Summer is quickly approaching and that means trips to the beach, the zoo, the park, and the pool with your children.  But what can you do on those dreaded rainy summer days?  What is an easy way to beat the heat and not feel guilty about staying indoors?  How about those days you just want to take it easy?  Make a trip to your local movie theater!

Here are some of the most hyped family-friendly movies to be on the lookout for in Summer 2017:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Couldn’t get “Hooked on a Feeling” out of your head after seeing the first Guardians film?  Wondering what is next for Starlord and his band of ragtag galaxy defenders?  Then get ready for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!  Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the new-found family struggles to stay together as they travel through the cosmos and help Peter Quill find out more about his parents.  Release Date: May 5th.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature – The mayor of Oakton City plans on turning Liberty Park into a large and dangerous amusement park.  In The Nut Job 2, Surly the Squirrel and his fellow park animals team up to stop the crooked mayor from bulldozing their home and save the park!  Release Date: May 19th.

Captain Underpants – If you remember reading the children’s novel series by Dav Pilkey, then you’ll be happy to see Captain Underpants making its debut on the big screen!  Prankster best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins hypnotize their principal into becoming their made-up comic book character Captain Underpants.  Together, they embark on a journey to fight the evil scientist known as Professor Poopypants.  Release Date: June 2.

Cars 3 – A new generation of high-tech cars and a terrible crash has many wondering if Lightning McQueen will finally retire from racing.  In Cars 3, McQueen trains with race technician Cruz Ramirez and sets out to make his comeback at the Florida 500 to prove that he is still the best race car in the world.  Release Date: June 16th.

Despicable Me 3 – It’s no secret that the Despicable Me franchise is one of Dreamworks’ most popular.  Minions can be found on backpacks, toothbrushes, shirts, and now cereal!  They even earned their own movie!  But when Gru is faced with a diamond thief and the appearance of his long-lost, more successful brother in Despicable Me 3, the gang comes back together for one last criminal heist.  Release Date: June 30th.

The Emoji Movie – Emojis – we cannot seem to get enough of them!  Now your favorite smiley faces will be hitting the big screen.  The Emoji Movie follows emoji Gene who is embarrassed that he has many facial expressions, unlike the rest of the emojis in Textopolis, as he sets out on a quest to become a normal emoji.  Release Date: August 4th.

What movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?  Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she studies Linguistics and Computer Science.  Jane plays trombone and lacrosse and is the biggest animal lover you'll meet!