Before Leo was born. Oli and I used to pretty much live in the cinema, back in the days where we had cash that wasn’t allocated to nappies or milk and we had this little thing called Free Time. Trips to the pictures are few and far between now but as Leo has got older we have come up with a way to continue getting our cinema fix. Instead of despairing when we can’t get a babysitter, we let our little film lover tag along with us. Yes, if you want to enjoy the cinema with your little one you are going to have to swap that action packed blockbuster for something more family friendly but, sometimes, this makes the whole experience better. I love seeing Leo’s little face light up as he gazes up at the big screen in awe, munching away on his popcorn.
2016 is going to be a great year for family friendly films and I can’t wait to start planning lots of trips to the cinema with my boys. For any other film lovers out there, I have made a list of 10 family friendly films, all due for release this year. I have included films that will hopefully appeal to children of all ages so if you have a two year old, a six year old or a thirteen year old, there should be at least one movie here you can enjoy together.
Grab some popcorn, dim the lights, get ready to enjoy the trailers and get excited for these 10 films the family will love…
1. Finding Dory
Finding Nemo is one of my favourite Pixar films and Dory is just one of the most lovable characters ever, The bright colours and under the sea adventure is sure to keep the kids entertained and being a Pixar film, the story will have enough depth to keep us grown ups happy too. Release date: June 2016
2. Kung Fu Panda 3
Jack Black is back as the voice of Po the panda, the not so masterful master of kung fu. Fans of the first two films are bound to be happy to see the return of this clumsy, excitable panda and the films are usually entertaining enough to stop us parents attempting to sneakily play on our phones. Release date: January 2016.
3. The BFG
Here is a film for any Harry Potter fans out there who need a bit of magic back on their screen. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them in based on the book by the brilliant J.K.Rowling and is about the magical creatures that live in the wizard world. This is one the whole family are sure to enjoy, who doesn’t love a bit of magic after all? Release date: November 2016
7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
It is too soon for a trailer for this but you should get excited anyway. In case you missed it, in December the whole world went crazy for Star Wars, myself included. Kids of all ages were happily going along to the cinema with their eager, fan boy/girl parents to find out what has been happening in that galaxy far, far away. I am sure everyone will be equally excited when this next instalment hits cinemas later this year. Release date: December 2016.
8. The Jungle Book.
This year The Jungle Book is getting the live action treatment and it looks amazing. Very young children should stay at home and curl up on the sofa with the original Disney animation but this is definitely one not to be missed for families with older children. I for one can not wait to see Baloo the Bear and Mowgli come to life.
9. Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel are releasing yet another Captain America film but this time with a twist. Civil War sees The Avengers interests and loyalties divide and things start to go wrong for the Captain and his old pal Iron Man. This is certainly one to watch if you and your kids are big super hero fans. Release date: April 2016.
10. The Secret Life of Pets.
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