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REVIEWS: School Holiday Kids Movies | New Kids Movies Out Now

If the kids are restless and looking for something fun to do, why not head to the cinemas to enjoy one of the great September school holidays kids movies! These holidays there are heaps of new kids movies out now!

We have a list of the kids movies out now as well as the most family-friendly cinemas at the bottom.

Kids movies out now – September school holiday kids movies 2019

Here is a list of the new movies that we’re dying to see over the September kids school holidays 2019. Read on to see preview clips!

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (out 12th September)

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

Abomniable (out 19th September)

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Dora and The Lost City of Gold (out 19th September)

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet — high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.

Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue (out 3rd October)

It’s the ADVENTURE BAY 500! The pups have built an awesome race track and are ready to be the pit crew for their race hero, THE WHOOSH! But when the legendary racer is unable to drive in the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE, he calls on his biggest fan-pup MARSHALL to take the wheel and race in his place! Marshall has to overcome his lack of confidence and his dastardly competition, THE CHEETAH, to fulfil his dream of becoming the FASTEST race-pup EVER! Get ready to race and rescue!

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We love keeping track of all the best kids movies! Read on below to see our favourites from seasons gone by. Luckily, many of these films are now available via screening services so you can get your movie on any time you like! 

Kids movies out now – Winter school holiday kids movies 2019

Here’s a list of new kids movies that will be coming out for the Winter school holidays in 2019. Read below to find out more!

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (out 20th June)

Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.

Toy Story 4 (out 20th June)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

The Lion King 2019 (out 17th June)

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Here Comes The Grump (out 1st August)

An evil wizard presides over the entire world and has banished all happiness, smiling and laughter. Terry, a normal boy, teams up with a princess to put a stop to the wizard’s reign and return happiness to the world.

Mia and the White Lion (out 8th August)

Young Mia’s life gets turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion named Charlie is born, the 10-year-old finds happiness once again as she develops a special bond with the growing cub. When Mia uncovers a secret that puts Charlie in danger, she sets out on an incredible journey across the wild plains to find a sanctuary for her beloved friend.

A Dog’s Journey (out 15th August)

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

That’s our wrap up for Winter school holiday kids movies. Scroll down to see our favourites from holidays gone by! 

Kids movies out now – Easter school holiday kids movies 2019

Here’s a list of new movies for kids out NOW for the Easter school holidays 2019. Read below to find out more!

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (out 21st March)

Everything is awesome! Or is it?! Join Emmett and pals as they embark on the next chapter in their totally awesome saga. If you thought DUPLO was an innocent toy then you’re in for a shock!

Dumbo 2019 (out 28th March)

The timeless classic that is DUMBO has been given a 21st century facelift. This beautiful film will be sure to delight, entrance and surprise audiences young and old, Our tip? Take the tissues

Wonder Park (out 4th April)

Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. It’s a visual delight with some great messages for families to take away from. This is definitely the kind of kids movie you won’t mind sitting through! 

Missing Link (out 11th April)

Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link, who is 8 feet tall and covered in fur,  recruits  Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the valley of Shangri-La. Along with Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters face lots of danger as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.

Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (released May 2)

While not technically during the Easter holidays, something special is going on for Peppa Pig fans! This is an hour long film (divided into ten minute shorter episodes) that involves singing and dancing components – perfect for little Piggies to enjoy!

It’ll be a fun experience for those new to the cinema as it will be easier for shorter attention spans – as well as those who like to get up and boogie!

Kids movies – Summer school holiday kids movies 2018 and 2019

Here is your list of new kids moviesout NOW and in the lead up to the Christmas holidays 2018/2019. There are lots of great flicks, as you can tell, and some will be screening quite soon in certain cinemas. Score! Check with your local cinemas for screening times.

Patrick – November 8th

A super cute flick for any dog lover (particularly if PUG is your breed of choice).  Watch how Patrick makes mischief in a woman’s life after she takes him in when her grandmother passes away. This is a great one about pet ownership and responsibility (and there are plenty of funny parts for mum and dad as well).

Penguins – November 8th

This is a DisneyNature film, wherein voiceovers and narrative have been added onto existing documentary footage. This is a great choice for lovers of movies like Happy Feet and parents who don’t mind a little learning to accompany their holiday film viewing.

Wheely – November 8th

Wheely is an underdog taxi cab AND a racer! He wants to be the king of the  road in Gasket City. He has a chance encounter with a model car, Bella di Monetti, and falls in love with her. It’s a case of uptown girl meets downtown cab!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald  – November 15th

This is definitely one for the older kids, particularly those Harry Potter fans! (And aren’t we all, really?) This is the sequel to the first Fantastic Beasts film which charts the pre-Potter Hogwarts crowd. Dumbledore enlists the help of former student Newt Scamander to help thwart the event Grindelwald’s plan of ruling over all Muggles. It might be a little scary so be cautious with who you take to see it!

The Nutcracker & The Four Realms – November 22nd

A golden thread leads Clara to a magical key needed to unlock a mysterious box. She’s drawn into a mysterious parallel world where she meets Phillip the soldier, a hearty group of mice and those who preside over three realms. She must journey into the fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony.

Pokemon – The Power of Us – November 25th

Pokemon at the movies! (It’s you and me… You know it’s our destiny!) This dubbed special feature follows Ash and Pikachu (do you think the other Pokemon get jealous?) as they save the day when a small town is threatened by a mysterious turn of events. (Oh, you’re my best friend… in a world we must defend… POKEMON!)

The Grinch – November 29th

Time to get Christmassy! (Or un-Christmassy, as the Grinch would prefer it). This tale-as-old-as-time follows the mean old Mr Grinch as he tries to steal all the joy out of Christmas. This is a re-imagined holiday classic and well-worth taking the little ones to see!

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer – December 6th

This is a cute film with a real under-dog theme to it. Blitzen delivers a shock announcement on December 21st that he’ll be retiring. It’s up to Elliot, a miniature horse, to train for three solid days to fulfil his lifelong dream of earning a spot in Santa’s crew.

Spider-Man 3D (animated) Into the Spider-Verse – December 13

Spider-Man mentors a teenager to become the next web-slinging superhero. This is a great one for the superhero fans in your house but without the wide-scale violence you often see in live action films. A cute little school holiday afternoon viewing!

Ralph Breaks the Internet – December 26th

Did you love Wreck It Ralph? Who didn’t! The team are BACK and this time, they’re taking advantage of wi-fi! This is a high-action, high-laughs and high-fivin’ laugh-a-minute film for the whole family. This is definitely the one to see (in this reviewer’s humble opinion). You may even end up going twice!

Mary Poppins Returns – January 1st

Name a more iconic film than the original Mary Poppins. We’ll wait.

This film sees Mary Poppins return to help the next generation of Banks children navigate a work-life balance. The beautiful Emily Blunt takes over the big carpet bag and she’s just magical. This is a joyous, spectacular film that will bring out the magic in your kids as the original did when you were little.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – January 3rd

Hiccup has built a dragon utopia that’s threatened by the appearance of a female Light Fury. Together, Hiccup and Toothless leave and journey to a hidden world that had prior to been thought to be only a myth. Dragon and Rider must work together to protect everyone and everything they’ve ever known.

Instant Family – January 10th

This is an excellent film for any family to see and a great way to unpack just what we should be so grateful and appreciative for. A couple want to start a family so turn to foster care where they end up taking in THREE siblings overnight. They went from no kids to three – just like that! Now everyone has to adjust and figure out what it means to be together and to be a family.

Storm Boy – January 17th

Storm Boy is a much-loved Australian classic that has been re-imagined again for the big screen here. It’s the tale of a young boy growing up in South Australia who rescues three orphaned penguins. This causes a rift between him and his fisherman father and then their lives take on new and unexpected turns.

The Kid Who Would Be King – January 17th

A classic tale with a great message. Kids band together to fight against a medieval menace. Think “Goonies” style but for a new generation. This is a great end-of-school-holidays flick to catch with the kids.

Spring school holiday kids movies 2018

Here is your list of new kids movies out now and on the upcoming September school holidays 2018. There are a number of great flicks to catch and some are ALREADY screening in certain cinemas! Woohoo!

Luis and The Aliens – August 3oth

Luis is 11 and has three great new friends – a trio of lovable aliens! The awesome foursome help each other out in various ways before having the adventure of a lifetime together!

Christopher Robin – September 13th (with some early release cinemas)

Last school holidays we had the Winnie the Pooh movie and this time it’s Christopher Robin’s turn. This is probably best suited to older kids as it’s not as ‘cartoonish’ as the previous release. Christopher is all grown up but needs a little help from his old friends to rediscover the magic of childhood.

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies – September 13th

Everyone’s favourite junior superheroes have their own movie – or do they?! The Teen Titans struggle to come to terms with the fact that they’re just not as popular as the other superheroes they look up to.  Until, of course, they’re the only ones who can save the day! Teen Titans – GO!

Smallfoot – September 20th

Smallfoot is a Yeti who wants something different out of life – he wants to interact with humans. This film is very cute and stars a variety of celebrity vocal talents including James Corden and Channing Tatum.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls – September 20th

This is a family-friendly spooky movie! It’s based on a classic children’s story and is about a young orphan who goes to live with his uncle in a mysterious mansion. The allstar cast includes Jack Black and our very own Cate Blanchett!

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Kids movies out now – winter school holiday kids movies 2018

Here is your list of new kids movies out now! We’ve left a film called “Show Dogs” off this list that has been met with some controversy due to its problematic messages about grooming. At Families Magazine we are focused on child safety and do not want to recommend seeing a film that shares an inappropriate message.

Kids movies 2018

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The Incredibles 2

Can you believe they’re back at last?! This blast from the past returns in true Pixar style and it’s guaranteed to be a crowd favourite. Will Mr Incredible be able to don his former identity and save his family in time?! You’ll have to watch to find out! Release date: 14th June, 2018. Some strobe lights and more voilent than Number 1. Check this one our on Common Sense Media before you go!

Belle and Sebastian: Friends For Life

This is a subtitled French film so keep that in mind if you’re buying tickets. This is the third in a fantastic series of films about the beautiful bond between a boy and his dog. Sebastian must stand up for himself, and his best friend, when Belle and her pups are threatened. It’s heartwarming, a little tense and it will bring you all together – particularly if you’re dog lovers! (And who isn’t?) Release date: 28th June, 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3 – A Monster Vacation

They’re baaaaaaack! All your beloved, ghastly and ghoulish favourites return for yet another Hotel Transylvania adventure. This time they’re onboard… a cruise ship? There’s romance, there’s laughs to be had and there’s the tiniest bit of spookiness to thrill little viewers. Release date: 28th June, 2018.

Maya The Bee – The Honey Games

Oh, we love a good pun! Maya The Bee gathers together a rag tag band of misfit insects and bugs to compete in THE HONEY GAMES. They’re trying to save the hives’ honey – and themselves! This is a great one for little viewers and fans of the show. Release date: 26th July, 2018.

That’s the Winter school holiday movies covered. If you’re looking for older films you might find on streaming services or iTunes, have a scroll through our favourites from school holidays gone by!

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Easter School Holidays – 2018 kids movies

Here is your list!

Going for Gold

“Going for Gold” is a movie that kids who love cheering, gymnastics and dancing are going to ADORE! It’s the story of a girl who moves from America to Australia and joins a cheerleading team (that includes boys!). It’s also about the relationship between a father and daughter who have spent time apart – perfect for lots of families! “Going for Gold” is in cinemas from March 8th.

Peter Rabbit

At last, Peter and friends hop onto the big screen! If your kids love the cartoon then they’re going to be hopping mad (sorry) for the big screen version! It’s got everything you love about classic Peter Rabbit – schemes, daring escapes, humour and super-cute-bunnies! Listen hard to see if you can hear some famous voices, including Margot Robbie! Peter Rabbit will be coming to cinemas on March 22nd.

A Wrinkle In Time

This is a great science fiction fantasy story that’s a little different from the other kids films on offer these school holidays. Meg and her brother Charles travel with a friend to visit their father who is living on a distant planet. Their magical journey sees them brave a planet that contains ALL OF THE EVIL in the entire universe! Gulp! Some big names in this one, including OPRAH! “A Wrinkle In Time” crashes into cinemas on March 29th.

Early Man

Here comes a comedy from the same team that made “Wallace and Grommit” (so you know it’s gonna be GOOD). “Early Man” is about just that – prehistoric humans. But with a twist. These cavemen are battling to protect their land from the invasion of the progress of the Bronze Age. It’s a battle for the ages and it’s bound to bring a few giggles along with it. “Early Man” is in cinemas from March 29th.

Sherlock Gnomes

This is the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet and is billed as a romantic-comedy-mystery-adventure. Phew! That’s a whole lotta gnomes! The plot is that a lot of garden gnomes are mysteriously going missing so the love-struck pair have to turn to Sherlock Gnomes, renowned Gnome detective, for help. You can help them solve the mystery of the missing gnomes from March 29th.

Christmas Summer 2018 kids movies


Based on the best-selling children’s book (that’s taught in a lot of QLD high schools!), Wonder is the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences. August enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The book was INCREDIBLE and the movie (starring the likes of Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) looks like it’s going to live up to the source material. A gorgeous story for the whole family.


An all-star cast tell the story of the First Christmas. A group of misfit animals accidentally become the heroes in the story of the First Christmas! Follow their adventures as they race to be part of the birth of Jesus. This is definitely a flick to catch for families looking to show their children the religious significance behind the holiday season.


Ferdinand is a peaceful bull who would much prefer to sniff flowers and appreciate beauty than fight in the ring. However, he is soon faced with a moral dilemma and has to make a choice – will he fight or will he fold? This is a great story about not judging a book by it’s cover!


This one is a REAL tear-jerker (particularly for parents) so be warned!

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol. Keen to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Paddington 2

One bear is never enough! The beloved Paddington returns for another round of adventures. This time around, Paddington goes on an epic quest to recover a beloved item from some dastardly thieves. Will he succeed and be back in time for tea?!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji! That favourite from our childhoods that you either loved (or were terrified of) is back with a vengeance. (Well, it’s got The Rock in it so you know it’s gonna be good!) This time around, four kids are playing a video game when they’re sucked into the game and become the avatars that they’d selected. They have to solve a series of difficult conundrums and figure out a way to survive in order to escape! With a PG rating this one is for slightly older kids but you’re sure to love it as much as they will!

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park. Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

The Jungle Bunch

This one is super cute! A penguin raised by tigers defends his jungle from an evil koala and an army of baboons. This is a great pick for the whole family.

Movies that are no longer showing at cinemas

We always keep our reviews of movies from previous school holidays so you can check in to see if you think it’s suitable for your tribe! Below you’ll see aaaaaaaaall of our old information. Happy viewing!

September school holiday 2017 kids movies

Thomas and Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor

Get ready for your little Thomas fan to EXPLODE with excitement as, for the first time EVER, Thomas leaves Sodor to travel to the mainland. There he finds things beyond his wildest imagination but he learns an important lesson – friendship is more valuable than being the first, favourite or the best at everything.

Captain Underpants

Two lovable pranksters hypnotize their principal into believing he truly is CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! Hilarious hijinks ensue! Vocal talents of KEVIN HART and Ed Helms (The Office). Hilaaaaaaarious.

The Emoji Movie

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

The Lego Ninjano Movie

From the team that brought you THE LEGO MOVIE and THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. The battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu , as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.

Winter June/July School Holiday 2017 kids movies

Despicable Me 3

Buckle yourselves in, parents. Here we go. MORE MIINIONS! This ground-shatteringly successful series continues as we follow the adventures of Gru and Lucy as they try to stop Balthazar Bratt from TAKING OVER THE WORLD! (Bratt is played by Trey Parker from South Park so expect things to get SILLY)

Cars 3

The world-famous Lightning McQueen ain’t so young anymore. He’s getting pushed out of the sport he loves and replaced by newer, shinier models. He must work hard to gain his ground back with the help of a newcomer – technician Cruz Ramirez!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Just when you thought the Heffley family couldn’t get any crazier – they’re taking it on the road! Greg hatches a plan to escape from his family’s road-trip adventure to meet his YouTube idol. You can only guess how that’s going to wind up… This promises to be the funniest one YET. Read our detailed review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid here.

Easter School Holiday 2017 kids movies

Peppa Pig: My first cinema experience

The biggest star in the pre-school universe, Peppa Pig, makes her cinematic debut! Nine brand new episodes, sing-a-long content and audience participation run for about an hour. Perfect for first cinema experiences! A great choice for little kids Easter holiday movies.

Beauty and The Beast

Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme. Disney’s re-imagining of Beauty and The Beast is going to be bigger than big so make sure it’s on your list of kids Easter holiday movie must-sees! I wonder what “Be Our Guest” will look like! Look at how gorgeous this trailer is…

Power Rangers

Go go Power Rangers! A live-action, realistic remake of that kitschy classic we all loved as kids. The power rangers are a bunch of misfits who go to high school together who are suddenly given incredible powers. This one is better suited to slightly older kids as some of the fight scenes can be a little intense. It’s morphin’ time!

The Boss Baby

He’s small, he’s cute, he’s… Alec Baldwin? Make sure your trip to the cinemas to see the best Easter school holiday movies involves a high-powered business meeting with The Boss Baby. Dreamworks, you’ve done it again!

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Smurfin’ saga continues as Papa Smurf, the Smurfs and Smurfette realise they might not be the only Smurfs in all the Smurfin’ world! A tale of intrigue, adventure and tight white pants with a kickin’ soundtrack. A great choice of Easter school holiday movie for kids of any age!

The Lego Batman Movie

He’s the moody caped crusader from the first Lego Movie but he’s back… with an expansion pack. Wil Arnett is absolutely hilarious as Lego Batman coming to grips with an identity crisis. Kids will be rolling in the aisles and adults will be laughing just as hard.

Dance Academy: The Movie

This ABC series helped shape a generation of young dancers and this film picks up where it left off – seeing what the main characters are up to after they leave the academy. Drama, relationships and teen angst set against a backdrop of performance and some hardcore determination.

Jagga Jasoos

Disney would like to introduce – Jagga Jasoos. A beatboxing, nerdy, adventurous detective on a mission to find his father. Spectacular scenery, gorgeous cinematography and a uniquely quirky tale make this a perfect Easter school holiday kids movie for that child looking for something a little ‘out of the ordinary’. Go Jagga!

Kids Summer Holidays Movies

Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home? Max is used to being the favourite until his owner brings home a messy new dog named Duke. This odd couple must work together against an adorable bunny and his army of lost pets seeking revenge against former owners.

Trolls (PG)

Meet the Trolls – relentlessly happy and positive! Only there’s a slight problem – the always-sad Bergens. This is a colourful, funny and upbeat film featuring a great soundtrack. Follow the journey of Poppy and Branch as they set off on an exciting rescue mission from the creators of Shrek.

Sing (PG)

Buster Moon, a koala, has only one chance left to restore his beloved theatre to its former glory… he must put on the world’s greatest singing competition! This film has an all-star cast and some great musical numbers to really get the audience moving.

Red Dog: True Blue (PG) (Released Boxing Day)

The prequel to one of the most successful Australian movies of all time. This is a story of family, friendship and adventure with a one-of-a-kind dog who is the stuff of Aussie legend.

Moana (G) (Released Boxing Day)

The 56th animated Disney film tells the story of Moana, the determined daughter of an island chief, who is chosen by the ocean to fulfil a mystical purpose. When disaster strikes, she must set sail in search of a legendary god if she has any hope of saving her people.

A Monster Calls (PG) (Released Boxing Day)

This is the adaptation of an award-winning children’s fantasy novel. A bullied boy, with a very sick mother, escapes into a wondrous world of monsters and fairies in order to face his problems. Look for big name stars like Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson.

Monster Trucks (PG) (Released 12th January)

Tripp, a high school student bored of small town life, builds a monster truck out of bits and pieces. An accident at a nearby building site releases a mysterious creature who loves to go fast and suddenly, Tripp’s life gets a little more interesting.

Ballerina (G) (Released 12th January)

Elle Fanning and Maddie Ziegler provide voices for this story of an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina in Paris. This is an inspiring story of courage, strength and never giving up.

Middle School – The Worst Years of My Life (PG) (Released 12th January)

A quiet teenage artist has a wild imagination and is sick of the rules in middle school. He comes up with a plan with his best friend – to break every single school rule!

September 2016 – Spring School Holidays Kids Movies

Alice Through the Looking Glass

After returning to the magical world of Underland, Alice finds the Hatter to be even madder than before. She travels back in time to try and save the Mad Hatter and the fate of Underland from the evil rule of the Red Queen using the Chronosphere, a time device that everyone wants to get there hands on.

The Angry Birds Movie

Turning the popular Angry Birds game into a 3D animated comedy, in this movie we discover why the Angry Birds are so angry. Set on an island which is filled with happy flightless birds, Red, Chuck and Bomb have always been outsiders. After the islanded is invaded by mysterious green piggies it is left to these three to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

This 3D sequel to the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie shows the Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat. To prevent the end of the world, the Turtles pair up with their human friends April O’Neil and Vern Fenwick along with human vigilante Casey Jones after they come into conflict with T.C.R.I scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman. The Shredder has returned who has hired Stockman to create mutants of his own and an unknown invasion above New York City.

Finding Dory

In the sequel to Finding Nemo, Dory sets off to reunite with her loved ones and learns a few things about family along the way. Living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin, Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her. The three of them set off in a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s Marine Life Institute to try and find her mum and dad.

Ice Age 5: Collision Course

As the fifth installment to the Ice Age film series, this movie sees Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd leave their home and travel on an adventure to the exotic new lands of outer space where they encounter plenty of new characters along the way. They set off after Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn sends him outside of Earth where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that threaten the planet.

Kids Easter School Holidays Movies 2016


This Disney animated comedy is set in a world where humans never existed. Instead, the Earth is populated by walking, talking, texting animals of all kinds. In the city of Zootopia, a con artist fox goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. A rookie cop, the city’s first rabbit officer, gives chase as she sets out to prove herself. But when they both become targets of a conspiracy, the unlikely pair has to team up to get to the truth. The film has plenty of laughs and action, and is available in 2D and 3D.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Po is back, causing more mayhem and bringing us laugh out loud moments in this third film in the Kung Fu Panda series. This time, Po is reunited with his long lost father and discovers there’s a whole village of pandas, just like him. But when evil comes their way, it’s up to Po to teach the pandas how to fight like him and defend their village. The film is due out on 24 March and is available in 2D and 3D.

The Jungle Book

This “live-action” adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic is vastly different to the Disney animated film of 1967. It may be a bit much for the littlies, and will require parental guidance through some rather scary scenes of peril. The story follows Mowgli, a young boy adopted and raised by wolves since birth, who must leave his jungle home when the mighty Bengal tiger Shere Khan threatens his life, as humans are not allowed in the jungle. He’s guided by Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, and meets an array of other jungle animals – not all of whom have his best interests at heart. Through the adventure, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons in what becomes a journey of self-discovery. The film is currently scheduled for release on 7 April and is available in 2D and 3D.

Kids Christmas School Holidays Movies


If the kids are getting bored, or it’s just too hot to do much, why not head to the cinemas to enjoy one of the kids Christmas Holidays movies. These movies are playing over the summer holiday period and will suit the whole family and you will get to score some down time by taking your kids to see these school holiday kids movies in Brisbane.

Check these movies out and then find the most family friendly cinemas in Brisbane at the bottom.

Hotel Transylvania 2

This animated comedy is the sequel to the 2012 monster mash hit, Hotel Transylvania. Dracula is now a proud grandfather who becomes concerned that his grandson doesn’t seem to be growing into his vampire powers. Worried that he might not inherit his family’s gifted genes, the Count takes the child to the boot camp where he first learned to be a monster. The film is out now and is available in 2D and 3D.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Alvin, Simon and Theodore are at it again. The chipmunks are under the impression that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami….and dump them. Worried they’re going to lose Dave, and possibly gain a terrible step-brother, they hit the road to stop the proposal. The movie offers plenty of Chipmunk-style covers of popular songs, and cringe-worthy puns as well. Out Boxing Day, the film is available in 2D and 3D.

The Good Dinosaur

What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed, and dinosaurs never became extinct? This year, Pixar films has created a delightful pre-historic adventure that follows an unlikely friendship between a young human boy, Spot, and an Apatosaurus named Arlo. Arlo’s journey takes him through a harsh and mysterious landscape where he learns to face his fears and discover what he’s truly capable of. Also out on Boxing Day, the film is available in 2D and 3D.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

The iconic comic strip comes to the big screen, 65 years after its first publication. Nothing ever goes Charlie Brown’s way. He always seems to be messing up in front of Lucy, Linus, Franklin…in fact, all the kids on the block. But when a little red-haired girl moves into the neighbourhood, Charlie Brown is determined to try a bunch of new things in the hope of finding something that gets her to notice him. The film is out on New Year’s Day and is available in 2D and 3D.

September School Holiday Movies 2015


A lovely Australian family movie about a Chicken Farmer called Allan “Swampy” Marsh and his Maremma dog called ‘Oddball’.

In the early 2000’s there was a strong and successful Little Penguin (often called ‘Fairy Penguins’) colony on Middle Island off the coast of Warnambool, Victoria, Australia. However, over the years the local foxes found that they could swim over the the island to hunt for their meals – penguin dinners! The Warnambool Coastcare Landcare Group, with Oddball taking the lead decided that they needed to protect the penguins and the island before the penguins became eradicated from the island for ever. In a true story Maremma Guardian dogs were trained and placed on Middle Island to protect the Little Penguins from the marauding foxes. Oddball, the mischievous dog, who isn’t very good at protecting chickens is given a second chance to prove that he is a good dog. But will he be able to protect penguins from the foxes and will he be in time to save the last remaining penguins?

The Blinky Bill Movie

An adventurer at heart, Blinky Bill dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in the footsteps of his missing father. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a adventure that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback. Along the way he picks up some great friends – Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a frill-necked lizard who is a little nervous. Along the way they are chased constantly by a nasty cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky. The tree adventurers must work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father!

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66 responses to “REVIEWS: School Holiday Kids Movies | New Kids Movies Out Now”

  1. Faith Gray says:

    We’d love to see ‘Sing’ – music is what sustains our souls, and we’re in dire need of some music, joy and fun.

  2. Ally says:


  3. David mackinlay says:

    Would love to take my 4yr old daughter and her friends to see ballerina movie. They just finished their first year of dance school and are so excited to see it!

  4. Jen says:

    Sing my son is autistic and love dancing to songs he loved trolls because of the songs

  5. Kerrelyn Mahoney says:

    I would take the kids and hubbie to see Monster Trucks – it looks awesome!

  6. Pauline says:

    Monana please

  7. Janet Winton says:

    The Wintons would love to see Middle School – The Worst Years of My Life please!

  8. Caroline Daly says:

    Sing or Trolls would be a nice time out for a family outing. But then what about Moana, or Middle School or Monster Trucks…..oh! Who can choose ☺?

  9. Amanda says:

    I’d take my daughter to see secret life of animals. It would be her first movie and she is animal obsessed

  10. Heather Hopley says:

    Ballerina is a movie with a very positive message so I am most keen to take the children to see that. But Moana would also be wonderful.

  11. Amanda says:

    Moana – we as a family love an adventure!

  12. Leiza Morgan says:

    Monster Trucks with my toddler boy. Absolutely loves anything with wheels ?

  13. Angela Gordon says:

    My son would love to watch the monster trucks movie!

  14. Robyn Sloan says:

    My two boys have never been to the movies so I think SING would be a great introduction to the amazing world that is the MOVIES!!
    ? SING ?

  15. Jill Walton says:

    A Monster Calls looks great!

  16. Louisa says:

    I am waaaay more excited about Beauty and the Beast then my little miss 7. That is totally normal, right? She is keen to see the new Smurfs movie.

  17. Melissa Camilleri-West says:

    My little Smurfs & Smurfette & Mumma Smurf can’t wait to see Smurfs The Lost Village

  18. Kendall says:

    My girls are desperate to see Ballerina and also Beauty and the Beast?

  19. Kate says:

    Power Rangers!

  20. Sallyann O'Sullivan says:

    Any movie is a special treat for my kids. Although I feel they’d like BOSS BABY

  21. Dee says:

    Can’t wait to take my daughter to Beauty and the Beast these holidays.

  22. Kim Featherstone says:

    Boss baby

  23. Kath Rice says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  24. Belinda prentice says:

    My 2 daughter’s cant wait to see beauty and the beast!

  25. Julie says:

    The lego Batman movie looks hilarious and something we all could enjoy

  26. Kathryn says:

    Definitely want to take the children to see Boss Baby. Especially relevant with a 3 month around.

  27. Claire evans says:

    Lego batman movie looks totally awesome

  28. Lee Read says:

    How unusual does Jagga Jasoos look!!? Would love to take my boys to see this one when its released.

  29. Leanne white says:

    Beauty and the beast…maybe mumma wants to see this more!

  30. Chantal Fogg says:

    Power Rangers!

  31. Jodi matthews says:

    I will never hear the end of it if Mr 8 doesn’t get to see Boss Baby

  32. Kerry Jones says:

    My children (7,4,4) would love to see Smurfs- the lost village. We saw the trailer and they got very excited! We went to see Boss baby when school was cancelled and everyone enjoyed it.

  33. Vanessa T says:

    Will definitely have to even out seeing Dance Academy for my daughter with Lego batman for my son! Also, I would really LOVE to see Beauty and the Beast for a second time!

  34. Sandra Cox says:

    Cannot wait to see Beauty and the Beast with my 27 and 25 yo daughters – relive memories with them of the Disney classic of their childhood!

  35. Kirsty Smith says:

    Definitely the Smurfs The Lost Villiage!! We all adore Smurfs!

  36. Emma Lentz says:

    My Master 10 wants to see Boss Baby ASAP! ?

  37. LouiseB says:

    Smurfs: The Lost Village. Because I loved the Smurfs, when I was a kid & now my children love them, too.

  38. Vicki coonan says:

    Love to take my girls to see Beauty and the Beast a mixture of romance and the fight between good and evil and teaching of tollerants with ignorance

  39. Jodie Garrity says:

    My kids want to see all of them but my daughters are especially dying to see Beauty and the beast ?

  40. Vicki says:

    Definitely beauty and the beast good life lessons for every age

  41. Justine Sparrow says:

    Boss baby then the smurfs the lost village. Thanks for the opportunity

  42. Justine Sparrow says:

    Boss baby then the smurfs the lost village

  43. Kathryn says:

    Watching Smurfs: The Lost Village is high on the list of things to do these holidays

  44. Mandi White says:

    Would love to take the family to see Smurfs (The lost village)…still have my Smurf figurines from when I was a kid, so it would be a special treat to enjoy this movie together ?.

  45. Nat Langfeldt says:

    Peppa pig in Australia…my Miss 6 just LOVES Peppa

  46. Rachel says:

    My kids are keen to see Beauty and the Beast.

  47. Rachel says:

    My kids are keen to see Beauty and the Beast!

  48. Marissa says:

    Keen to see Batman Lego Movie with the kids – looks funny for both kids and adults alike !

  49. Sharlene Hamblin says:

    Kids are for Smurfs – the Lost village. They love their sequels. I however am for the classic – Beauty & The beast. They would mind it either. Was read to them as kids.

  50. Maricel says:

    Boss Baby or the Lego Batman movie ??

  51. Rebecca Olive says:

    The boss baby

  52. We are all so keen to see Beauty and the Beast ?… The Boss Baby ?? … AND Dance Academy ? (Which I know my dancing daughter is going to LOVE LOVE LOVE (maybe nearly as much as I will ???)) … yewwwww! We ❤️ Movies in the holidays!!!

  53. Stephanie says:

    The beauty and the beast 🙂

  54. Julie Glyde says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  55. Kristy says:

    All of my kiddlywinks agree (for an extremely rare change) that they want to go see boss baby ??

  56. Michelle says:

    Beauty and the Beast for sure, my 18 year old daughter loved it and has been encouraging me to go see it

  57. My three boys Ryan 10, Bailey 12, jayden 14 love watching movies at the Cinemas ? they want to watch Boss Baby, Power Rangers, Lego Movie and Smurfs ? they just watched The Kong movie last weekend they loved it ?

  58. Jules says:

    Smurfs: lost village.

  59. Jules says:

    Smurfs: lost village.

  60. Tayla says:

    I would love to see The Lego Batman movie and Dance ACADEMY and Beauty and the Beast. It will mean the world to me if i won

  61. Mandy says:

    My kids would love to see Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast, both my son and daughter dance so Dance Academy is also on the top of the list ?

  62. Ashna Kenyon says:

    The Boss Baby

  63. Jane Pearson says:

    Our girls would love to see Beauty & the Beast (and Mum & Dad would love them to see it too for the wonderful message this movie provides) “Never judge a book by its cover….you just never know what beauty may lay inside”

  64. Cassandra says:

    Beaty and the beast

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