiddos, but these tried-and-true movie options will keep them entertained — not hiding under the covers. Whether you’re looking for a great family movie night pick, or you simply need something compelling to keep the kids out of your hair for 90 minutes, you can’t go wrong with these magical movies. From Disney classics like Robin Hood and Cinderella to live-action films like Mary Poppins and Pollyanna to stop-motion claymation like Shaun the Sheep to modern masterpieces like Moana, there’s sure to be something here that your child will enjoy. Because you can only watch Frozen so many times (although, yes, we did put Frozen on this list, too).
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A version of this article was originally published in August 2017.