Here are seven of the best places to find free movies for kids online.The internet is full of entertainment choices, and you know that there’s good free stuff to watch out there, but to find it, you have to wade through a bunch of muck. Who has the time? Lucky for you, we’ve already done the research. We looked for ethical sources (nothings has been pirated), and sites that are easy to use and offer a wide variety of films (not just a few).


One of the best sources for free entertainment is also one of the easiest to access. It's pretty common to look up IMDB to see what other movies or TV shows a certain actor has been in, but now the website offers free movies that rotate regularly. All you have to do is click on a title and away you go.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
Paddington, Spider-Man, Monsters vs. Aliens, Little House on the Prairie, The Never Ending Story, Ninja Turtles, MegaMind and Stuart Little 2.


Hoopla is a free service offered through many local libraries. Through Hoopla, you can stream up to 15 videos per month with no wait times. Videos do expire 72 hours after you first choose one, but you can rent it again and pick up right where you left off. There are no late fines either. There are lots of movies to choose from for both kids and families alike.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
Ella Enchanted, The Pilgrim’s Progress, All Dogs To to Heaven, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, The Swap, Snoopy: A Beagle of Mars, Are We There Yet, AXL, Imagine That, The Black Stallion, My Little Pony the Movie

Kanopy Kids

Another free service offered through your local library is Kanopy Kids, which presents programming that is educational, enriching and entertaining. They offer movies and short films that are engaging for both kids and their parents. The selection of films in the catalog encourages social and emotional development, promotes respect for community diversity, and inspires creativity.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
Tales of the Night, Race for Your Life Charlie Brown, The Amazing Adventure of Marchello the Cat, Cinderella, Anne of Green Gables, A Cat in Paris, The Little Rascals, lots of short animated films and various PBS TV series.

YouTube Movies

You already know YouTube as the site you go to when you need a break but really should be working. But, in addition to silly cat videos, they offer a whole array of movies to rent with a good chunk of them for free. Of course, there’s a catch: Most of the free movies on YouTube are ad-supported—meaning the cost is watching a few commercials before the movie starts. It’s a little tricky to navigate and be sure that you are the one doing the searching, as every free movie they offer (from family-friendly to not-so-much) is listed in one area.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
The Secret of Nimh, Khumbra, Top Dog, Minecraft: Into the Nether, The Legend of King Solomon, Freedom Force, Happily Never After, Pixies, Little Secrets and The Great Bear

The Roku Channel

While you may be debating about getting a Roku for your TV, you don’t actually need a special device to take advantage of their free offerings found on The Roku Channel. Unlike many of the other free movie choices, you’ll find a lot more recent films here and a lot more offerings for everyone in the family including lots of children’s TV shows for kids from age 1 on up.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
Storks, Small Foot, The Lego Movie 2, The Secret Garden, Detective Pikachu, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, The Last Mimzy, My Dog Skip and The Iron Giant.


While Popcornflix says that they have “compelling documentaries, foreign films, unique original web series, and a place that showcases the brightest filmmakers of tomorrow,” we found their offerings to be a little lackluster overall. Still, free is free and there are still a few good flicks here.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
Monster Trucks, Snow Day, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Mousehunt, Tin Tin, Benji, Letters to God and The Busy World of Richard Scarry


Tubi is another service that is on par with Popcornflix, but there are still a few diamonds in the rough to be found here as well.

Samples of What We Found Recently:
Free Birds, Escape from Planet Earth, Shaun the Sheep, Norm of the North, Rugrats Go Wild, Shrek Forever After, Next Avengers and Black Beauty

—Jeffrey Totey

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