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10 Kids Movies for the School Holidays

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by Adam Hennessy ( (subscribe)
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Published June 20th 2013
Occupy the kids with movies this holidays
There are so many good movies to entertain the kids these school holidays without breaking the budget and going to the cinema. Here is a list of ten films, some old, some more recent, that are suitable for the youngest of kiddie, but I am sure older kids will love them too. I know I do!

Space Jam
A chance for the sporty kids out there see Michael Jordan in all his glory and also a good time to give a lesson on the best athlete there was back in the day. Even for those less athletically inclined the whole Looney Tunes gang is here to make to coldest day feel just that little bit warmer.

Sit back and watch the big green ogre and his trusty steed (Donkey) laugh their way through fairy-tale adventure after fairy-tale adventure. This is a good option, even for the youngest kids among us. There is not much to fear from this ogre, he is very hard to dislike.

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I watched this Disney gem recently with my eight year old. He loved it and I remembered just how good it is. The Genie is hilarious, as is Iago, the parrot offsider of the big bad guy. Magical carpets, chases, magic and fun, it is hard to go past this for kids and adults alike.

Princess Bride
We move away from animation for this next film and we go back a little as well. The Princess Bride is truly a kid's classic and should be used as an example of how to make a kids movie that speaks to the children not down to them or at them. This is action, adventure, giants, pirates, huge rats and love all wrapped up in a kid friendly bundle. Grab the book too and you can get twice the fun out of the one title.

The Goonies
While we are on non-animated selection I do not think you can go past the The Goonies. This was one of my favourite movies as a kid and it still holds up today. This is classic Spielberg adventure, booby traps, pirate curses and mobsters. See a young Josh Brolin and Sean Astin swashbuckler and bumble their way to fortune and glory.

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The Goonies

Flushed Away
This is a British animated film about a posh mouse that gets flushed down into the sewers system under London. He has to adapt and survive all that this adventure throws at him. It is not the most well know film, but it is funny and has a real heart, andso with voice talent like Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Ian McKellen it is worth having a look.

How to Train Your Dragon
This is a classic tale of finding a friend in and unusual place. A young wanna-be dragon hunter makes friends with a dragon. The animation and action in this film is spectacular and must be seen to be believed. Get in now because part two is coming next year.

Rise of the Guardians
Hugh Jackman is the Easter Bunny! That line alone should be encouragement enough to make you want to see this film. Santa is a tattooed Russian and the tooth fairy has some serious moves in this action animation with plenty of heart and laughs. This will keep the kids engaged and happy.

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The Rise of the Guardians

Do not be put off thinking it is only a girls film. Get your boys to sit and watch this - I promise they will love it. How could they not? Based on a Roald Dahl book, Matilda is a magical story of a little girl making the most out of some really bad situations. This is a hear-warming and hilarious film.

The Muppets
I am referring here to the latest Muppet film released in 2011, staring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and of course the Muppets themselves. I was apprehensive upon seeing this film with my kids, as I loved the Muppets growing up, but there was no need to fear, it is a really good film and a fitting tribute to and potential return of a childhood institution.

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