Osmosis Jones

This 2001 live-action film is one of the best tools to help you explain the workings of the human body and viruses to your little ones. Osmosis Jones follows the life of Frank DeTorre, an unhygienic zookeeper. When Frank picks up a serious virus, the anthropomorphised cells in his body work overtime to try and get Frank healthy again. There is no better film to teach children about hygiene during these tough times.

Inside Out

While under lockdown, children may feel a lot of anxiety and stress, and may not be sure how to express their feelings in a healthy way. Enter Inside Out. This Pixar animation is set in the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who moves to a new town. Throughout the movie, we see her personified feelings - Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness - try and guide her through life and all of its experiences. This is a great movie to help teach children about their emotions and how to deal with them.

Epic

Epic is a 2013 animated film that's perfect to get your child's mind off missing their friends and being at school. Let your child join the adventure of M.K., a 17-year-old who gets magically shrunk. While being tiny, she must go on a quest to save the kingdom of tiny humanoid soldiers, known as Leafmen. While on her escapade, M.K. learns the true meaning of friendship and the value of family, as your little ones will, no doubt.

The Neverending Story

This classic movie has been entertaining children of all ages since 1984. This enchanting story delves into the life of a young boy, Bastian, who reads a fantastical book about Fantasia. Fantasia is a mythical land slowly being devoured by the Nothing. In order to save Fantasia, Bastian needs to believe in the power of his imagination. The Neverending Story, along with its two sequels, is a wonderful movie to inspire children's own creativity.

Jumanji

Jumanji was one of our favourite movies as children. Share the love of this classic with your kids during their extended break and watch their faces light up as they follow the story of this mystical board game that causes havoc and destruction in the lives of its players. This 1995 fantasy adventure film is followed by the 2017 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and the 2019 Jumanji: The Next Level, perfect for video game loving children.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

If your children are feeling lonely and nagging to be with their friends, then this is the perfect movie for them. After his parents die, Lewis moves in with his eccentric uncle, Jonathan. Being in a new town, living with a stranger and having no friends, Lewis starts to feel very much alone. That is until he learns his uncle's secret. Jonathan is really a magical warlock, who coaches Lewis in the art of magic. Soon, uncle and nephew find themselves saving the world.

Looking for more ways to keep your little ones entertained amid the threat of COVID-19? Then check out this article, and remember to stay safe and wash your hands!

Venom

We open up the list with a banger that we are so excited about. This is a spin-off based on a Marvel comic book character, which was seen in Spider-Man 3. A parasite attaches itself to a host via a sticky substance that then gives the host special powers.

Release Date: Friday, 05 October 2018. 

The Little Vampire

Yes, it does involve vampires but this one is actually a family friendly movie. It's an incredible animation around the story of Rudolph, a 13-year-old vampire, whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards and, of course, vampires, and Tony helps him overcome his adversaries in this action and humour packed battle.

Release Date: 26 October 2018.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

It's about to get interesting and even more magical this October... This movie tells a spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis, who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead. Sounds right up your street? Then be sure to be there for the release!

Release Date: 05 October 2018. 

Table Manners

We like to gooi some South African flavour into everything, because a little bit of that Mzansi is always a great idea. Megan (Diaan Lawrenson) loses everything when her husband, Lloyd (Neels Van Jaarsveld), gets arrested for tax fraud. Forced to rebuild her life, Megan rediscovers her love for cooking and who she really is. With the help of her best friend Lindiwe (Renate Stuurman), she also learns that the path back home begins with realising that she is enough and all she needs is family, food and love.

Release Date: 28 September 2018.

The Titan

There are so many movies to look forward to this October, we think you might want to catch them all. This one is just as great and tells an incredible story of the near future, where Earth's resources are exhausted and humanity's only hope of salvation lies in travelling to a distant planet. A military family is relocated and takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration, which will be vital to ensure that the human race survives.

Release Date: 19 October 2018.

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Papillon

Based on the international best-selling autobiography, Papillon follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" CharriAre (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.

Release Date: 19 October 2018.

Halloween

We did say things are about get scary, but don't cover your eyes just yet! Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. It's about to go down!

Release Date: 19 October 2018.

Searching

A suspenseful and hyper-modern thriller about a desperate father searching for his missing teenage daughter. After a local investigation is unsuccessful, David (John Cho) decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, and the one place we all keep our secrets today. Dun, dun dun...

Release Date: 26 October 2018.