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Free Summer Movies for Kids

Updated on June 15, 2014

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.

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      iamme89 4 years ago

      Great list!., I've already watch Hotel Transylvania and it was hilarious, kids will surel love it. Even at the age of 23, I'm still fond of watching 3D movies., LOL! I'll never get old. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the kid movie reviews and infos..

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I am sure families will love these.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great thing for kids to do in the summer. I hope every parent of school age kids sees this lens, because I'm sure many don't know about these great options.

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Awesome collection of great movies.Thanks for sharing this list of movies.

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      These all are great movies! I like to watch animatiopn movies.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      My son loves Pixar movies. He loves watching Cars, A Bug's Life and Madagascar. Thanks for sharing this grat list

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      My son loves Pixar movies. He loves watching Cars, A Bug's Life and Madagascar. Thanks for sharing this grat list

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Anything that is free or nearly free is on top of my list.

      Thanks never thought about such giveaways to take advantage of!

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I think my daughter in law went to a few $1 movies over the summer. It makes sense for movie theaters to do this, I'm sure they still make a fortune off the overpriced popcorn, candy and other stuff kids are going to want and parents are probably more likely to buy it too after getting a cheap movie ticket. They should do it all year long.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      My graddaughter loves Tangled! Great suggestions here for free summer movies for kids!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Great entertaining lens especially for the kids. Congrats on your awesome some and thanks for collection of entertaining movies for kids.

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      ShariSmith 5 years ago

      Little Mermaid :p

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      I used to take the kids all the time to the free summer movies at our Regal. Now they charge $1, but it's still a bargain!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Another great resource for possible movies for kids or even just activities in general is to check you local or nearby community/rec.centers. When my brother and I were growing up we spent a lot of time there and they always had trips to amusement parks, fun events, games, arts, crafts & the occasional movie etc. Great article!

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      Mary Poppins!

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for the useful information.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      Free is a very good thing nowadays... Blessed...

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      Nice list. My kids will love these.

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      latiptop 5 years ago

      Hmmm...I have too many to narrow it down. Thanks for the great info!

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      great lens

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      adjustablebedsreviews 5 years ago

      some great ideas here - many thanks as the holidays start in 2 days

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      AxeeTech 5 years ago

      you are a real Squideon with 500+ lens :)

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Fabulous work!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Fabulous work!

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      HomeKitchenBathB 5 years ago

      great idea!

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      Laura45 LM 5 years ago

      I just realized yesterday the local Frank Theatres has T/Th movies for kids for the summer~for $1.00. Great idea,especially when it's so hot outside!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      I love the theatres that have $1 or $1.50 movies all of the time. I can wait a month (or 2) to see them. They usually have specials on refreshments one day a week too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good Movie, i like it!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is so cool. I'm going to have to check with our local theater.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good choice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good choice

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      travelerme 5 years ago

      wow a good list

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      home alone

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      This is a great summer resource for families...thanks! :)

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Gotta check these movies out - a little bit late but still lining up summer activities for the kid :)

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I don't have kids, but this information has to be extremely valuable for any parent! Blessed.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Tooth fairy letters sounds interesting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what is on the the we bought a zoo

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      We'll be taking advantage of the movies with our 3 year old this year. Great lens!

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      klaird 5 years ago

      We purchased the Summer Movie passes for the Harkins Theater that's only 10 minutes away. We've been gone a lot, so we've only been to one movie so far, but I'm glad I got the tickets! The kids loved it!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Great choices!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I love all kinds of cartoons. I think your taste is superb for kids. Any kid would really enjoy all of these.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Youâve certainly created a delightful lens. Itâs really attractive and a wonderful idea for a lens! Way-To-Go! Congratulations on making âTOP 100 PERFORMERS: Best of Entertainment in Entertainment & Mediaâ.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      My kids are all adults now, but I am hopeful that I will go through a new round with my new lady love and her children. I know where to come to find movies for them now. See you around the galaxy...

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      Any children's movie will do for as long as it is entertaining and interesting. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this article. Keep writing more. :)

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      acarolinecreative 5 years ago

      Great article I plan to do one of these movies with my summer camp kids. As to a favorite kid movie, it is what ever one the kids are into at the time until they play it so much I can recite it in my sleep. Despicable me and anything pixar are pretty popular.

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      looniestlove lm 5 years ago

      I have already seen these great movies, inspiring and has a moral lesson to it, thanks for sharing this list with us, very helpful to me because I have a 5 year old niece...great lens

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      Anything by Pixar is my favorite movie.

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      dcosmato lm 5 years ago

      Madagascar is our fav, and we are trying to "massage" our schedule so we can get to a showing of the recently released third movie ASAP! Great lens - I'm always looking for cheap summer entertainment for our little guy!

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      Anything Disney. But my all-time favorite is probably the animated Robin Hood. With Roger Miller as the singing minstrel (rooster) and a host of other great voices and songs this one is a winner. And now the lead song is running through my brain..."Robin Hood and Little John running thru the forest...."

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      This is great info for parents...summer is wonderful but kids can definitely get to the "I'm bored" stage and yow, it gets pricey after a while...will check out these cinemas.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Tin Tin was one of the best animated movies I had seen in a long time.

      The graphics and animation are superb to any other that I have ever seen and the storyline was great.

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      Ebbsoh 5 years ago

      The never ending story has got to be my all time favorite!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      ohhh, there are so many i love, but i really like madagascar

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      captain america is beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      captain america is beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      khatha0808 5 years ago

      my kids love animal related movie like babe,

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      The bold and the beautiful â Sana Khan to play Silk Smita in Mollywood

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      Free summer movies for kids, I'm all for it.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! This is the kind of information I love to see shared and spread. Fantastic!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Not sure if it's considered a children's movie, but I love Babe.

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      renae-m4r 5 years ago

      Sorry - that was the link to the new movie list for this summer!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cinemark has their summer $1 movies listed on their website. AMC dropped their $1 movies in 2010 "due to cost and lack of support" according to their website.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cinemark has their summer $1 movies listed on their website. AMC dropped their $1 movies in 2010 "due to cost and lack of support" according to their website.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i looked at regal, the schedule isn't out, i looked at AMC the schedule isn't out, i looked at cenamark, the schedule isn't out.. where are the schedules? :O(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: fockoff

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Don't listen to JennyLeeWatson's comment! We're not having The Pirates who don't do anything or any Veggietales movies this year! That title was removed from the program last year. Replacing the Veggietales franchise will be either The Golden Compass or Anastasia. Let's hope either title is selected for good. Good luck at the cinema!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like those Summer Movies. My favorite kids' movie? I'm considering Harriette The Spy or Gnomeo And Juliet as my picks. Maybe Everyone's Hero, The Pagemaster and The Swan Princess would be considered the notable kids movies of choice. Thank you for your time!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Nice that you have presented these options for people to explore.

      My favorite kids' movie? The Wizard of Oz.

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      nice list - it certainly gives us a lot of options

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      daytime matinees rock, my daughter's first film was this year, Despicable Me, it was magic to watch her fascination :)

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      Kandy O 6 years ago

      Unfortunately, AMC has discontinued this and that's the only theater that would have had this option in the Detroit area. Great lens, though! I'm sure someone will get good use out of it!

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      signdesign 6 years ago

      Great lens! I look forward to seeing some free movies this summer!

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      vermontmom 6 years ago

      Toy Story 3. Amazing. And so much for adults, too!

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      rorymullen lm 7 years ago

      I like Angels in The Outfield . I can feel with the kid waiting for a promise from his dad and never getting it. The child grows up hoping but then understands that not everything can be changed. Angels in the outfield can still make my imagination run wild.

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      cinstress 7 years ago

      my kids favorite move is probably the Diary of a Wimpy kid (both)

      they always change though

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      toy story2

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      These all sound so good,I really like your lens. It gives me a lot idea

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      shiwangipeshwani 7 years ago

      My favorite childrens movie is baby's day out and stuart little

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      shiwangipeshwani 7 years ago

      lovely lens frnd, nice collection of pics, visit mine too

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      The movies I took my young children to in the Summer were such fun for them. The "Rave" theater chain also has summer movies for free in Birmingham, AL.

      This Squid Angel is blessing your lens today.

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      JennyLeeWatson 7 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa, this is very helpful. We are usually into the third week of July when it's too hot/boring to even go to the pool before we hear about these offers.

      I like that Regal posts their entire schedule, so we won't inadvertently rent one of these before the Free day.

      My fave looks like "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" - Veggie Tales! I have not seen it but the song will remain in my head all night, thankyouverymuch!

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      jura 8 years ago

      Very nice job

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      Screenwriting4me 8 years ago

      Oh yes, another great informative squidoo lens. There are not enough hours in the day to cruise all the good squidoo pages.

      Great work.

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      TrishH LM 9 years ago

      My kids love the summer movie specials. We have been going every week. It is really fun and free activity.

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      Oh Petit Bebe 9 years ago

      I didn't even know there's such a thing as Free Summer Movies for Kids. Great resource.

      Thanks for putting it together.


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      Oh Petit Bebe 9 years ago

      I didn't even know there's such a thing as Free Summer Movies for Kids. Great resource.

      Thanks for putting it together.


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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      so many favorites, but my best are: Ice Age I & II, Monster Inc., Chicken Little and Toy Story.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My 7 year old just told me E.T. (which she just saw) is her favorite movie. Looks like it stands the test of time. She also loves Polar Express and all the Shreks.

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      bestfunnyman 9 years ago

      Its great new for all my kids.However they i wont let then go there because they have to learn:)