10 family films to get excited about this year

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

So excited for this! Roald Dahl is one of my childhood heroes and I love the story of The BFG. The tale of Sophie and her adventures with the big friendly giant is being brought to life by Steven Spielberg. I don’t think this one is suitable for toddlers but I am sure it will ignite the imaginations of older children and will get a positive response from nostalgic parents too. Release date: July 2016.
4. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.


This is definitely one for the older kids. Every super hero fan out there has been eagerly awaiting the release of this film, Batman and Superman together in the same film, fighting each other? It is just too exciting. My lovely husband has been geeking out over this film for months, I will not be letting him take Leo along though, I think 2 is a bit too young for the dark world of Gotham. Release date: March 2016.

5. Angry Birds: The Movie


This film looks like a lot of fun. I find the whole concept of basing a film on a smart phone game completely baffling but, according to the trailer, it seems to have really worked. Toddlers will love the bright coloured, silly birds while older children will be able to find humour in the similarities between the birds behaviour and the Angry Birds game. The plot looks amusing and hopefully the adults will be able to resist grabbing their phones for a quick game of Angry Birds themselves. Release date: May 2016.

6. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.

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.

This is the film that inspired me to write this post. I can not wait to take Leo to see this, he is going to love it. Animation and talking animals, does a toddler need anything else from a film? I laughed out loud the first time I saw this trailer and I am sure all the family will enjoy. I would love to know what my kitten gets up to while we are out of the house,  Release date: June 2016.

Will you be going to see any of these films with your family this year? I can’t wait for lots of trips to the cinema with Oli and Leo, Have you braved the cinema with your toddler yet? It makes me so happy that Leo loves films as much as his Mummy and Daddy do.

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  1. February 12, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Definitely looking forward most to Finding Dory and Fantastic Beasts, but all of these do seem amazing! (and I even discovered some new ones, so thanks for that πŸ™‚ )

  2. February 13, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Glad I could introduce you to a few new ones. I'm looking forward to Finding Dory the most too πŸ™‚ xx

  3. February 15, 2016 / 7:59 am

    So many good films coming out, can't wait. I think in our house we are most excited by the new Kung Fu Panda film πŸ™‚ #anythinggoes

  4. February 15, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    We are such movie buffs as well! Can't wait for Finding Dory! Thanks for sharing your list. #fartglitter

  5. February 15, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I'm so excited for Finding Dory and Fantastic Beasts! πŸ˜€ #anythinggoes

  6. February 15, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I can't wait for the BFG! Very excited about that! #fartglitter

  7. February 16, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I have watched the trailer for The BFG far too many times! I am so excited I could squeak. Sorry though, not taking the tots. This one is entirely for Mummy!! #fartglitter x

  8. February 16, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I know these are mostly aimed at kids, but I'm excited for some of these myself! The BFG especially – what a great book! #abitofeverything – Katie @ The Squirmy Popple

  9. February 16, 2016 / 10:23 am

    These look like a great selection of films. Hopefully be taking my little ones to a couple of them. #abitofeverything xx

  10. February 16, 2016 / 10:27 am

    I am ridiculously excited for The BFG. The trailer is amazing, and I reckon it'll the one not to miss x #abitofeverything

  11. February 16, 2016 / 11:29 am

    So many good movies!! I remember the BFG as a child so I'm really looking forward to that and for S I think he'll enjoy Finding Dory & The Jungle Book πŸ™‚ #fartglitter

  12. February 16, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Kung Fu Panda 3 was adorable! We have watched them all and I think #3 was my favorite so far.

  13. February 16, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I am always out of the loop when it comes to movies. These look good! Maybe we can treat the kids to one this year.

  14. February 16, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Jungle book is one of my all time favs so I can't wait for that. I just hope they do it justice. I think my little man will love the secret life of pets though. Great round up.

  15. February 16, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I can't wait for the Secret Life of Pets. I have some serious feels about Civil War because the comic book is so dark and leads to even darker things and with them not being able to use mutants I'm still not sure it's going to work.

  16. February 16, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    We're very much excited for Finding Dory in our household, my toddlers current favourite film is 'Fish' (Finding Nemo) so I think she'll be a huge fan of Finding Dory! #Abitofeverything

  17. February 17, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything too!

  18. February 17, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Literally can't wait for the BFG!! As an expectant first time parent who LOVES the cinema, I really hope that we do manage to find the time to go once the little one arrives!! #abitofeverything

  19. February 17, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    There's loads of good ones isn't there? I love kung fu panda too, unfortunately my little boys not so keen!xx

  20. February 17, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I can't wait either, I love Dory!Thanks for hosting xx

  21. February 17, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Me too!!xx

  22. February 17, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    I know, so exciting!xx

  23. February 17, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Oh me too, I love The BFG xx

  24. February 17, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Me too!We only have to wait until July xx

  25. February 17, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Haha, the trailer is pretty good so I don't blame you!I'm not taking my boy to this one either, I want to guarantee I am going to see it all!xx

  26. February 17, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Haha, me too. Yes, lots of us are looking forward to The BFG xx

  27. February 17, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I tried to include something for everyone. Hope you get a chance to take your boys to see them xx

  28. February 17, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Definitely not be missed, I can't wait to see it either xx

  29. February 17, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Finding Dory and The Jungle book look really good. I'm excited for The BFG too xx

  30. February 17, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Ohh, glad to hear it's good. I can't wait to see it xx

  31. February 17, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Hope you enjoy the film, whatever you decide to see xx

  32. February 17, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Yes, I love The Jungle Book too!Can't wait to see the characters brought to life. I definitely think little ones are going to love The secret life of pets xx

  33. February 17, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Oh, I've not read the comic books so I have no expectations. My husband is so excited for Civil War though so I hope it's good xx

  34. February 17, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Aww 'Fish', so cute! Very excited for Finding Dory xx

  35. February 17, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Congratulations on impending parenthood! You will find the time to go to the cinema, probably not as much as do now though so make the most of it πŸ™‚ x

  36. February 18, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    I'm so excited about The Jungle Book! My hubby is excited about Civil War and Batman vs. Superman…but our son is excited about Kung Foo Panda, ha! #TwinklyTuesday

  37. February 19, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Haha, my hubby is excited for those films too. I can't wait to see The Jungle Book either, it looks so good xx

  38. Lindsey Tradup
    February 19, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    I'm SUPER excited for The Secret Life of Pets. As well as Finding Dory and The BFG. Fabulous roundup! I'm pinning and stumbling this! <3 Happy Friday!

  39. February 22, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I can't believe they're already bringing out the next SW so soon! Some good ones here. We're a massive film family and I was before kids too, like you. The challenge we have is the age gap between our youngest and eldest which is a problem when it comes to films. hey ho. #abitofeverything

  40. February 23, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Thank you :). I can't wait to go see The Secret life of Pets either xx

  41. February 23, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I know! It's easy money for Disney though, people will definitely go and watch it. Ahh I suppose the age gap is a bit difficult, you could take one to a film they want to see and hubby take the other?!xx

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