Valentine’s Day is not quite the same the moment I became a mom. It’s no longer a dinner for two date (maybe not for now). There are different ways to spend the day, especially if you have a toddler at home. Staying in and bonding with the family is one great way to spend Valentine’s Day. And if a marathon of Valentine’s Day movies is on your list of things to do, you’ve come to the right place.
While there are tons of family-friendly Valentine’s Day movies to watch, I picked the following to suit families with toddlers. Toddlers enjoy things all colorful; anything with animals on it will also fascinate them. Here are 14 Valentine’s Day Movies to watch with the family.
#1. Lady and the Tramp
Treat your toddler to a Disney animated classic featuring dogs as the stars of the show. Pampered pooch Lady finds herself out on the streets whose life has changed after her humans had a baby. While out, she made a friend in Trump, a stray mutt who becomes her protector. Together, the two fall in love but the difference in their world threatens their blossoming romance.
#2. The Lorax
The young Ted lives in a place without nature – no trees, flowers, etc. He wants to win the heart of the girl of his dreams, Aubrey. To do that, he needs to show her what she desires – a tree. This is such a beautiful story about caring for the environment that your child needs to see.
#3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine
The story of Alvin developing an alter ego to impress the chipmunk who rejected his offer to a Valentine Ball. Why your child will love this? Because it’s the Chipmunk team!
#4. Beauty and the Beast
Another classic that should be included in the list of Valentine’s Day movies for the family. The enchanted things in the castle will entertain your little one.
Shrek (and its sequels) is another perfect Valentine’s Day movie that your kids will enjoy. There’s the talking donkey and animal characters that will keep them entertained.
#6. Gnomeo and Juliet
It’s pretty much Romeo and Juliet love story – except that this is a gnome-version. I haven’t seen this movie but I should put it on my watchlist.
#7. Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You
Pooh and his pals embark on an exciting adventure full of love. The group went out to look for Smitten (love bug), which may have bitten Christopher Robin. Winnie the Pooh stories are perfect anytime as they tell about friendship and love.
#8. Finding Nemo
Because Valentine’s Day is not always about romance and lovers. Generally, it’s about love – and Finding Nemo happens to tell the story of love between parent and child and among friends. Your kid will surely love this animated film.
#9.A Bug’s Life
This is one of Kai’s favorite animated film. There’s romance brewing between Flik and soon-to-be-queen of the ant colony, Princess Atta. But beyond that, there’s a story about friendship and great adventure.
#10. Beethoven’s 2nd
Why shouldn’t this be included in the list of Valentine’s Day movies for the family? Beethoven’s 2nd is the story of Beethoven, the St. Bernard, finding love in Missy.
Tarzan and Jane meet and fall in love. But the story brings you more adventure in the jungle. Not to mention — talking animals that your toddler will enjoy.
We recently watched Coco and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be included in the list. It’s a heartwarming story about dreams and the love of a family. Don’t miss out on Coco!
#13. Hunchback of Notre Dame
A personal favorite! Hunchback of Notre Dame has a love triangle element to it. The music is awesome I bought a tape of its OST when I was a kid. Your kid will find the gargoyles and Quasimodo’s look interesting.
#14. The Lion King
Last but definitely not the least, probably one of the greatest animated films there is! Nala and Simba’s love story contributes to the romantic element of the movie. But what stands out is the lessons that the family can get from the film. And of course, the characters are animals so your kid will surely enjoy watching.
Which kid-friendly Valentine’s Day movie is your favorite? Have you got more to add on the list? Let me know in the comments section below.