Summer is made for days at the pool, the beach or summer camp—or, when none of those is possible, for watching movies about hitting the pool, going to the beach or staying at summer camp. With that in mind, here’s a list of the 50 best summer movies for kids, a selection of films set during the year’s haziest days or in tropical locales ideal for summer viewing.
Some of the coming-of-age tales mentioned here may be more appropriate for older preteens and teens; when that applies, that is duly noted. Also, with one exception, no R-rated flicks make the cut. Kids, when you’re a little older, you’ll get to watch Meatballs and National Lampoon’s Vacation.