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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 bottom and the ones to look forward to soon at the top.

'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.

'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, so make sure to only take children old enough for a car crash scene!

'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.

'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 is about to get 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, we can already tell this one will be sitting at the top of the box office!

'The LEGO Batman Movie' – February 10, 2017

The humor in the LEGO movies might be less for young children and more for teenagers, but even if kids don't get the jokes, they'll be sure to have a great time watching toys come to life. Following up to The LEGO Movie, the sees Batman as grumpy as ever — and forced to take up a sidekick, the cheerful and innocent Robin.

'Lost & Found' – January 6, 2017

Pirates and treasure maps will always be a classic kids' movie trope. While there's no Jack Sparrow in , there's indeed a map leading to an exciting treasure: two teenagers find out their grandfather hid his fortune on a remote island, and set out to find it.

'Sing' – December 21, 2016

Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Minions, came back this Christmas with an adorable movie boasting an incredible cast, from Reese Witherspoon to Matthew McConaughey and Taron Egerton. is about a theater-managing koala who decides to host a singing competition, and all of the hopeful contestants in the show.

'Moana' – November 23, 2016

If you're hoping your children will finally learn something else by heart than "Let It Go," you'll be as delighted as them to hear "How Far I'll Go," the instant hit sung by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho in , one of the best kids' movies in theaters recently. The Polynesian adventure is as much of a visual dream as it is an exciting story, and will certainly join the ranks of old Disney classics in the future!

'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' – November 18, 2016

J. K. Rowling's latest extension of the universe is PG-13, and for good reason: Plenty of scenes in are too scary for young kids. But if your teenager is letting out desperate cries of boredom, see if you can still catch this one in theaters. If they become hooked, there'll be four sequels to look forward to!

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

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