Movie Musicals for Children

Children love movies, especially if there's a lot of catchy tunes and movement involved. If you have a child who is musically inclined, one of the easiest things to do to nurture her gift is to expose her to good musical movies. Not only will she learn new things, she will also have fun watching it. Here is a list of popular movies for kids; it's a mix of new and classic movie musicals the whole family will enjoy.

The Sound of Music

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Considered one of the best screen musicals ever made, the Sound of Music is the story of Maria, a young nun who left the convent and was sent to work as a governess to 7 high-spirited children. There she meets their widowed father, Captain Von Trapp, a naval officer who runs his family military style. Amidst the political chaos, Maria and Captain Von Trapp find themselves falling in love. With beautiful, timeless music, this is a must-see.

Mary Poppins

This is the story of two children, Jane, and Michael, whose lives drastically changed upon the arrival of their new nanny, Mary Poppins. This magical nanny transforms the lives of these two unruly children and their busy parents. Songs in this film will surely delight kids of any age.

The Wizard of Oz

The story of a girl named Dorothy who was whisked away from her hometown by a tornado and transported to a strange place called Oz. Here she meets strange creatures and finds some real friends along the way. A classic adventure filled with memorable tunes your child will love.


This classic story of a red-haired orphan girl named Annie will surely delight children of any age. She sings of her dreams to break away from her life in the orphanage that is run by a very strict matron. Annie wins over the affection of a billionaire who eventually adopts her. The songs featured here are catchy and adorable, kids will love it.

Singin' in the Rain

Features the very talented Gene Kelly and his unforgettable song "Singin' in the Rain". This movie is funny, has lots of lively song and dance numbers, great characters and a heart-warming story the whole family would love to watch.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I watched this movie when I was very young and yet the music stayed with me. This movie features Dick Van Dyke who drives a car that can magically fly. Stir up your child's imagination and love of music with this delightful classic.

The Cheetah Girls Movies

The all-girl band the Cheetah Girls starred in three Disney Channel original movies: The Cheetah Girls  (2003), The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) and The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008). In the first movie, the four members of the group join a talent competition while being freshmen at the Manhattan High School for the Performing Arts. In the sequel, the girls take their dream of becoming pop stars to Spain as they enter a music contest. In the third film, the three girls, minus Galleria (played by Raven Simone), travels to India to shoot a musical. Each movie features beautiful songs and well-choreographed dance numbers as the girls try to overcome various obstacles.

High School Musical Movies

The first movie in this series was released in 2006 and introduces us to Troy, Gabrielle, Sharpay, other characters and how their lives changed when they participate in a winter musical. In the much-anticipated sequel (2007), it's summertime and again we meet the original characters as they mesmerize us with song and dance numbers intertwined with a well-written script. In High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), the students prepare for the spring musical as they bid adieu to their beloved school. Fun, energetic and with a romantic twist to boot, this Disney original film series will appeal to viewers of any age.

Sesame Street - Elmopalooza

An all-star celebration of Sesame Street's 30 years of song and dance. Features our favorite Sesame Street characters, their memorable songs and a star-studded cast singing catchy tunes. A trip back to memory lane for adults and a welcome treat for children.

Blue's Clues - Blue's Big Musical Movie

Every child's favorite little blue dog, Blue, is featured in this film filled with songs and dances. This movie will enthrall kids as they learn and realize that it's okay to be themselves.

Dora the Explorer - Move to the Music

Our favorite bilingual little girl, Dora, featured in this movie with interactive songs and musical instruments that will challenge your child to think.

Barbie of Swan Lake

The story of Odette who was transformed into a swan by an evil wizard. This movie features Barbie as Odette and is based on the music of Tchaikovsky and the classic fairy tale. With colorful characters, beautiful costumes, memorable music, and ballet, your little girl will surely be transfixed.