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Gear Up for 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' with These Time-Travel Classics

I've always loved history. And given the opportunity, I'd totally hop in a time machine to check out different moments from the past firsthand.

Although my kids are a little too young to really appreciate history (despite my best efforts), I'm still planning on taking them to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman, out in theaters March 7. My five-year-old is fascinated with the idea of time travel and my almost-two-year-old loves dogs, so we can't lose.

In the meantime, check out these classic time travel movies for a flashback (or introduction) of your own:

Back to the Future

I don't know about you, but when I think of time-travel movies, my mind immediately goes to the Back to the Future trilogy. Whether you go with the original, where Marty McFly heads back to 1955 and inadvertently runs into his parents as teenagers; part two with its vision of the future (which is 2015... where are our flying cars already?); or the Western-focused third movie, you can't help but be entertained. As a bonus, Marty's present day will allow you to introduce your kids to that magical time known as the '80s.

Groundhog Day

If you didn't catch this one on TV in early February, now is a great time to watch this Bill Murray charmer that still feels fresh even though it is over 20 years old (how is this possible?!). If you haven't seen it before, keep in mind it is a slightly dark comedy in which he repeats the same day over and over again, not necessarily your typical time-travel concept. But who doesn't like the idea of being able to go back and repeat a day without the mistakes you may have made the first time?

Free Birds

If you missed this one this past Thanksgiving, now you can watch it in the comfort of your own home. Two turkeys travel back in time in an attempt to change the main dish of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which means kids will laugh at the bickering between the two main turkeys (voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson). What’s more, the movie provides an excellent opportunity for parents to go into the real history behind the first Thanksgiving.

13 Going on 30

Since it's rated PG-13, this one’s more for families with older kids, but it’s an adorable Jennifer Garner flick definitely worth a watch. After a humiliating 13th birthday party, the main character wishes she could just fast forward to the age of 30, and she gets her wish. The catch is that while her body and everything around her have aged 17 years, her mind is still very much 13. If you have teenagers who just can't wait to be adults, this is a great movie to emphasize there really are some good things about being a kid.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

If you haven't watched this classic from the late '80s recently, now is the perfect time to get reacquainted with Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan. Sure, Bill and Ted's antics traveling through time in a phone booth might not seem quite as funny now, but odds are your kids will get a kick out of this flick. Just be prepared for them to ask you if you ever used a phone booth before (and then feel really old).

Do you have a time-travel favorite not mentioned here? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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