20 Fun Family Movies to Enjoy on Netflix

Jill Holtz

May 15, 2022

20 Fun Family Movies to Enjoy on Netflix

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As we face into the summer holidays, inevitably there will be some rainy days or indeed some days when you’ll need some indoor time if it’s too hot (here’s hoping!).

A family movie is a fun thing to do with your child, so here’s our pick for 20 fun family movies on Netflix to enjoy this summer:

Family Movies on Netflix

It’s a long summer holiday here in Ireland (8+ weeks…) and, let’s face it, rainy days are more the norm than not usually. So finding things to do to amuse the kids can be a bit of a chore after the first week of down time.

So one solution is to pop some popcorn, grab a drink, and settle down on the sofa for a movie with the kids.

We’ve checked out what family movies are available on Netflix, and there are some classic family films on the list as well as newer ones to enjoy together.

Beethoven’s 2nd

Our favourite St Bernard dog is back and The Newtons are in for another adventure when their dog, Beethoven, falls in love with fellow canine Missy and makes a family of his own. But instead of being one big happy family, Missy’s owner, Regina, wants to sell off the puppies to make a huge profit. Springing into action, the Newton kids rescue the little dogs before Regina can make her deal but she is determined to get them back.

Rating: U

Enola Holmes

When Enola Holmes, Sherlock’s teen sister, discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her. Using her own super-sleuth skills, she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.

Rating: 12+

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Yes Day

A mom and dad who usually say no decide to say yes to their kids’ wildest requests with a few ground rules on a whirlwind day of fun and adventure.

Rating: PG


A dog comes to the rescue and helps heal a broken family when a boy and his sister stumble into serious danger.

Rating: PG


Pachamama is an award-winning animated film that tells the tale of a 10-year-old boy who dreams of coming his village’s shaman.

When a sacred statue is taken from his Andean village, the boy along with his best friend and her smart-talking llama go on a mission to get it back.

Rating: PG

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Another remake of Disney classic The Jungle Book. In this real life version, human child Mowgli is raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, but the fearsome tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

Rating: 12+

Gnome Alone

In Gnome Alone, a teenage girl moves into a new house in a new town and discovers her house is under attack by underground beasts. After making the discovery, she finds that she and the house gnomes are the only ones who can offer protection to the town.

Rating: PG

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is an animated version of the classic children’s book. The Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Rating: PG

The Lorax

Another film adaptation of a Dr Seuss book, The Lorax, tells the story of twelve-year-old Ted who lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville.

Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey, the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree. To get it, Ted delves into the story of the Lorax, once the gruff guardian of the forest, and the Once-ler, who let greed overtake his respect for nature.

Rating: U

Little Women

The beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms – is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

Rating: U


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In Ballerina, best friends Félicie and Victor hatch a plan to escape from their rural orphanage in 19th-century France. Félicie dreams of becoming a ballerina, while Victor wants to use his brainpower to invent things.

After busting out, Félicie makes her way to the Paris Opera where she joins a class of highly trained dancers who are auditioning for the lead in a production of “The Nutcracker.”

Rating: PG

My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who have moved with their father to a new house in the countryside, while their mother recovers from illness in a nearby hospital.

They discover they share their home with some unusual creatures and even stranger neighbours including a rather large forest guardian that the girls call Totoro. When trouble occurs, their new friends will help them rediscover hope.

Rating: U


The film adaptation of Matilda by Roald Dahl tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother. Worse, Agatha Trunchbull, the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Rating: PG

Kung Fu Panda

Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of kung fu around… which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality when he joins the world of kung fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five—Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey—under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu.

But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it’s up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a kung fu master into reality? Po puts his heart — and his girth —into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.

Rating: PG

The Bee Movie

In The Bee Movie, fresh out of college, Barry the Bee finds the prospect of working with honey uninspiring. He flies outside the hive for the first time and talks to a human, breaking a cardinal rule of his species.

Barry learns that humans have been stealing and eating honey for centuries, and he realizes that his true calling is to obtain justice for his kind by suing humanity for theft.

Rating: U


In a modern adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, a little orphan meets up with a kind giant who’s supposed to eat her but instead protects her from some truly horrible giants who terrorize them both.

Rating: PG


An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks’ mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.

Rating: PG

Fly Away Home

The soaring adventure of a 13-year-old girl and her estranged father who learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them to fly! Starring Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin and Dana Delaney.

Rating: U


When Captain James Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Rating: U


PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Rating: PG

20 Fun Family Movies to Enjoy on Netflix

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Published On: May 15th, 2022 / Categories: Entertainment / Last Updated: July 18th, 2022 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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