Free or Cheap Summer Movie Programs for Kids in Kansas City [2019 Guide]
Cheap or free summer movie programs are the key to happiness. Kids get to have fun at the movies, while KC parents can save money!
If you’re looking for great summer movie programs in Kansas City, we’ve done the research for you! So, check out the kids summer movie programs for this year.
The best news?! Each movie program is either free or or deeply discounted so you can save big while getting in some great family time, too.
Kansas City Summer Movie Programs
Find the Best kids summer movie programs & other fun movie events happening around town…
There are movies in the park, summer movie programs, & even a movie on the lawn of Crown Center. You can find a fun movie night for your family throughout Kansas City.
Looking for other fun summer activities? Check out our Summer Fun Guide with TONS of things to do with kids this Summer & join the iFamilyKC scoop, so you don’t miss out on the next Kids Club event or Weekend Planner!
Excited for more fun? There are also great places kids eat free around KC, so you can make it a dinner (or lunch) & a movie. If you are looking to save even more $,$, the Deals, Discount Codes & Money Savings Tips guide for KC.
B&B Theatres provides deeply discounted admission in their Kids Summer Movie Series.
On select days (Tuesday through Thursday), you can bring your kids to a movie for $3.00 (just $2.00 if you’re signed up for their FREE Backstage Loyalty program). See a full list of kids summer movies below:
- June 4-6 “Secret Life Of Pets”
- June 11-13 “Despicable Me 2”
- June 18-20 “Sing”
- June 25-27 “The Grinch”
- July 2-4 “The Lorax”
- July 9-11 “Trolls”
- July 16-18 “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World”
- July 23-25 “Shrek”
Starting May 27th and running through September 8th, your family can participate in Cinemark 20 and XD in Merriam KS Merriam’s Summer Movies for kids ClubHouse program.
Participants can enjoy $1 movies (per person, per movie) at the door OR purchase a ten-week punch card making all ten weeks just $5/person (.50 cents per movie if you see them all).
- June 3-6 “Despicable Me 3”
- June 10-13 “Peter Rabbit”
- June 17-20 “The Grinch”
- June 24-27 “How to Train Your Dragon”
- July 1-4 “Smallfoot”
- July 8-11 “Kung Fu Panda”
- July 15-18 “The Lego Movie”
- July 22-25 “Spongebob Squarepants Out of Water”
- July 29- August 1 “Sherlock Gnomes”
- August 5-8 “Hotel Transylvania 3”
Wrap up your week with movies, food trucks, and music under the stars at Crown Center’s Summer Movie Program. Food and music are available starting at 6pm on Fridays with the movie starting at around 9pm. Admission is free.
Kids summer movie schedule:
- July 12 “Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope”
- July 19 “Legally Blonde”
- July 26 “Hoosiers”
- August 2 “The Wizard of Oz”
- August 9 “Tomb Raider”
Free movies in Independence, MO!
“Moonlight Movies” is a free summer movie series for kids and families that takes place on Thursdays on the Independence Square. The movies are projected onto the side of the Pharaoh Theater on the Independence Square.
Bring the whole family every week for a fun free event! Check their Facebook page for more.
- June 6 “Hotel Transylvania 3”
- June 13 “Smallfoot”
- June 20 “Mary Poppins”
- June 27 “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
- July 11 “Lego Movie 2”
- July 18 “Angry Birds”
- July 25 “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”
- August 1 “How to Train Your Dragon”
- August 8 “Wonderpark”
Location: 1901 MO-7, Blue Springs, MO. 816.224.0551
Enjoy weekly discounted admission to movies all summer long (with the exception of Independence Day week) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. There are two show times to select from and $2.50 tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.
- June 4-6 “Secret Life of Pets”
- June 11-13 “Trolls”
- June 18-20 “Sing”
- June 25-27 “Despicable Me”
- July 9-11 “Captain Underpants”
- July 16-18 “Ginch”
- July 23-25 “Peter Rabbit”
- July 30- August 1 “How to Train Your Dragon 3”
Location: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS.
Celebrate National Dairy Month by spreading your blanket out on the grass and enjoying a free movie night at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.
This family-friendly event will take place on June 20th from 7:30-11:00pm. They’ll have special dairy treats and activities for the family.
Ready for more?
Head back to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead on July 18th at 7:30pm for more family fun. This secondary event also offers complimentary admission for the entire family. The movie selection is TBD so be sure to watch their website for details.
MCPL branches across the metro area offer free kids movies throughout the summertime. This year is no exception.
Registration is required for several of the events so grab your spot online before they fill up.
- June 8th, 2:30-4:30 pm: “Queen of Katwe” (Grandview Branch)
- June 16th, 2-4 pm: “Spaceballs” (Boardwalk Branch)
- July 9th, 6-7 pm: “The Lego Movie” (Grain Valley Community Center)
- July 13th, 2:30-4:30 pm: “Wreck It Ralph” (Grandview Branch)
- July 21st, 2-4 pm: “Apollo 13” (Boardwalk Branch)
Location: Main Street Cinema 1400 Main St., KC, MO
Alamo Drafthouse has found a great way to give back to the community through their Kids Camp program. Moviegoers (ages 3 and up) are welcome to ‘name your own price’ (between $1-3) on reserved seat tickets (in advance). 100% of the ticket sales raised at each movie go directly to support non-profit organizations in and around Kansas City.
Make a splash!
Watch a movie with your feet in the water or the sand. $5 per car. Gates open at 7:30 pm, movies begin around dark (8:45 pm). Bring your own blanket or chairs for beach seating. No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.
- June 14th, 9-11 pm: “Mary Poppins Returns”
- July 12th, 9-11 pm: “Incredibles 2”
- August 2nd, 9-11 pm: “Beauty and The Beast”
June 15th, come watch Mary Poppins Returns for FREE at T.B. Hanna station. The movie begins at dusk and refreshments will be provided.
One Friday a month the Johnson County Library hosts Movie in the Park at a different library location. Check the website for specific locations for each movie date.
- May 24 6-11pm “Flight of the Navigator”
- June 14 8-11pm “Space Jam”
- July 19 8-11pm “Apollo 13”
- August 16 7-11pm “WALL-E”
- September 20 6-11pm “Inside Out”
Kansas City Parks & Rec provides free family fun for the entire city at Hyde Park during their summer movie series for kids festivals. Events run from 7:30 until 11:00.
- June 7 “Into the Spiderverse”
- June 14 “Lego Movie 2”
- June 21 “Karate Kid”
- June 28 “Aquaman”
Come to the parks to enjoy a FREE, fun summer night with the family. There will be music, movies, activities & more.
This year will have inflatables and all sorts of other fun-filled onsite activities. Make sure to check out these fun events with your family.
- August 16 7pm
- September 20 6pm
Each movie begins at dusk and is FREE for the whole family to enjoy. Check out the movies and dates below.
- May 31 “Into the Spiderverse”
- June 29 “Mary Poppins Returns”
- July 27 “Lego Movie 2”
Each Tuesday the library hosts a FREE movie at 2 pm. There are also movies that show on Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, but those showings are not every week. Check the Olathe Library website for dates, locations, and what movie is showing. 🙂
Movies include Wall-E, Space Chimps, Ralph Breaks the Internet, & Smallfoot. Movies run on Tuesdays through August 5th.
Briarcliff Trails of Our Community is hosting FREE outdoor movies all summer long! Saturday nights at approx. 8:45 p.m. head over to Mulberry Lake across from The Village at Briarcliff.
Bring chairs and snacks, they will bring everything else. Summer movies include Grease & Frozen!
- June 1 “Spiderman Into the Spiderverse”
- June 8 “Fantastic Beasts”
- June 15 “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
- July 13 “The Incredibles 2”
- July 20 “Coco”
Enjoy kids movies each month this summer at Oak Park Mall. Summer movie nights are free & begin at 6 with activities from different stores in the mall, then the movie starts at 7 near Dillard’s South.
You can bring blankets to enjoy this INDOOR event with a/c. So, you don’t have to sweat while you’re enjoying a movie with your kiddos.
- June 14th – The Incredibles 2
- July 12th – Ralph Breaks the Internet
- August 9th – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Kansas City Public Library offers a series of free movies good for the entire family. There are dozens and dozens of showtimes all throughout the summer so be sure to check out the KCPL website for full details and opportunities.
Kids movies vary by location, so be sure to check out the details.
Overland Park Mall Movie Series
Oak Park is hosting their Summer Movie Nights! The movie starts at 7 pm in Center Court by Dillard’s South, with kids activities before. Grab your comfy chairs and blankets for a FREE, indoor, air-conditioned event! Make sure to get there early to make sure you get a good seat…
July 12 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
August 9 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Watch a FREE movie at Stocksdale Park this summer! Free popcorn & water will also be provided by Liberty Parks and Recreation.
- May 31 7pm “Incredibles 2”
- August 9 TBD
- October 4 TBD
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars. Each movie will have different activities like lawn games & live music. Summer movies start at dusk, but you can find a full schedule online for music, games, & other activities.
Family Movie Schedule:
- May 24: Flight of the Navigator
- June 14th: Space Jam
- July 19th: Apollo 13
- August 16th: Wall-E
- September 20th: Inside Out
Kids Summer Movies Pro Tips
Arrive early for best seats, especially if you’re going in a large group. Some events required sign-ups or advanced tickets, so be sure to check online for event-specific details.
For outdoor movies, pack blankets, chairs and plenty of pillows. You may also want to consider bringing bug spray or sunscreen depending on the time of day.
For evening movies, dress your kiddos in PJs ahead of time so you can easily get them to bed when you get home. This is a parenting pro tip we learned long ago…
You can also create your own movie memories for your family and friends by hosting your own backyard movie night. Consider buying disposable cameras for added fun. You will have pictures to remember the night by & kids love taking photos with it…
We hope your family enjoys a few summer movies together. If you know of other fun kids movie programs or events happening this summer, drop them in the comments below!
From our family to yours, iFamilyKC.