Once the summer sun sets, it creates the perfect starlit backdrop for enjoying movies outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a few snacks, and snuggle up with the kids for some wholesome family entertainment. No lines or expensive tickets—these family-friendly screenings are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Before heading out, be sure check each venue's website for up-to-date information on possible weather-related cancellations.
For more family-friendly activities, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.
Kids Night Jones Beach
Jones Beach Bandshell, Wantagh
June 30-Sept. 1, 2016
Magic show starts at 8pm, movie starts at 9pm. Free admission and parking. June 30: Hotel Transylvania 2, July 7: Minions, July 14: Goosebumps, July 21: Pan, July 28: The Good Dinosaur, August 4: Inside Out, August 11: Cinderella, August 18: Zootopia, August 25: TBA and September 1: TBA.
Family Fun Extravaganza
Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville Centre.
July 9, 2016, 4-10 pm
This event will have activities for the whole family until 8pm. Finish the evening off with a family movie Pitch Perfect 2 under the moonlight. Festivities are free, but suggested donations are welcome. Food trucks and concessions are available. All funds will aid the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund at Madison Theatre Molloy College.
Family Movie Night
The Bridge Church, 1 Norwood Ave., Malverne
July 17, 2016, 8:30pm
Movies on the Beach
Various Beaches, Long Beach
Saturdays, June 25-Sept. 24, 2016 (no movie on July 2 or Sept. 10), 8:15pm
6/25: Princess Bride - Lafayette Blvd., 7/2: No Movie, 7/9: Mama Mia - Lincoln Blvd., 7/16: Star Wars - The Force Awakens - New York Ave., 7/23: Jaws - Neptune Blvd., 7/30: Rocky Horror Picture Show - Lincoln Blvd., 8/6: Zootpia - Neptune Blvd.
8/13: Jurassic World - New York Ave.
8/20: Dirty Dancing - Neptune Blvd., 8/27: ET: The Extra Terrestrial - Lafayette Blvd., 9/3: Back to the Future - Lincoln Blvd., 9/10: No Movie, 9/17: Minons - New York Ave., 9/24: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Lafayette Blvd.
Movies on the Village Green
Main Street, Farmingdale
Thursdays, July 7 - August, 18, 2016, 7:30pm
Cartoons precede the movies about 15 minutes before dusk. Showings include: Hotel Transylvania 2 on July 7, Kung Fu Panda 3 on July 14, Star Wars: The Force Awakens on July 21, Inside Out on July 28, Goosebumps on August 4, Zootopia on August 11, and Jurassic World on August 18. "Movies Under the Stars" - enjoy a free night out, the Village supplies the popcorn. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Farmingdale Library for the movies, Checker Cab for ice cream, and McDonalds for orange drink. Bring lawn chairs, blankets & come to the Village Green and enjoy free movies this summer.
Movies by the Bay
Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport
July 8 - August 12, 2016, 8pm
Beginning on Fridays from July 18 through August 12, the Village of Freeport will host its 3rd annual “Movies by the Bay” at Sea Breeze Park sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Show titles include: July 8 - Feature Film: Minions, July 15 - Feature Film: Jurassic World, July 22 - Feature Film: Inside Out, July 29 - Feature Film: The Peanuts Movie, August 5 - Feature Film: Star Wars - The Force Awakens, August 12 - Feature Film: Zootopia. Each movie and a limited supply of popcorn are free of charge. Please bring your blankets or chairs as seating will not be provided.
Family Movie Nights (Hosted by Nassau County)
Movies at Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, Seaford
July 5: Book of Life, July 19: Despicable Me 2, August 2: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day and August: 16: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
North Woodmere Movie Night
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream
July 12: Kung Fu Panda, July 26: Paddington and August 9: Annie
Lakeside Movie Night
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theater, 1899 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow
July 7: Peanuts, July 14: Hotel Transylvania 2, July 21: Minions, July 28: Home, August 4: Kung Fu Panda, August 11: Goosebumps, August 18: PAN and August 25: Wizard of Oz.
Movies at Nickerson Beach
880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach
July 8: Hotel Transylvania, July 17: Despicable Me, July 22: Kung Fu Panda, July 31: Megamind and August 14: The Mysterious Island.
Movies by Moonlight (Hosted by the Town of Oyster Bay)
Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury
July 8, 2016 at 8pm
Allen Park, 45 Motor Ave., Farmingdale
July 13, 2016 at 8pm
Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, 175 Washington Ave., Plainview
July 21, 2016 at 8pm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Road, Massapequa
July 29, 2016 at 8pm
Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury
August 3, 2016 at 8pm
Drive-In Movie Theater
Riverhead Raceway, 1797 Old Country Rd., Riverhead
Fridays, June 17 & 24, 2016
Old-fashioned drive-in movie theater. Drive your car, park and enjoy the shows (films TBA).
Town of Babylon Movie Series
Town Hall Lawn, Lindenhurst or Tanner Park, Amity Harbor
Every other Monday starting June 28 - August 8, 2016 (Rain dates on Tuesday) Movies begin at dusk.
June 27: The Descendants, Tanner Park, Amity Harbor, July 11: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Town Hall Lawn, Lindenhurst, July 25: A League of Their Own, Tanner Park, Amity Harbor, August 8: Inside Out, Town Hall Lawn, Lindenhurst.
Movies on the Harbor
Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson
Tuesdays, July 12 - August 16, 2016
Screening begin at dusk, including July 12: Matilda, July 19: Jurassic World, July 26: The Good Dinosaur, Aug 2: The Intern, Aug :9 Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and Aug 16: Pan.
Movies on the Lawn Program
Heckscher Park, Huntington, Peter Nelson Park, Huntington and Crab Meadow Beach, Northport
Regular and drive-in screenings will be offered throughout the summer at various Town of Huntington beaches.
June 27: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Heckscher Park, Huntington), July 7: MAX (Drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, Northport), July 21: Finding Nemo (Drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, Northport), August 15: Inside Out at Peter Nelson Park, Huntington. See event post for rain dates.
Originally published June 2014
Photo: Long Beach Movie Nights