Sometimes, the best way to deal with a stressful situation is to take a break. Maybe watch a movie or go for a walk. A rainy day or needed couch time after tedious schoolwork delivers the perfect conditions for taking in some of the best movies of the last decade. Here are some of our favorite young kid’s picks, most all available on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon:
- The Lego Batman Movie
Clever, fun and nonstop action with a variety of explosions, bad guys and battles. Zero gore, due to the Lego “movie” set so kids can expect danger and peril with very little permanent damage to characters.
- Paddington 2
The perfect combination of victim and villain, Paddington 2 is the sad story of a furry bear who gets framed for the theft of a pop-up book. An excellent, quirky movie for a rainy day with the kids on the couch.
- The Princess and the Frog
Watch as a princess and a frog become the best duo in the romantic comedy as they travel through the New Orleans bayous. A colorful twist of Disney characters lends to the charming and classic story.
- The Secret Life of Pets
A comprehensive furry cast along with a high-strung rabbit (voice of Kevin Hart) shows viewers exactly what mischief our family pets get into while we are away from the house.
Take a trip to the Pacific with an adventurous teen who is drawn to explore the ocean and find out what is like to navigate the high seas with a demi-god who she convinces to join her voyage.
Bring your musical instrument and follow a young boy from Mexico into the afterlife. You may also want to bring a box of tissues for a cathartic cry ending.
- How to Train Your Dragon
This action-packed Disney equal to “Lord of the Rings” is a family-friendly movie that will teach your young ones the importance of friendship and trusting yourself.