Not sure what to do with the kiddies now that school is out and there just doesn’t seem to be enough activities to keep them busy this summer? Instead of having them cooped up at home staring wide-eyed at the TV screen why not take them out to the movies where they can stare wide-eyed at the big screen? Besides keeping him or her (or them) quiet for a couple of hours, everyone may get a chance to cool off and socialize a little. And, best off all, most of these events are completely free or really cheap.
– By Nicola A. Menzie
Regal Entertainment Group‘s Free Family Film Festival every year and has been doing so since 1991, according to the company’s website. Every Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. kids can see recent and not-so-recent movies on the big screen (rated G or PG). Some of the titles screening right through August include: “Charlotte’s Web,” “Bee Movie,” “Shrek The Third” and “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” to name a few. Check website for participating theater locations.
When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.
Clearview Cinemas is is offering eight weeks of family friendly films with its Summer Kid’s Club, where every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. movies like “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meat Balls” and “Astro Boy” will be on the big screen. Visit Clearview’s website to see the full list of free films and participating theaters.
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
AMC Entertainment‘s Summer Moviecamp is similar to Regal’s free movie screenings except tickets are $1 a pop and movies are shown only once per week. Tickets for titles like “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” go on sale a week prior to the screening, so hop on it and see which AMC theaters in your area are participating in this year’s Summer Moviecamp.
When: Tuesdays @ 10 a.m.
If air-conditioned movie theaters just don’t do it for you or maybe you just prefer the great outdoors, there are also plenty of free movie screenings this summer in New York City’s parks that the kids will enjoy. Some of these movies are preceded by an arts and crafts activity or a music and dance lesson, so it’s likely that by movie time the kids might conk out and snooze through the whole thing. But hey, what’s to stop you from enjoying the film!
Here’s a sampling of what you can expect:
Town Square Inc.’s SummerStarz
East River State Park, North 8th Street and Kent Avenue
When: Thursdays @ 6 p.m.
Reel Harlem Film Festival
135 Street Lawn (in St. Nicholas Park)
West 135 Street and St. Nicholas Terrace
New York, N.Y.
When: Thursday, July 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
RiverFlicks for Kids
Pier 46 (in Hudson River Park)
Charles St. and West St.
New York, N.Y.
When: Fridays @ 8:30 p.m.
Summer On The Hudson
Pier 1 in Riverside Park South
When: Wednesdays @ 8:30 p.m.
Free Movies Under the Stars
196 Street and Union Turnpike
When: Mondays @ 8 p.m.
Red Hook Films
30 Waterside Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10010
Monday @ 8:30 p.m.
The events calendar on the NYC park’s website (http://www.nycgovparks.org/events) is a great place to start planning your free Summer movie-viewing adventures.