Share the Love: 5 Children’s Movies for Valentine’s Day
Love comes in many forms, and when children know this, holidays like Valentine’s Day can be sweet no matter what.
I’ve always thought sharing a movie, while seemingly a passive act, is the perfect way to show someone you love them. Tomorrow or tonight, encourage your children to share a movie with you.
A good place to start? “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” which airs tonight on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. EST and will be followed by “A Charlie Brown Valentine.” Here are a few more ideas to get you started, too.
Don’t forget some cookies or hot chocolate to make it extra sweet!
1. “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown”
Watching the “Peanuts” gang will always be a classic choice. This one centers on Charlie Brown, Linus, the rest of the crew, and their romantic yearnings. Charlie Brown desires just one valentine, Linus is in love with his teacher, Lucy is after Schroeder, as always, and Sally demands Linus’s attention. And Snoopy? His mailbox is stuffed with cards!
Unrated, 25 minutes
2. “The Princess Bride”
Another classic, whether viewed on Valentine’s Day or not—but I suggest you do. The film is presented as a story being read by a grandfather to his grandson, with Buttercup the center of focus. Buttercup is a young woman who lives on a farm in the country of Florin, and Westley is the farm boy she comes to realize she loves (and who loves her). When Westley leaves to seek his fortune so the two can marry, a journey of 1,000 must take place before the two will be reunited again.
PG, 1 hr. 38 min.
Part musical, part action, part romantic comedy, “Enchanted” remains one of my favorite (Amy Adams) films to this day. Adams stars as Giselle, a princess who, prepared to wed the strapping Prince Edward, is banished to New York by an evil queen. There, she falls in with a lawyer and his daughter, and falls in love with him too. What’s so sweet about Enchanted isn’t the fact that Giselle falls in love, it’s Giselle in general; her sweet songs, her cheery attitude, her desire to help, to be kind, to comfort.
A warm reminder that showing love, on Valentine’s Day or any day, is about more than romance. It’s about generosity and positvity too.
PG, 1 hr. 49 min.
4. “The Lorax”
“The Lorax” might seem like an odd choice for Valentine’s Day, but this animated musical—based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same name—begins with the story of Ted, a 12-year-old boy, and his crush on young Audrey. Audrey is an environmentalist, but she and Ted live in Thneedville, an artificial city made of plastic and metal. To impress her, Ted decides to find a real tree. A journey bookended by childhood love and admiration also contains important messages about the need to show love to our planet too.
PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
5. “Lady and the Tramp”
Released in 1955, “Lady and the Tramp” is a timeless choice for children on Valentine’s Day. Lady is a purebred cocker spaniel living comfortably with her owners, and Tramp is a stray mutt who livs on his own—”footloose and collar free”—scavenging for food outside restaurants and protecting his friends from the dogcatcher.
When Lady runs away from home, Tramp finds her, shows her how he lives, and eventually the two have a memorable Italian dinner at Tony’s, where Tramp is usually found searching for scraps. Children who love animals will, in particular, delight at the story of two dogs in love.
G, 1 hr. 16 min.