Free Outdoor Family Movies Almost Every Night in July for NYC Kids

Every summer in NYC, there are a slew of no-cost outdoor movie screenings. So many in fact, you can probably find at least one FREE alfresco flick per evening being shown somewhere in the five boroughs. But here's the problem for families: A lot of these films aren't kid-friendly. If you don't plan ahead, you may end up accidentally dropping into Bryant Park when Die Hard is on, and you really don't want your preschooler repeating Bruce Willis' R-rated variation on yippee ki-yay, do you?

While there are a few series aimed specifically at children like RiverFlicks for Kids, most sandwich their family films in between the grown-up ones. But instead of you having to peruse all those different calendars, we've done the work for you. Behold: More than 40 FREE outdoor movies this July, most rated G or PG (with a couple of PG-13 titles for the tweens in your life), all organized by date. From recent blockbusters like Frozen and The Lego Movie, to '80s hits such as The Goonies and Back to the Future, to classics like Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz, here are the best, FREE, kid-friendly outdoor movies playing in NYC this July.

This Week: Free Summer Fun, Fireworks and Day Trips

The high temperatures and humidity we've been experiencing say summer arrived weeks ago, but for NYC public school kids, break is just beginning. And we're celebrating with a variety of fun-filled events, from a School's Out Celebration in Coney Island, to a slew of free fests and concerts.

Heading to Long Island's East End this summer? Here's a roundup of super cheap (yes, really) activities for kids. There's also a ton of free fun to be had in nearby New Jersey. Plan a day trip to the Garden State for entertainment like the NJ Barbecue Championship, blueberry festivals and beach outings. For dino-obsessed kids, we've got a list of places to find the prehistoric creatures in Connecticut that's sure to be a hit.

Our Travel site has details on a blissful family farm vacation in New Hampshire.

Here's what else we covered on the NYC site this week:

Swoop Into the Raptor Trust: A Hidden Treasure for Bird-Loving NJ Kids

During the summer, New Jersey parents are constantly on the lookout for day trips that are both entertaining and educational. The Garden State's great zoos and aquariums are always lots of fun, but if you're looking for a unique experience for your wildlife-loving kids, consider a trip to the Raptor Trust. Located in Millington, the Raptor Trust is primarily a medical facility for injured birds; however, it's also a permanent home for birds that cannot be safely returned to the wild. Visitors are given the opportunity observe these gorgeous creatures up close. I recently took my two children, ages 11 and 7, on a tour. Read on to see what this special destination has to offer.

Weekend Fun with LA Kids: Urban Nature, River Ride & BET Fan Fest , June 27 - 28

It's summertime (for reals this week!), and the fun is coming fast and furious. Time to indulge in your post-solstice favorites: Hollywood Bowl will have you singing all the way back to the future, or you can just bowl.  You can wherefore and wilt thou with the Shakespearean troupe in Griffith Park (free all summer long). Speaking of free, there are a ton of free movies and free concerts and, really, aren't the best things in life free?

Here are a few: Free fan fest. Free pirate invasion. Free bike ride. (Free bike expo). Free Chinatown Summer Nights. Free movie. Free movie. Free movie. Free concert. Free festival.

And our favorite free, the Land of the Free, has its special day coming up. Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July!  We've got the scoop on America's birthday and all the best fireworks next week, (and one display this weekend, if you want to get an early start).

Keep reading for our favorite picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Tall Ships, Outdoor Concerts, Nature June 27-28

Ah, the summertime bucket list. You know, activities that every family plans to do over school break? Since this weekend concludes the month of June, it's a wake-up call to start crossing a few off your list with the help of our Event Calendar.

Hit a summer fest such as the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival. See an outdoor concert at Roxborough's Gorgas Park, Bryn Mawr's Gazebo or Media's Rose Tree Park. Or explore nature with a trip to the Schuylkill Environmental Education Center's 50th Anniversary Picnic or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Stream Stomp.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend so you can make every moment of summer count. Have fun!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Pixar Science & Early Fourth, June 27-28

School's out for summer! I'm looking forward to kicking back and relaxing at a local spray pool to ease into vacation, but celebrations are also in order, especially with Independence Day on the horizon. Why not get a head start at one of the early 4th of July celebrations happening this weekend?

If you prefer to wait for the actual Fourth for your festivities, there are plenty of alternatives for a good time this weekend, including filling up on summer's best dessert or catching the Seine boat races. To round out the weekend, two highly-anticipated events include a release party for a local musician and an incredible peek into the science behind some of our favorite films for kids (pictured).

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mary Poppins, International Mud Day, Fireworks, June 27-28

What a weekend to kick off summer vacation! You can sling some dirt at International Mud Day at the Suffolk County Farm, or catch various versions of Cinderella onstage in Garden City, Oakdale and Smithtown. If you're looking for a bang for no bucks, there are fireworks in Eisenhower Park (rescheduled to Monday, June 29) and Point Lookout this weekend, too.

Families can cap off their Saturday with a free outdoor movie in Long Beach, or explore lavishly decorated greenery at Old Westbury Gardens.

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Free Festivals, Family Picnics, School's Out Celebration June 27-28

Summer break kicks off with a slew of awesome activities this weekend. In addition to NYC public pools opening on Saturday, there are many annual favorites like the ride-filled Astoria Park Festival, the interdisciplinary Harlem Arts Festival and Park Slope's Puppetry Arts Festival.

Of course all of those picks are outside but, if you believe NY1, we're looking at a monsoon this weekend. So we're highlighting plenty of indoor events, too, like riding on vintage subway cars in honor of the 100th anniversary of the BMT and hands-on Lego fun at Brick Fest Live! at the New York Hall of Science.

All of our best bets for this weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.


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