A great way to beat the summer heat is with a movie in the cool and comfortable air-conditioning. With the cost of the tickets, popcorn, and drinks it can be so expensive. However, it doesn’t have to be; there are many places that offer free or very inexpensive movies for families all summer long. We’ve rounded up some of the special low-cost series as well as some free options so you can stay cool in front of the big screen.
Discounted Summer Movies for Kids
Classic Cinemas Wintrust Wednesday Morning Movie Series
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
Fox Lake Theater, 115 Town Centre Lane, Fox Lake
Admission is $1. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for games, activities, and character visits, movie starts at 10:00 a.m.
- June 19 – Teen Titans Go! to the Movies
- June 26 – Smallfoot
- July 3 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
- July 10 – Hotel Transylvania 3
- July 17 – The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
- July 24 – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
- July 31 – How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World
- August 7 – Wonder Park
Free Movies for Kids
Many of the local libraries have movie showings that are absolutely free. Little kids may actually prefer the more relaxed and familiar setting of their local library for their first big screen experience. Check out some of the upcoming ones and watch our calendar for more dates.
Lights, Action, CRAFT
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.
Fox Lake District Library, 295 East Grand Ave., Fox Lake
For children ages 3-5. Watch a short film and make a related craft project. In the Children’s Activity Center.
June 20, 5:45 p.m.
Huntley Area Public Library, 1100 Ruth Rd. Huntley
Come to the library to watch Antz with your family.
Ice Cream & a Movie
June 26, 11:15 a.m.
Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin
Cool off at the library and enjoy a Scooby-Doo episode and an ice cream treat.
Check out all the Movies in the Park events happening, they are all free and a perfect summer outing.
Which one is your favorite movie series program? Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments!