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Visiting a local movie theater is the perfect way to spend any lazy summer afternoon, especially if you have bored children at home. Luckily, there are a handful of movies for children hitting the big screen in the next few months, so you'll have a few opportunities to take the family out and see a new film before school starts in the fall. 

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (June 2) 

George and Harold have been responsible for dozens of pranks in their school, and in their spare time, they create comic books in their special treehouse. When the principal of their school becomes fed up with their shenanigans, the two pranksters take drastic measures to ensure they aren't separated. 

Cars 3 (June 16)

Lightning McQueen has been the most famous racer in the world for years. Now, he's getting a little older, and he doesn't speed across the track quite like he used to. When another racer threatens to steal Lightning's place in the spotlight, McQueen realizes that he needs to buckle down and show the world what he's really made of. 

Despicable Me 3 (June 30) 

For the third time, audiences can return to the world of mastermind villain, Gru, and his lovable band of adopted children. Gru and his new wife, Lucy, must work together to stop a deranged villain, former '80s child star Balthazar Bratt, from achieving his goal of world domination. Oh, and of course, there are squeaky yellow minions. Lots of them. 

The Emoji Movie (July 28) 

This is the story of the secret world that exists inside your phone. Each emoji has a personality, and yet they are expected to only ever embody the one emotion they're meant to express. When things go wrong, three emojis must embark on an adventure through their owner's smartphone in an effort to protect their very existence.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (August 11)

In this sequel, Surly the squirrel and his band of animal friends must work to combat the evil mayor of Oakton when he plans to destroy the park that they call home. 

Leap! (August 30)

Eleven-year-old Felicie might be a poor orphan, but she has a big dream: to become a world-renowned dancer. She travels to Paris and enrolls in ballet school, where she pretends to be a rich girl as she struggles to master the art of dancing. She faces animosity and doubt, but with her friend Victor and her tough mentor, Odette, she learns that she can work towards her dream.

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