"Our American Spirit" is the theme for this summers' Saint Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series in Forest Park. Films include "Top Gun," "Rocky," "E.T." and "Forest Gump." Food trucks begin serving at 6 p.m. Movies start at 9 p.m.
Movie Mondays at the Ballpark
Photo-ops, a bag of free popcorn and classic movies are offered Mondays throughout the summer at Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium. Family-friendly movies like "Toy Story," "Frozen" and "Up" are sure to please. Pre-movie activities start at 6 p.m.; movies start at 7 p.m.
Movies under the stars
For family favorites catch Movie Night at Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park in Godfrey, Illinois. Movies play the second Friday of July and August. One of St. Charles County's coolest parks also becomes the backdrop for a great family flick. See "Zootopia" during Outdoor Summer Concerts and Movies at Dardenne Prairie City Hall Park Aug. 6. St. Charles County Community College hosts outdoor movies on the blue lot at Food Truck Frolic events. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. and feature recent films like "The Angry Birds Movie," "Finding Dory" and "The Secret Life of Pets."
Little ones will enjoy a showing of Disney's "Inside Out" at Chesterfield Amphitheater Friday, July 22 at dusk. End a great summer day with a free showing of "Star Wars-A New Hope" at Schroeder Park in Manchester Friday, Aug.4. Visit Kimmswick City Hall for movies and special events through September during the 2016. P.R.I.D.E. summer series movie nights.
Enjoy an afternoon of shopping followed by an evening of free movies and music during the Free Summer Movies and Concerts Series at The Meadows, located in Lake Saint Louis. The Meadows will host a different movie or concert every Thursday through August beginning at dusk. Movies include "Hotel Transylvania 2," "Tomorrowland," "Zootopia" and more.
When two of the kids want to go to the pool and the third one has his heart set on watching a movie, treat them all to a dive-in movie. At dive-in events, families can float on a tube or relax poolside while watching their favorite movies. Admission to most dive-ins is free for pool members and included with pool admission for nonmembers.
Build in some family bonding time at a showing of "The Good Dinosaur" at the Manchester Aquatic Center Friday, July 29 and cool off with "Minions" at The Lodge Des Peres at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Hit the waves at Chesterfield Aquatic Center in your own cardboard boat and enjoy a showing of "Finding Nemo" at dusk Saturday, July 9.
The Kennedy Recreation Complex will feature dive-in movies at their olympic-size pool. Admission at Kennedy Recreation Complex pool is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Movie titles and dates are available by calling 314-615-5572
For the quintessential summertime movie experience, nothing beats a good old-fashioned drive-in. Skyview Drive-In, located in Belleville, Illinois, has been bringing the magic of drive-in movies to local audiences since 1949. The theater is typically only open weekends early in the season and then open seven days a week throughout the summer. Skyview offers first-run features like "Finding Dory" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Admission is $10 per adult (cash only). Movies are offered as double features, and with every paid adult admission, two kids (12 and under) are admitted free, making the drive-in a great value for families. Visit skyview-drive-in.com for information about the logistics of visiting the drive-in and a complete listing of upcoming movies.
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