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Whether you're desperate for new ways to entertain your children, or looking for a trip back to childhood yourself, there's nothing like a family-friendly movie to spend a carefree afternoon. And you're in luck! Between the sequels and the live-action adaptations of our favorite classics, there are plenty of new and upcoming kids' movies to get excited for.

To help you keep track of the colorful offer currently available, we've compiled a list of kids' movies in theaters now and upcoming kids' movies, the oldest releases being at the top and the ones to look forward to soon at the bottom. Make sure to also check out our recap of every upcoming live-action Disney movie scheduled for release, as well as our list of all the new and upcoming animated movies.

'Beauty And The Beast': March 17, 2017

It's not a list of new kids' movies without a classic — and this tale as old as time got a whole new look with the live-action adaptation of , starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Of all the new kids' movies in theaters this spring, this crowd-pleaser was just meant to become a box office winner.

'Smurfs: The Lost Village': April 7, 2017

Believed to be a myth by the , the lost village might actually exist — at least, that's what Smurfette is led to believe when she and her friends discover an old map that sets them on a crazy journey.

'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie': June 2, 2017

Based on the bestselling book series of the same name, is the kind of crazy epic story that could only come out of children's minds. When Harold and George inadvertently hypnotize their tyrannic principal and turn him into an underwear-loving superhero with no other power than his enthusiasm, they start wondering if they're actually taking their pranks too far.

'Cars 3': June 16, 2017

There'll be plenty of movies for kids in theaters this summer, with the long-awaited sequel to 's series. But the third installment is taking a more serious turn (heh), so make sure to only take children old enough for a car crash scene!

'Despicable Me 3': June 30, 2017

Who doesn't love Gru and his minions? Now that our grumpy hero has become less despicable, he's fighting to protect the world — and in , he needs to stop Balthazar Bratt, a fallen '80s child star with a strong taste for bling and world domination.

'The Emoji Movie': August 4, 2017

Yes, it's happening. As gray-haired studio executives scratch their heads wondering how to get millennial audiences away from Netflix and back into theaters, is releasing an . (The hashtag makes this even better.) The best part? Sir Patrick Stewart is voicing the poop emoji.

'The LEGO Ninjago Movie': September 22, 2017

After the commercial and critical success of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, the LEGO trilogy is being capped off with a ninja adventure: The movie. High schooler by day, ninja by night, Lloyd's mission is to defeat the Worst Guy Ever — who unfortunately happens to be his dad.

'Coco': November 22, 2017

A new Pixar original, Coco dives into the colorful Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, with a young boy named Coco who finds himself inadvertently propelled into a musical adventure in the land of the dead. It's going to be colorful, cheerful and emotional.

Which new kids' movies are you excited for? Which ones do you recommend?

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