V-Day games may be entertaining on Valentine’s Day. Homemade cards are adorable. When the dishes are cleaned and it’s time to assemble as a group, nothing beats a family movie night. However, Valentine’s Day movies for kids are difficult to find – you have to strike a balance between stories that aren’t too mushy for those who are embarrassed by smooching, stories that aren’t too adult for the small ones, and stories that aren’t too dull for the parents.
Here are our recommendations for the finest Valentine’s Day movies for kids. Some of them go into many forms of love tales, ranging from sibling connections and best friendships to the all-important capacity to love oneself. Some are more classic romances, yet they include younger characters to whom children may identify. There are a few high school romances available for tweens and adolescents. There are fresh options, including some of our favorite kids’ movies from 2021, as well as old favorites. Yes, some have smooched. (They can close their eyes). So, get a box of heart-shaped candies or other delicious things to snack on as you watch one of them.
1. The Princess Diaries (2001)
Mia Thermopolis’ world is flipped upside down when the California girl discovers she is the heir to the throne and Princess of Genovia. This lovely, feel-good film stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which focuses on finding Mia a royal mate, is a princess journey with even more romance.
2. Trolls (2016)
The Trolls, who are brightly colorful and joyful, are all about promoting love and pleasure. Their happy existence is flipped upside down as gloomy, hateful Bergens threaten to ruin everything. The animated short will have everyone singing and dancing thanks to Justin Timberlake’s enticing music.
3. Wall-E (2008)
Wall-E is a lot of things. It’s a space-based sci-fi adventure. It’s a fable about the environment. But it’s also the story of a cute robot and the amazing companionship he discovers after years of working alone.
4. The Princess Bride (1987)
This timeless fairy tale puts a new spin on the age-old damsel-in-distress scenario. It’s based on William Goldman’s fantasy novel of the same name, and it’s full of comedy, adventure, and, of course, romance. This 1987 film, starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes, is regarded as a pop cultural classic.
5. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
It chronicles what occurs when a human unintentionally stumbles onto a motel for monsters, capturing the interest of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, on Halloween or Valentine’s Day. If your kids are fans of Drac and Mavis, there is a complete series of Hotel Transylvania films to choose from, including Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, a fourth feature that was released in January.
6. Cinderella (2021)
Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect) directs a new Cinderella adaption that incorporates numerous pop songs as part of the musical soundtrack. The narrative is also a departure from the usual prince-meets-girl scenario.
7. My Girl (1991)
The first love is always the most passionate – and it never lasts. This one is appropriate for older children who can withstand a tragic love story.
8. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
This animated musical is set in New Orleans and follows Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a superb cook and ambitious restaurateur who is wrongly transformed into a frog by Prince Naveen. An malevolent power has also transformed Prince Naveen into an amphibian! To break their spells, the couple must work together.
9. The Little Prince (2015)
This recreated animation expands on the original story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The universal themes of love, adventure, and friendship are central to this 2015 remake.
10. Frozen (2013)
This Oscar-winning animated musical explores the story of Anna and Elsa’s strong friendship in the cold realm of Arendelle, demonstrating that familial love is just as vital as romantic love.
11. Luca (2021)
There’s romantic love and then there’s the love that youngsters feel when they get to ride a Vespa. Which is the most powerful? Three youngsters on the Italian Riviera form a relationship in Luca while attempting to construct, win, or ride a scooter — all while harboring a great secret — but they end up with much more.
12. Shrek (2001)
This Academy Award-winning animated film stars Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy. The 2001 film follows Shrek, an ogre on a mission to save Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with the help of his wisecracking, adorable donkey who delivers unending hilarity. Nonetheless, there is a touching lesson at the end about embracing yourself just as you are.
13. Charlotte’s Web (1973)
This 1973 animated adaptation of one of the world’s most cherished children’s books brings to life one of the world’s most beloved children’s novels. When a spider called Charlotte hears of the destiny of her buddy Wilbur the Pig, she does everything she can to keep him safe while educating him and other barnyard animals about love and friendship.
14. UglyDolls (2019)
As they seek acceptance in a society that favors conformity, a slew of misfit dolls are confronted with the ideas of perfectionism and originality. The 2019 animated musical conveys a message of self-love to the whole family.
15. Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)
This 3D computer-animated film, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, puts a family-friendly twist on the timeless tale of forbidden love. If your children appreciate it, they may continue on to the sequel, Sherlock Gnomes, which is less of a love tale.
16. The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Charlie Brown can never seem to get a break. The hapless guy in this 2015 computer-animated comedy becomes smitten by the Little Red-Haired Girl who arrives into his neighborhood. In this narrative of unrequited love based on Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts, he and his pet dog, Snoopy, have mishaps. If your children enjoy Charlie Brown’s love adventures, there’s also Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown on Apple TV+.
17. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Take a look at the Reese’s Pieces! This sci-fi classic follows an attractive extraterrestrial who arrives on Earth and befriends a lonely little kid. The duo is on a quest to bring the alien, wide-eyed creature home.
18. The Little Rascals (1994)
This 1994 film depicts a bunch of naughty young men who set out to run a no-girls-allowed organization. When Spanky and Buckwheat learn that their friend Alfalfa is having an affair with a girl named Darla, they attempt everything they can to stop their blooming relationship in this hilarious escapade.