A family movie night in is one of the coziest ways to cuddle up with your family and spend some quality time together, but everyone knows that nothing is like the movie theater experience. In 2016, there are 13 new kid movies coming out that all look like serious contenders for your child’s favorite movie of the year — or maybe even of all time! Time to break out your new calendar and pencil in some family outings to the movies!
Scroll through to read about the year’s upcoming feature films.
1 Norm of the North
Norm of the North
When Norm, the polar bear, is displaced from his home in the wild and finds himself in New York City, he becomes the mascot of a corporation that is trying to turn his home into a city for humans. To save his home, he embarks on a big city journey with his friends.
Arrives in theaters Jan. 15.
2 Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3
Po, the kung fu panda, is back and facing two new challenges: a supernatural villain defeating all of the kung fu masters, and dealing with the return of his long-lost panda father.
Arrives in theaters Jan. 29.
Idris Elba and Ginnifer Goodwin lend their voices to this animated kid-comedy about a fugitive con-artist fox and unexperienced rabbit police officer who band together to uncover a conspiracy.
Arrives in theaters March 4.
4 The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
If your kids already love the animated Disney classic The Jungle Book, they’ll love this CGI-live-action reboot coming out in April. Stick around until the end for a familiar whistled version of one of the original film’s best songs!
Arrives in theaters April 15.
5 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Alice Through the Looking Glass
In Tim Burton’s sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice returns to Wonderland and goes back in time to save the Mad Hatter from Time himself.
Arrives in theaters May 27.
6 Finding Dory
It’s a sequel that adults and children alike have been waiting for since 2003! Ellen DeGeneres is back to voice Dory — everyone’s favorite forgetful fish — in a new adventure with her friends to find her family (who she now kind of remembers!).
Arrives in theaters June 17.
7 The BFG
Based on the Roald Dahl classic, The BFG is the story of a girl named Sophie who encounters the Big Friendly Giant. Unlike other giants, the BFG refuses to eat little boys and girls and was therefore declared an outcast for being kindhearted and gentle.
Arrives in theaters July 1.
8 The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets
Do you really think your pet just lies around all day and waits for your family to get home? In this adorable animated feature, your family will find out exactly what it is that your pet really does all day. Hint: they don’t just sit and wait for you by the door!
Arrives in theaters July 8.
9 Pete’s Dragon
Image Source: Disney
A remake of the 1977 classic, Pete’s Dragon is about an orphan boy who runs from his abusive adoptive parents with his pet dragon and seeks refuge with a couple who lives in a lighthouse.
Arrives in theaters Aug. 12.
Image Source: Dreamworks
Based on the Troll dolls of your childhood, Trolls is an upcoming computer-animated musical in which two trolls — voiced by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake — embark on a journey that’s out of their world.
Arrives in theaters Nov. 4.
11 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
From within the world of Harry Potter comes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. If your child already loves Harry and the gang, get them excited for this film about a group of secret wizards in New York over 70 years before Harry attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Arrives in theaters Nov. 18 (which gives your family plenty of time to catch up on the book and movie versions of Harry Potter beforehand!).
Disney’s newest princess comes in the form of Moana, a young Hawaiian woman who is the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. The sea-voyaging enthusiast sets off on an epic journey to find a fabled island in this film your little ones are sure to love.
Arrives in theaters Nov. 23.
13 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiars
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiars
Image Source: 20th Century Fox
Based on the young adult book by Ransom Riggs, this story features Jacob, a teenager who follows clues to a mysterious island. He uncovers the ruins of an abandoned old school for “peculiar children” and makes an interesting discovery — the former occupants may have possessed amazing powers and may still be alive.
Arrives in theaters Dec. 25.