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When Vacay Activities Have You Spent, Wind Down With These Family-Friendly Flicks

They’re like a vacation within a vacation.

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Vacations are all about relaxation, right? After running around with the fam, cuddling up with a flick everyone can enjoy is the perfect way to end an action-packed day. These family-friendly movies will help everyone chill out from vacay excitement.

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Sing 2 | 2022

Buster Moon and his talented friends take their show to the next level. And after catching the attention of a dangerous yet influential producer, their dreams just might come true if they can get super rock star Clay Calloway to join their new show. This flick is filled with star-studded voices that belong to Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, and Bono!

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Camp Nowhere | 1994

Camp Nowhere walked so Camp Rock could run, and although there's no singing involved, your kid will love it all the same. A group of kids create an adult-free camp to avoid going to the boring summer camps picked out by their parents. It seems like a kids-rule-summer until their parents ask to visit.

Hollywood Pictures

The Lizzie McGuire Movie | 2003

Lizzie and her classmates embark on a school trip to Rome, where she pretends to be a mega pop star who looks exactly like her. She has a unique and romantic experience, but things turn sour when Lizzie discovers the truth about her celebrity doppelgänger.

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Cheaper by the Dozen | 2022

With 10 kids, the Baker household is anything but peaceful. As the couple, played by Zachary Braff and Gabrielle Union, try to launch their breakfast-themed restaurant, they must also navigate the hijinks and hilarity of their blended family.

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Mulan | 2020

Remember Disney’s 1998 animated film Mulan? Well, this is the live-action remake, and it.kicks.ass (literally). A young girl takes her elderly father’s place in a war by disguising herself as a man in order to enter the Imperial Army. Mulan becomes a war hero and saves the emperor of China during an action-packed adventure.

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold | 2019

Dora is all grown up and a teenage explorer. As she adapts to suburban life after being raised in the jungle, she finds it hard to fit in. But when she must return home to save her parents and find the lost city of gold, her new classmates help her along the way. It's an excellent movie for kids and jam-packed with nostalgic feels.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home | 2019

Even during his summer break in Europe, Spider-Man can't catch a break. Nick Fury high jacks Peter's euro excursion and recruits him for a mission to fight an elemental creature. But as Peter dives deeper into the case, he learns the real villain is much more sinister.

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Paddington | 2014

A young Peruvian bear goes to London to find a home. After getting lost in Paddington Station, he stumbles upon the Brown family, who takes him in. (Pro tip: The sequel is every bit as magical, so cue that one up next if your fam is down for a two-fer!)


The Greatest Showman | 2017

A poor man works to make his dreams of glitz and glamour come true by opening a circus. After putting on successful shows night after night, P. T. Barnum still longs for more and almost loses himself along the way. The Greatest Showman has a solid celebrity cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Zac Efron.

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The Sea Beast | 2022

A scrappy young girl stows away on sea monster hunter Jacob Holland’s ship, and together they embark on an incredible adventure into the mysterious world of the sea. Along the way, they learn the kind of life lessons kids of any age can appreciate.

Netflix Animation

Murder Mystery | 2019

A New York City cop and his wife set off to Europe for an impromptu vacation. During their travels, they meet an unlikely friend who wraps them in a dangerous adventure filled with murder, comedy, and unanswered questions.

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Blended | 2014

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunite again for a romantic comedy. In Blended, they play single parents who end up on a vacation to Africa after a super awkward blind date.

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