20 Family-Friendly Movies Hitting Theaters This Spring

Bethany Quinn | Apr 3, 2019 Movies
20 Family-Friendly Movies Hitting Theaters This Spring

Mena Massoud and Will Smith in Aladdin
Walt Disney Pictures

Spring has sprung, which means warmer weather and more opportunities to have fun with the family. Whether planning an epic spring vacation or just wanting to relax at home and watch the school year wind down, this season brings so many happy feels. Blockbuster season is upon us -- when all the action-packed films flood theaters when school lets out. 

And while we know spending time outside is ideal, especially with kids, it's also OK to spend some time indoors watching a great family-friendly film. Going to the park is cool and all, but we have to admit, there are some really great movies hitting theaters this spring that we want to see.

Why not make a day of it and plan for snacks, popcorn and some great previews for all the amazing movies that will be coming sooner than later? (Hello, Toy Story 4!)  In fact, families may find themselves at the theater several times this spring as these movies are just too good to miss in theaters.

From Disney remakes to highly anticipated sequels, teen flicks, even a documentary or two, there's something for everybody on this list of spring films -- parents included! We can't wait to see what's in store, not to mention which Avengers will make it in the final film.

Check out our list of 20 family-friendly movies hitting theaters this spring.

  • 'Shazam!'

    1

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: April 5

    Imagine if every 14-year-old had the power to turn into a superhero just by shouting a magic word. Well, Shazam! gives us a glimpse into what that would be like in this hilarious superhero flick about a boy who can do just that! It stars Zachary Levi as Shazam and both kids and parents will love this heartwarming, action-packed film.

  • 'The Best of Enemies'

    2

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: April 5

    Taraji P. Henson stars as a woman fighting against the Ku Klux Klan and school segregation in the South in 1971. The film is best suited for older kids but it sheds a light on an important part of American history and the Civil Rights movement.

  • 'Storm Boy'

    3

    Rated: PG

    Release date: April 5

    Based on the book of the same name, the story follows Michael Kingley, played by Geoffrey Rush, who had an adventurous childhood that he has long forgotten. When he starts to get flashes from the past, he starts to tell the stories of his youth to his granddaughter, and the two set off on some new adventures of their own.

  • 'Amazing Grace'

    4

    Rated: G

    Release date: April 5

    While it might be hard to get kids to sit through a documentary, once they hear Aretha Franklin sing, they'll be captivated. This film follows Franklin during her time with the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in January 1972, when she recorded Amazing Grace.

    Get ready for some serious goosebumps.

  • 'Missing Link'

    5
    Rated: PG

    Release date: April 12

    Hugh Jackman lends his voice to Sir Lionel Frost, an adventurer who travels to the Pacific Northwest on a hunt for a mythical creature. He meets Link, and the two set off to Shangri-La to find the rest of Link's family. Zoe Saldana and Zack Galifianakis also star in this sweet animated film.

  • 'Little'

    6

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: April 12

    In the vein of 13 Going On 30, Jordan is a tough-as-nails boss who finds herself magically back at the age of 13 after the pressure of life really started to get her down. The film is heartwarming and hilarious, and the best part? It was thought up by Marsai Martin, the real life 14-year-old, who plays young Jordan in the film!

  • 'Teen Spirit'

    7

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: April 12

    Elle Fanning plays Violet in this movie about a small town girl who has big dreams of becoming a singer. She enters a local competition, and her dreams start to take off. Parents will love the soundtrack that features a few throwback pop hits.

  • 'Penguins'

    8

    Rated: G

    Release date: April 19

    Ed Helms narrates this Disney documentary about a penguin named Steve who lives in Antarctica. He searches for a mate, a home, and a family and meets some pretty scary challenges along the way.

  • 'Avengers: Endgame'

    9

    Rated: Not yet rated 

    Release date: April 26

    This is it, guys! After Thanos nearly wiped out the entire universe, the remaining Avengers must assemble to take down the evil super villain. After 22 films, this will be the last in the Avengers series, meaning more than a few tears will be shed.

  • 'Ugly Dolls'

    10

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Release date: May 3

    Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, and Emma Roberts lend their voices to this animated comedy about a group of dolls who live in Uglyville. The film celebrates individuality and differences and has a positive message about self-acceptance.

    Sign us up!

  • 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu'

    11

    Rated: PG

    Release date: May 10

    Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu who helps to solve the mystery behind his missing Pokemon partner, Harry Goodman. He teams up with Harry's son and surprisingly, they learn they can communicate with each other. This live-action film brings to life characters that have only been seen in traditional animation.

  • 'Tolkien'

    12

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: May 10

    Ever wonder what the life of The Lord of the Rings creator was like? This film sheds a light on the early years of the famous author and what inspired him to write his famous Middle Earth novels.

  • 'The Biggest Little Farm'

    13

    Rated: PG

    Release date: May 10

    This documentary follows John and Molly Chester after they were evicted from their Los Angeles apartment. They end up buying 200 acres of land in Ventura County with the hopes of turning it into a diverse farm. And of course, there are many challenges along the way. We get to meet a real cast of characters in Emma the pig, Greasy the rooster, and Soula the lamb.

  • 'The Sun Is Also a Star'

    14

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: May 17

    Ah, young love. In this film, two teenagers meet and fall in love all on the same day. When Natasha, played by Yara Shahidi, is met with her family's possible fate of deportation, she must come to terms with reality and her new feelings for Daniel, played by Riverdale's Charles Melton.

    Teens will swoon!

  • 'A Dog's Journey'

    15

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Release date: May 17

    Dogs are magical, we already know that. But this movie takes it one step further. Bailey is a dog whose soul can travel. He makes a promise to his owner, and we watch as this loyal dog makes good on his word.

  • 'Aladdin'

    16

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Release date: May 24

    We're so excited to see the live-action version of one of our favorite Disney films!  Will Smith stars as the Genie and has already given us a taste of one of the musical numbers in the upcoming Aladdin movie.

  • 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'

    17

    Rated: PG-13

    Release date: May 31

    Like its title suggests, Godzilla may be the "King of Monsters," but he is not the only monster in this film. In fact, he battles three others, Mothra, Rodan, and three-headed King Ghidorah. While these mythical creatures battle it out, the fate of humanity is threatened.

    Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown, and actress Vera Farmiga star.

  • 'Dark Phoenix'

    18

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Release date: June 7

    Based on the X-Men comics, the film follows Jean Grey, previously played by Famke Janssen, as she morphs into an evil version of herself after an accident claims her ability to control her powers. It takes place decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse and stars Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner in the lead role and Jessica Chastain.

  • 'The Secret Life of Pets 2'

    19

    Rated: PG

    Release date: June 7

    Max and crew are back for the second installment of this animated film. The group of pets set off to rescue Hu, a white tiger cub. New cast members include Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, and Harrison Ford. Patton Oswalt replaces Louis C.K. as Max, after the comedian's sexual misconduct was made public.

  • 'Men In Black: International'

    20

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Release date: June 14

    The fourth MIB film takes place in the United Kingdom and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Liam Neeson. The plot follows the same format as its predecessors: The agents travel around the world after they become involved in several alien attacks.

    We have just one question: Does Will Smith make a cameo?

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