While Texas summers usually mean getting as much time in the A/C as possible during the day, the evenings may be just cool enough for an outdoor excursion with the family. Locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth are hosting family-friendly movie nights featuring favorites like A Wrinkle in Time, The LEGO Movie and Coco. So grab the chairs and blankets, savory snacks and coolers for a relaxing night under the stars.
Take your blankets, lawn chairs and fur babies to Levitt Pavilion this Thursday, June 28, for an outdoor screening of Early Man (PG). Food will be available for purchase, including burgers (with veggie options), chicken, nachos and quesadillas from J.Gilligan’s and snow cones from Bahama Buck’s. The movie screening begins at 8pm. Free.
100 W. Abram Street, Arlington; 817/543-4301; levittpavilionarlington.org
The City of Carrollton is hosting kid-friendly movie screenings at the historic downtown square Saturdays through August. Blankets and coolers are welcome, and don’t forget the bug spray! Movies start at sunset. Free.
July 7: Wonder (PG)
August 11: Coco (PG)
1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton; 972/466-9135; Cityofcarrollton.com
Kiddos can munch on free popcorn while watching The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) at Andrew Brown Park East on July 27. Don’t worry about dinner that night—food trucks will be on the scene for your brood’s food cravings. The show starts at 8pm. Free.
260 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell; 972/ 462-510; coppelltx.gov
Grab a family dinner at Sundance Square and stay for a feature film. The Plaza will host its annual movie nights every Thursday through July 14. All movies are rated PG, minus the 2008 hit Bottle Shock, rated PG-13. The shows begin at 7:30pm. Free.
June 28: You’ve Got Mail (PG)
July 5: Bottle Shock (PG-13)
July 12: Peter Rabbit (PG)
420 Main St., Fort Worth; sundancesquare.com
Grapevine is hosting its annual Fourth Friday Films at the REC of Grapevine this year, with a musical and movie classic: Grease (it’s also a sing-along-event!) So, get your vocal cords ready for all those ‘50s hits we love. If the happen to get too tired of singing, they can take a water break at the REC’s spraygrounds, as they’ll be open during the movie. Bringing food and drinks is encouraged, but glass containers are not allowed. Movies start at dusk. Free
REC spraygrounds will be on.
The REC of Grapevine, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine; gograpevine.com
Relax with your clan while watching some of this year’s biggest films, participate in movie-themed activities, enter to win prizes and eat from local food trucks—sounds like a successful Saturday night if you ask us. Head to Haggard Park in Plano for outdoor movie screenings and kiddie activities the last Saturday of the month through August. Movies start at 8pm, but the fun really starts at 6:30pm. Activities will be based on each movie’s theme—before LEGO Ninjago, for example, you can participate in a Lego building contest, and the Roser Martial Arts Center will host “ninja training” for kids to learn some cool, villain-fighting moves. Free.
June 30: The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG)
July 28: Coco (PG)
August 25: A Wrinkle in Time (PG)
901 East 15th St., Plano; 972/941-7275; visitdowntownplano.com
Bahama Beach is hosting Dive-In Movie nights through Saturdays in August. Watch some of you and your kiddos’ favorite flicks of the season while keeping cool in the water and floating along Beach 1 (all the slides open prior to the movie will be closed). Admission into the water park for the movie is $5 per person (adults and kiddos alike). The show starts at 8pm.
July 7: The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG)
August 4: Paddington 2 (PG)
August 18: Coco (PG)
1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas; 214/671-0820; bahamabeachdallas.com
Frisco Water Park
The Frisco Water Park has an alternative option to watching an outdoor movie on grass. Kiddos can float in the pool, lagoon and lazy river while watching (eh, more or less) some of their animated favorites on Friday nights. Movies start at 8pm. Admission is $10 per person; free for littles under 2.
July 13: Ferdinand (PG)
August 3: Coco (PG)
5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco; 972/292-6520; friscofun.org
Sit back, relax and float the night away with the kids at Hawaiian Falls’ wave pool this summer while watching a flick on the big screen. The water park will host movie nights throughout the month of June at its various locations. Movies are free; however, admission to the park is required. The good news? Admission is half off after 3pm: $14.50 for 48 inches and taller; $11 for under 48 inches; free for littles 2 and younger. Movies begin at dusk.
June 21, Mansfield location: The LEGO Ninjago (PG)
June 22, Roanoke location: Wonder (PG)
June 26, The Colony location: Sherlock Gnomes (PG)
NRH2O has more than just epic water slides for the thrill-seeking kids this summer. The water park holds Dive-In movie nights on Fridays through August where littles can watch their favorite films while floating in the wave pool (waves are turned off during the movie). Admission into the park is half off after 5pm: $14.50 for 48 inches and taller; $11 for under 48 inches; free for tots 2 and younger. You can also purchase discounted tickets online. Movies begin at 9pm.
June 22: The Wizard of Oz (PG)
July 6: Despicable Me 3 (PG)
July 13: Jaws (PG)
July 20: Coco (PG)
July 27: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (G)
August 3: Black Panther (PG-13)
9001 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills; 817/427-6500; nrh2o.com
Wet Zone Rowlett’s Family Water Park
Watch a movie under the stars, while floating in the water and munchin’ on a delicious Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Combo Saturdays through August. Admission is $6 per person and free for season pass holders. The gates open at 8pm.
July 14: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)
August 4: The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)
5304 Main Street, Rowlett; 972/412-6266; ci.rowlett.tx.us
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