Free or Cheap Summer Movie Programs in Kansas City
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 $5.00 (just $3.00 if you’re signed up for their FREE Backstage Loyalty program). See a full list of kids summer movies below:
- June 7th-9th Minions
- June 14th-16th Croods 2
- June 21st-23rd Trolls:World Tour
- July 28th-30th Abominable
- July 5th-7th Scoob!
- July 12th-14th Smallfoot
- July 19th-21st Tom and Jerry
- July 26th-28th Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Starting June 15th and running through August 3rd, your family can participate in Cinemark 20 and XD in Merriam KS Merriam’s Summer Movies for kids ClubHouse program.
Participants can enjoy $1.50 movies (per person, per movie) at the door over 8 weeks – every Wednesday from June 16th to August 4th.
- June 15th-Boss Baby: Family Business
- June 22nd-Angry Birds
- June 29th-Scoob!
- July 6th-Sing 2
- July 13th-Paw Patrol
- July 20th-Tom & Jerry
- July 27th-Peter Rabbit 2
- August 3rd-Clifford
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. There will also be live music! Admission is free.
Kids summer movie schedule:
- July 8th-Jungle Cruise & Damien Gunn Band
- July 15th-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade & The KC All Stars
- July 22nd-A League of Their Own & Retroactive
- July 29th-Guardians of the Galaxy & The Accidental Moguls
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 September 17th from 5:00-10:00pm. They’ll have special dairy treats and activities for the family.
Ready for more?
Head back to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead on August 27th from 5:00pm – 10:30pm 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.
Make a splash!
Watch a movie with your feet in the water or the sand. $10 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.
- July 10th, 9-11 pm: “Encanto”
- July 8th, 9-11 pm: “Soul”
- August 5th, 9-11 pm: “Sing 2”
- June 17th Sing 2
- July 22nd Jurassic Park
Come to the parks to enjoy a FREE, fun summer night with the family. There will be music, movies, activities & more.
June 17th and August 26th. Details TBA.
Each movie begins at dusk and is FREE for the whole family to enjoy. Check out the movies and dates below.
- June 25th Spiderman No Way Home
Each Wednesday the library hosts a FREE movie at 2:30 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.
Watch a FREE movie at Stocksdale Park this summer! Free popcorn & water will also be provided by Liberty Parks and Recreation.
- June 10th-Sing 2
- August 26th-Ghostbusters: Afterlife
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 27th Jurassic Park
- June 17th Flight of the Navigator
- July 22nd Free Willy
- August 26th The Karate Kid
- September 16th Jumanji
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…
MCPL branches across the metro area offer free kids movies throughout the summertime. This year is no exception.
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.
- July 8th Bedknobs and Broomsticks at Cornerstone Park
- July 22nd Free Willy at Electric Park
- July 29th Finding Nemo at Thompson Park
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.
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.