Celebrate National Sci-Fi Day with these Movies for the Whole Family

January 2nd is National Sci-Fi Day where we celebrate the imaginative works in literature, film and more. January 2nd was selected as National Sci-Fi day to commemorate the works of famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, as it is his birthday. Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) can include stories based in space, involve time travel or feature super heroes. On January 2nd millions of Americans read or watch their favorite Sci-Fi stories. Below is a list of Kid-Friendly Sci-Fi Films your family can watch to celebrate National Sci-Fi Day.

 

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Wall-E

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Released: 2008

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet.

Released: 1982

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video, Apple TV

 

Short Circuit

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Released: 1986

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video, Apple TV

 

The Iron Giant

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Released: 1999

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video, Apple TV

 

Big Hero 6

A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who together team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Released: 2014

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV

 

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (+ All Star Stars Films)

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Released: 1977

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+ Prime Video, Apple TV

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Roy Neary, an Indiana electric lineman, finds his quiet and ordinary daily life turned upside down after a close encounter with a UFO, spurring him to an obsessed cross-country quest for answers as a momentous event approaches.

Released: 1977

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: HBOMax, Prime Video, Apple TV

 

The Incredibles

While trying to lead a quiet suburban life, a family of undercover superheroes are forced into action to save the world.

Released: 2004

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV

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Back to the Future

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Released: 1985

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Peacock, Prime Video, Apple TV

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Released: 2018

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 9 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+. FX Now, Prime Video, Apple TV

Men in Black

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Robots

In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration’s company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management.

Released: 2005

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Free Guy

A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Released: 2021

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 13 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV

Tron

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Released: 1982

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV

Jurassic Park

A pragmatic paleontologist touring an almost complete theme park on an island in Central America is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Released: 1993

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Peacock, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Lightyear

While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

Released: 2022

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Zathura: A Space Adventure

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Released: 2005

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

The Mitchells vs The Machine

A quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope.

Released: 2021

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Lilo and Stitch

A young and parentless girl adopts a ‘dog’ from the local pound, completely unaware that it’s supposedly a dangerous scientific experiment that’s taken refuge on Earth and is now hiding from its creator and those who see it as a menace.

Released: 2002

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Space Jam

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Released: 1996

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Prime Video, AppleTV

Muppets from Space

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it’s up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Released: 1999

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Paramount Plus, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

Jimmy Neutron

An eight-year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens.

Released: 2001

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Prime Video, AppleTV

 

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