Skip to main content

NewFolks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

4 best summer camp flicks your 9-year-old can stream on their iPad

Whether you are trying to get your kiddo psyched for fun, sun, and a few rounds of capture the flag — or just searching for some evening entertainment the whole family will enjoy — we’ve got you covered with our top four picks for the best movies about summer camp.

Girl watching iPad
Igor_83/Shutterstock

The Parent Trap

Little Lindsay Lohan x 2 — how can you resist double the trouble? In this 1998 Nancy Meyers’ remake of the 1961 film, two young girls who were separated at birth — and each raised by one biological parent — accidentally meet at a summer camp. They devise a plan to get their parents back together, but first, there are lots of shenanigans, hijinks, and an identity swap to contend with. Naturally.

Where to Stream It: Disney+ or Amazon Prime

Troop Beverly Hills

So one of our top camp movie picks does not actually involve a camp. (Weird, right? But, as the kids say: If you know, you know.) Starring Shelley Long as an unlikely super-rich Wilderness Girls troop leader, this movie centers around friendships, adventure, and, obviously, cookie sales. The group of misfits come together to succeed and prove themselves — with souped-up 90210-worthy uniforms, of course. Don’t worry, Troop Beverly Hills provides all the summer-camp feel without technically involving a summer camp.

Where to Stream It: Amazon Prime or Google Play

It Takes Two

OK, we admit that this is pretty much the same as Parent Trap — except that, you know, it’s starring the Olsen twins. Still, if you love one of these two movies, you will definitely love the other, too– so why not enjoy both? In this 1995 film, Amanda, a young orphan, and Alyssa, a wealthy little girl, happen to look identical by crazy coincidence. They meet by chance and decide to switch places and conspire to ignite romance between Alyssa’s father and Amanda’s social worker. In the process, Amanda brings chaos to Alyssa’s terrible soon-to-be stepmother’s life, and Alyssa learns the joys of camp life (and eating sloppy Joes). You see where this is all going, right?

Where to Stream It: Apple TV or Amazon Prime

Camp Rock

Mitchie, a young girl played by Demi Lovato, has to work in the camp kitchen to earn her keep at Camp Rock, a music camp for budding stars. When a popular musician overhears a mystery voice singing, he embarks on a mission to find out who this amazing singer is. Spoiler: It is Mitchie, and she has to be willing to step out of the shadows of the kitchen, overcome her insecurities, and embrace her inner, confident self.

Where to Stream It: Disney+

Get out a tent, prepare the snacks, and stream the best summer-camp movies directly on your iPad. Your big kid or tween will love these cute, campy, and super-fun flicks about sunshine, friendships, and growing up. Watch them together (campout style, of course) — or just allow your camp-bound kiddo to screen them solo to get pumped up for the season ahead. Happy viewing!

Lauren Barth
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Lauren Barth is a freelance writer and digital editor with over a decade of experience creating lifestyle, parenting, travel…
7 fun 4th of July games the whole family can play
Make Independence Day sparkle with these 4th of July ideas
Two kids sitting in front of a U.S. flag

Many families mark the Fourth of July holiday with backyard picnics and barbecues. Sometimes, relatives and friends come over, but usually, the patriotic holiday is a time for families to spend a bit of quality time together enjoying parades and fireworks.

Having a fun menu of 4th of July games for the family is a fabulous way to spend this summertime holiday, especially if you are hosting a celebration. These family activities also help make the time between that morning parade and the evening fireworks go a lot faster for excited little ones who just can't wait. If you need some inspiration for 4th of July ideas for family fun, don't roll the dice. We've got sparkling suggestions that will be a big bang.

Read more
How to put together the perfect 4th of July picnic
A 4th of July picnic to celebrate Independence Day this year
Family enjoying fireworks at night

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a picnic is a wonderful family-friendly way to spend the holiday. Whether you are heading to the beach, a parade, or staking a spot early for fireworks, a 4th of July picnic is super fun. Of course, an Independence Day picnic calls for a special 4th of July picnic menu with a patriotic flair. Red, white, and blue are the colors of the day, so be sure to include them in the 4th of July picnic festivities.

Putting together a Fourth of July picnic doesn't have to be complicated or a time-consuming task. If you're looking for 4th of July picnic ideas that taste great and are patriotic, go get the blanket and let's get started. These tasty ideas will shine as brightly as those fireworks.

Read more
Bring imagination back into your kid’s playroom with these ingenious DIY ideas
These DIY kid's playroom ideas are super easy to achieve and great for boosting imagination
Montessori shelf playroom

The kid’s playroom should be a space not just for fun and letting off some of a child’s youthful energy, but also an educational hub that encourages imagination. As you curate a space for your child to play and grow, you’ll want to include unique activities to help them express themselves. So, we’re giving you some incredible DIY playroom ideas that not only make the space look nice but add more room for imaginative play and learning.

Add a chalkboard wall
A chalkboard wall is a classic playroom addition, functioning as both a teaching opportunity and an art station. Not to mention; it also curbs that desire to draw on the walls!

Read more