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Weekend Movie Night? Here are 9 Kid-friendly Movies to Watch on Netflix

by on 31/01/2021 2760

As we are cooped up in our homes for the weekends because of the Movement Control Order (MCO), you may find an increase in TV time with your kids - movie nights are the norm for most families during this time, especially on weekends. 

However, while Netflix's extensive library of movies and series is a godsend, picking a kid-friendly movie is probably a struggle we have all faced. So, here are our top seven picks for kid-friendly movies, that you may have not watched yet and is enjoyable for the entire family. 

1. Hugo


Based on the book titled "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", the story follows a young orphaned boy who lives on a railway. He befriends a young girl and reveals his secret plan of finishing an automaton his late father had dreamt of. They embark on a journey to find a key that could unlock his plan. 

2. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

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With various Spiderman movies popping out almost yearly, it can be hard to keep up. This animated version follows spider-teen Mile Morales who is visited by his alternate-world counterparts with a mission to prevent the collapse of the universe after the portal opened. With a heart-warming message that anyone can be a hero, this might just be the movie your kids need right now. 

3. Richie Rich

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A classic movie from the 90s, this one is definitely for the parents too! The story follows the world's richest kid, who has been aptly named "Richie Rich", and his plan to take down a top executive looking to ruin his father's company. Expect scenes featuring rollercoasters in home, cunning, yet adorable tactics from this nostalgic movie! 

4. Bolt

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The story follows Bolt, a celebrity canine who stars in a show as a super-dog. He believes his powers are real and embarks on an adventure to find his owner, only to find himself lost in the streets of the Big Apple. Full of laughable and comedic moments. the movie also feature light-hearted scenes which tug at your heartstrings. 

5. Free Willy

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Another classic to revisit, Free Willy tells the story of a street kid named Jesse who befriends a killer whale. Jesse then takes the tasks of protecting his whale friend  to free it from its exploitative owners who want to kill the animal. 

6. Pachamama


Pachamama is a goddess worshipped by the indigenous people of the Andes. This movie tells the tale of a 10-year-old boy who dreams of becoming his village’s shaman. However, the boy finds himself with his bestfriend and a talking llama to find a ceremonial golden statue after a villainous Incan overload steals it.

7. The Rugrats Movie

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Rugrats will always remain a Nickelodeon kid-tv show legend, with the smart and practical Tommy and his friends falling into the cutest adventures. In the movie, a disgruntled Tommy wants to return his baby brother Dil to the hospital only to find himself lost in the woods with his baby friends. This heart-warming tale showcases the importance of sibling-hood and the bond of friendship. 

8. Where the Wild Things Are

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This follows a young boy named Max, who feels misunderstood and runs away from home in a wolf costume. He finds himself in an imaginary forest where mysterious wild creatures crown him as their ruler. Max promises to do good in his new kingdom, but quickly finds that ruling is not as easy as it may seem. 

9. Ramona and Beezus

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A tale between two sisters, the story follows Ramona and her sister Beezus, who now have to cope with changes after their dad loses his job. Ramona is a grade-school student with a big imagination and begins to dream up plans to save up money to keep their home. 


Set Netflix parental controls for your kids

Let's admit that the TV can be considered as co-parent during this crucial stay-at-home time - it keeps your kids occupied and you in peace (even just for a while). However, to ensure that they are using the platform safely, Netflix has updated its parental control based on user feedback and this is what you can do:

Parents can now: 

  • PIN protect individual profiles to prevent kids using them
  • Tailor their kids Netflix experience by filtering out titles that are not appropriate for their age. We’ve built these filters using country ratings so they are more intuitive
  • Remove individual series or films by title. When this filter is used, the blocked title(s) won’t show up anywhere in that profile.
  • Easily review each profile’s setting using the “Profile and Parental Controls” hub within account settings;
    • See what their kids have been watching within the profile created for them; and
    • Turn off auto play of episodes in kids profiles.
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With that being said, happy watching!

This article was first published on theAsianParent.