Summer Movie GuideBy Elizabeth Smith
The movies in your DVD collection are carefully curated, and the ones in your Netflix queue ready for the play button. But this summer, give the young movie buffs in your family a real thrill by venturing outside the living room for livelier alternatives.
We compiled our favorite outdoor movies — all of which are free — plus cheap matinees, IMAX and 3D films, and poolside screenings happening now through August. Follow the links to find which events are nearest to you and which movies your kids want to see.
Free outdoor movie nights
Feel the breeze and fold out your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for these open-air screenings.
Coppell Town Center Plaza
Getting ready to send the kids off to summer camp? Here’s hoping their week runs smoother than the kids in the 1994 film Camp Nowhere. On Friday, June 6, bring a picnic to the plaza lawn for the outdoor screening and munch on free popcorn.
Keller Town Hall
Spread out at the amphitheater lawn for screenings of Bolt, Bedtime Stories and more films each Thursday in June starting at 8pm. Want to stretch your night out even farther? Show up at 7:15pm for live music before the movie.
Quakertown Park, Denton
Kids’ crafts, a marshmallow roast and glow stick sales start an hour before each of Denton’s two summer screenings: The Nut Job on Thursday, June 19, and The LEGO Movie on June 26.
A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton
Here’s one the kids surely have never seen: 1931 City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin. The space out on the lawn means plenty of room for your kids to imitate his dance moves. See this screening on the side of the museum’s barn on Saturday, June 7.
Sundance Square Plaza, Fort Worth
If you haven’t walked around downtown’s remodeled plaza, here’s a great excuse to go. Screenings each Wednesday night from May 28–July 30 include throwbacks Father of the Bride, Back to the Future and Mary Poppins. One drawback: no coolers allowed, so fill up before you come or check out a nearby restaurant.
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
The art museum hosts this sunset screening of Toy Story on Thursday, June 26. The lawn opens at 6pm, so spend the time in between checking out the recently debuted art exhibit of Archibald Motley’s paintings from the Jazz Age.
Looking to fill your weekday mornings? Click to see the long lineup at these theaters, with weekday showtimes.
Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson
Get free admission all summer at the Alamo Kids Camp, all-ages showings scheduled for 10:30am Monday–Friday until schools start up again in the fall. The theater screens a different movie each week and announces them via the online calendar a few at a time. For starters, check out Megamind from June 2–6 and Muppets From Outer Space (1999) from June 9–13.
Studio Movie Grill
All DFW locations of this dine-in theater will screen a different film Monday–Friday June 16–August 22. Some locations start the series even earlier, depending on when nearby schools let out for the season. For a complete list, visit studiomoviegrill.com/movies and click on Children’s Summer Series. Shows are just $2 and start at 11am.
Harkins Theatre in Southlake
Head to the Southlake Town Square cineplex to catch a new movie June 9–August 15 Monday–Friday, starting with Escape From Planet Earth. Get the season pass to see all 10 movies for $6. Only want to see one? Admission is $2 and all showings begin at 11am.
LOOK Cinemas, Dallas
Take the kids to one of Dallas’ coolest dine-in theaters for the Summer Kids Series and watch a different movie each week for only $1. Shows start at 10am every Tuesday and Saturday through mid-August, beginning with Epic on June 3 and 7.
Cinemark Theatre, Hurst
The movie theater inside North East Mall runs its Summer Movie Clubhouse series June 11–August 14 with showings on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am. Save a bundle by getting tickets to all 10 movies for $5.
At the pool
These events combine two of our favorite summer pastimes.
Frisco Outdoor Aquatic Center
Go early for an open swim at Frisco’s outdoor waterpark during daylight hours, and get your tickets online now for these two sunset screenings: Frozen on Friday, June 27 and Despicable Me 2 on July 25.
Flower Mound Community Activities Center
For the first time, the CAC is allowing families to bring their own inflatables (of limited size) to float around in the indoor pool during screenings of Despicable Me 2 on Friday, June 20 and The Little Rascals on July 11.
NRH2O Family Water Park
The North Richland Hills attraction brings back its annual series with screenings over the wave pool every Friday June 20–August 8. Grab a tube and hook your feet together, or hey, just dip your toes in. The August 1 screening will test your nerves. It’s Jaws. Jaws.
IMAX and 3D films
There are big screens and then there are big screens.
Omni Theater, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Leaning back in the seats at the museum’s IMAX theater feels a bit like clinging to the side of a mountain, which you and the kids must experience at least once. Choose from their just opened Island of Lemurs – Madagascar, more new films (Rocky Mountain Express and Flying Monsters) and older favorites (Mummies – Secrets of the Pharaohs, Dolphins and Tornado Alley). Each movie is screened every day, and tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for kids 2–12.
Hoglund Foundation Theater at the Perot Museum, Dallas
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science recently teamed up with National Geographic to bring two new documentaries that explore the animal world: Pandas – The Journey Home 3D and Flight of the Butterflies 3D. See them both, plus Dinosaurs – Giants of Patagonia 3D, every day through the summer for as little at $5.
Published May 2014
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