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 $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:
- Tom & Jerry June 29th-July 1st
- Croods 2 July 6th- July 8th
- Sing July 13th- July 15th
- How To Train Your Dragon: A Hidden World July 20th- July 22nd
- The Secret Life of Pets July 27th- July 29th
- Abominable August 3rd-5th
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 $1.50 movies (per person, per movie) at the door over 8 weeks – every Wednesday from June 16th to August 4th.
- Trolls June 16th
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 23rd
- How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World June 30th
- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part July 7th
- The Angry Birds Movie 2 July 14th
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold July 21st
- Minions July 28th
- Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs August 4th
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 9: The Greatest Showman, sing-along version
- July 16: Rudy
- July 23: Spider-Man: Far from Home
- July 30: The Princess Bride
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.
- Playing with Fire June 7th- June 10th
- Sonic the Hedgehog June 14th- June 17th
- Hotel for Dogs June 21st- June 24th
- Trolls June 28th- July 1st
- Spirit July 5th- July 8th
- Kung Fu Panda July 12th- July 15th
- Croods A New Age July 19th- July 22nd
- Tom and Jerry July 26th- July 29th
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 18th 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 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.
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.
- July 9th, 9-11 pm: “Aladdin”
- August 6th, 9-11 pm: “Beauty and The Beast”
Friday June 18th at the T.B Hanna Station, a free showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2 for you and your pup. Dogs must be leashed and current vaccinations. Movie starts at dusk.
Come to the parks to enjoy a FREE, fun summer night with the family. There will be music, movies, activities & more.
- Friday June 18th Hook
- Friday July 16th Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
- Friday August 6th Tom & Jerry
Each movie begins at dusk and is FREE for the whole family to enjoy. Check out the movies and dates below.
- June 26th The Karate Kid
- July 24th The Croods: A New Age
- August 28th The War with Grandpa
Each Tuesday the library hosts a FREE movie at 1 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.
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.
- Liberty Same info
- Friday June 25th Wonder Woman 1984
- Friday August 27th 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:
- Friday June 18th A League of Their Own
- Friday July 23rd Cool Runnings
- Friday August 27th Raya and the Last Dragon
- Friday September 17th Soul
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…
Moonlight Summer Movies on the Independence Square (NO Info 2021)
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.
Afternoon Summer Movies at Mid-Continent Libary (NO Info 2021)
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)
Johnson County Summer Movies in the Park (NO Info 2021)
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”
Hyde Park Children’s Film Festival (No Info 2021)
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”
Briarcliff Saturday Summer Movie Night (No Info 2021)
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”
Oak Park Mall Summer Movie Night (No Info 2021)
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
Kids Summer Movie Series at KC Library (No Info 2021)
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.