Guide to Summer Movies for Kids in the Albuquerque Area


Grabbing some popcorn, candy, and watching a movie is a family past time we will never tire of. As summer rolls around, most theaters in Albuquerque have something to offer for kids to get out of the heat and into their favorite movies these next few months.

If you want to have movie days at home, we asked our contributors their favorite kids’ movies of all time! Here are some more movies to show your kiddos:

Dena: There are too many favorite movies to choose from but my go-to’s were always Thumbelina, Fern Gully, and Anastasia. I think there’s something magical about tiny, mystical creatures!

Jade: Mulan–I loved that Mulan defied the normal. She wasn’t the “perfect lady,” and I felt that way growing up. I felt tough and related to Mulan in many ways.

Erin: I love The Lion King because it’s one of the only movies I remember going to see with my dad. I was so excited, but he fell asleep during it. I was mad but happy.

Fran: I would have to say The Lion King for sure. I would even say Lion King 2. After that would be Sleeping Beauty!

Felicia: Finding Nemo and The Parent Trap. Nemo was such an adorable movie about overcoming obstacles and sticking together when things get tough and scary. The Parent Trap was a great feel good, make you laugh flick.

Marybeth: So many good ones! I loved The Lion King (only partially for JTT) and would make my mom play the soundtrack everywhere. I now play it for my kids.

Guide to Summer Movies will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Thank you to Manzano Day School for sponsoring this Guide to Summer Movies.

Manzano Day School is an independent, non-profit elementary school serving pre-k through fifth grade in Albuquerque. It has provided generations of children with a strong foundation for lifelong learning in our diverse world. Community is at the heart of Manzano Day School, as everyone practices core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, and striving for excellence. With an average class size of 18, students are taught to think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate effectively, and act compassionately. A Manzano Day School education includes an outdoor environmental classroom in the Jemez Mountains and six co-curricular classes, including art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology, all woven into every student’s schedule.

Manzano Day School understands that a child’s education is a significant investment in their future. The school is committed to making education accessible to all and, therefore, offers financial aid based on demonstrated need and available funds. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the Admission Office at 505-243-6659 or email [email protected].

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