Summer time around our house is about FUN for the family, certainly, but perhaps the higher priority for me, the self-proclaimed wimpy mommy, is finding ways to keep out of the heat. Those of you who know me well are probably not a bit surprised by that. <grin> So, the movie theater serves the purpose well. BUT I don't particularly relish the idea of paying the frighteningly-high total cost of getting my fam to the movies IF and IF there happens to be a movie we are okay with our kiddos watching. We did it for Toy Story 3. Totally worth it. Of course. But movies like that are few and far between. Right?
The good news for us frugal mamas is that a couple of Little Rock theaters do free summer film festivals, allowing us to give the children that whole "theater experience" without the painful cost...and IN the air conditioning. Win-win!
There are two participating theaters this year. Their schedules are listed below. Ya might want to check the pluggedinonline website for more information and reviews on each film. It is my very favorite site for helping us make informed decisions as to whether or not a movie is "for" our family. Our family's summer film picks are denoted.
Chenal Imax Dickinson Theatre:
June 12-14: Puss in Boots
June 19-21: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
June 26-28: Mr. Popper's Penguins
July 3-5: Stuart Little 3
July 10-12: Happy Feet Two
July 17-19: Babe **
July 24-26: Dolphin Tale **
July 31-Aug. 2: The Pagemaster
Totally Free. Drink/Popcorn/Candy combos are $4.00
Movies are at 10:00 and 12:30 p.m.
June 4 and 7: Cats and Dogs
June 11 and 14: Legend of the Guardians **
June 18 and 21: Yogi Bear
June 25 and 28: Happy Feet Two
July 2 and 5: Journey 2 the Mysterious Island **
July 9 and 12: Dolphin Tale
July 16 and 19: Shorts
July 23 and 26: Inkheart
July 30 and Aug. 2: Happy Feet
Rave Movies are totally free and start at 10:00 a.m.
Combos are available for purchase and come with a free ICEE upgrade.
Take my advice. Show up EARLY because you don't want to compete for seats when the summer camps and day care groups arrive.