Free Summer Movies for Kids
Free Movies for Kids - Summer 2013
Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Many movie theater chains offer free (or pretty darn cheap!) summer movies for families. Although more chains are now starting to charge nominal fees for their "free" summer movie programs, you'll still find great deals. Some theaters even throw in the popcorn! So grab the kids and get ready for some cheap fun. Here is a list of some movie theater summer programs and what to expect.
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The old saying "you can't get something for nothing" doesn't always hold true for families looking for entertainment during the summer. Many movie theaters offer free or drastically reduced rates for kids movies during the summer. Here's what to expect.
- Movies that have already been released to DVD
Your local movie theater will probably be playing the big summer blockbusters, but don't expect them to include these in the free or very cheap summer movie program. Free summer movie programs typically feature G- or PG-rated movies that have already been released on DVD. Some movies that you might see this summer include Alvin and the Chipmunks, Shrek 3, and The Bee Movie.
- Early show times
Free and cheap summer movies for kids are usually shown early in the day to leave the screens available for other movies later in the day.
- Lots of people
Everyone loves free stuff. So if you're planning to take the kids to a free or cheap showing, be sure to get there early. Many summer movie programs are run on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don't miss out by showing up at the last minute.
- Regular prices for everything but the movie
Movie theaters make most of their profits not from ticket sales, but from all the popcorn, soda and candy they sell at the concession stand. So be prepared to shell out the same amount of money for a bag of popcorn during the free show as you would at a showing of the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Ready? Check out the list below, then grab the kids and have some fun!
National Amusements offers free movies on Bookworm Wednesdays during the summer. From July 10 - August 7, just bring a book report with you, and you'll get free admission to the Wednesday movie. (Children under six who accompany a participant and adults who accompany a participant receive free admittance to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to submit a book report.) Summer movies for 2013 include Ice Age: Continental Drift, Yogi Bear, The Lorax and others.
Visit National Amusements for complete details about Bookworm Wednesdays and other programs for kids and families.
Regal has been offering summer movies for kids since 1991. Selected G- and PG-rated movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. Some of the movies scheduled for 2013 include Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Rio, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Happy Feet Two. Check the website for specific movies and times in your area.
Visit Regal Cinemas Free Family Film Festival for more information.
Starting on June 18 and running through August 14, 2013, the Kids Dream Summer Film Series at Marcus Theatres will offer $2.00 movies for kids every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am. Movies this summer will include recent movies such as Disney Earth, Madagascar 3, and Escape from Planet Eart.
Visit Marcus Theatre's Kids Dream Summer Film Festival for more information.
Harkins Theatres will be offering 10 specially priced movies for kids this summer. If you purchase all 10 movies in advance with a season ticket, you'll pay less than $1 for each movie, or you can purchase individual movies at the box office for $2 per person. Movies vary by location, but for 2013, some of the movies will be Hotel Transylvania, Mirror Mirror, Megamind and Rise of the Guardians.
Check out Harkins Summer Movie Fun for showtimes and more details.
Cinemark offers 10 weeks of nearly free movies during the summer. If you purchase all 10 movies in advance, you'll pay only $5. You can also purchase movies separately at the box office for $1.00 per show. Movies vary by location, but all are rated G or PG. Some of the movies offered will be The Smurfs 2, Horton Hears a Who, Dolphin Tale, and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
For a list of participating theaters and showtimes visit Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse.
Dickinson Theaters has locations in 11 states and offers eight family-friendly films during its Summer Vacation Movie Series. Depending on your location, films are free or cheap ($10 for 8 movies). Candy/popcorn combos are available for $4.
For 2012, some of the movies available for the summer series will be Dolphin Tale, Babe, Puss in Boots and Stuart Little 3.
Visit Dickinson Theaters to find your nearest theater and then look for the SVMS banner that will take you to a page with dates and times for your location.