Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

Free Outdoor Family Movies, Long Island, New York, Summer 2018
Grab a lawn chair and enjoy a classic at the Town of Huntington's Movies on the Lawn.

With the price of movie tickets for the family these days, there’s nothing better than FREE entertainment for the kids. Did you know that several Long Island municipalities host outdoor summer movie series, where you can spread a blanket on the lawn or prop up some lawn chairs and have a picnic while enjoying a family-friendly film?

At these outdoor community events you can enjoy a beloved film for a second time or catch up on a recent blockbuster without having to spend a dime on a movie ticket. Seating is first-come, first-served, so arrive early. Also, be sure to double-check the venue or organization's website or social media feeds for any potential weather-related cancellations.

Outdoor movies are just part of the summer experience on Long Island. You'll find more fun things to do with kids in our Summer Fun Guide, including FREE outdoor summer concerts. It's also a great time to hit a Long Island amusement park, water park, or one of our great family-friendly beaches

Until then, lights, camera, action! 

Some municipalities have not finalized summer movie schedules as of mid-June. Check back as we will be updating this page as summer continues.

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Nassau County


Movies at Baldwin Park — Grand Avenue
Pre-film fun begins at 7:30pm; films begin at 8:45.
June 17: The Force Awakens
July 29Secret Life of Pets
September 9: Families vote for the film. 

East Meadow

Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater — Eisenhower Park
These family-friendly films, shown in Nassau's largest park, begin at dusk.
July 12: Captain Underpants
July 19: Despicable Me 3
July 26: The Boss Baby
August 2: LEGO Ninjago Movie
August 9: Ferdinand
August 16: Jumanji 2: Welcome To The Jungle
August 23: Daddy's Home 2
August 30: The Greatest Showman

Jones Beach

Kids Night Movie Series — The Bandshell at Parking Field 4
Enjoy a family movie under the stars on Thursdays at 9pm. FREE parking.
July 12: Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle
July 19: Despicable Me 3 
July 26: The Incredibles
August 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
August 9: Peter Rabbit
August 16: A Wrinkle in Time
August 23: Cars 3
August 30: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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The lovable trolls and the evil bergens take center stage in Trolls, at Nickerson Beach. Photo courtesy of Dreamworks

Lido Beach

Summer Movie Nights — Nickerson Beach
Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic dinner to Nickerson Beach. Films begin at dusk.
July 15: Moana (west terrace)
July 27: Trolls (east terrace)
July 29: The Lego Movie (west terrace)
August 10Beauty & The Beast (east terrace)

Old Bethpage

Summer Movie Night — Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Watch a family flick under the stars at historic Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The film begins at dusk.
August 15: Jumanji (original movie)

Enjoy the antics of the mischievous bear in Paddington 2 at Movies by Moonlight. Photo courtesy of Heydey Films and Studio Canal

Oyster Bay Town

Movies by Moonlight — Townwide locations
Movies begin at dusk, but come at 6pm for pre-film fun. 
July 7: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park
July 21: Paddington 2
Marjorie R. Post Community Park
July 26: Coco
Syosset-Woodbury Community Park
August 2: Cars 3
Syosset-Woodbury Community Park
August 9: Moana
Plainview Old-Bethpage Community Park

Port Washington

Cinema on the Bay — Sunset Park, Lower Main Street 
Watch a family-friendly movie at Port's harborfront. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and snacks.
June 16Wonder Woman (8:30pm)
July 7: Wonder (8:30pm)
July 21Ghostbusters (8:30pm)
August 11: Sing (8pm)


Movies at Creek Park — Merrick Road
Watch a family flick under the stars at Cedar Creek Park. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic dinner. Films begin at 8:30pm. 
July 10: Despicable Me
July 24: Storks
August 7Maleficent

Valley Stream

The minions are up to their old tricks at North Woodmere Park. Photo courtesy of Universal

Movie Nights at North Woodmere Park — Hungry Harbor Road
Watch a family flick under the stars at North Woodmere Park. Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic dinner.
July 17: Minions
July 31: Lego Batman
August 14: Daddy's Home

Suffolk County

Delight to the gorgeously animated Coco under the stars in Amityville. Photo courtesy of Disney Pixar


2018 Movies on the Lawn — Tanner Park
Movies begin at dusk.
June 25: Beauty & the Beast (Rain date June 26)
July 9: Tangled (Rain date July 10)
July 23: Holes (Rain date July 24)
August 6: Coco (Rain date August 7)

Huntington Town

Movies on the Lawn 2018 — Townwide locations
Movies are rated PG and begin at 7:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather, films are shown on their rain dates at Walt Whitman High School, 301 W. Hills Rd., Huntington Station. 
June 25: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Rain date July 16)
Heckscher Park, Prime Avenue, Huntington
July 5: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rain date July 12)
Crab Meadow Beach drive-in, Waterside Avenue, Northport
July 19: The Little Mermaid
Crab Meadow Beach drive-in, Waterside Avenue, Northport
August 13: Despicable Me 3
Peter Nelson Park, Oakwood Road, Huntington

Port Jefferson

Movies on the Harbor — Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park
Films are held on select Tuesday evenings beginning at dusk. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic-style dinner. Rain dates are the next evening.
July 10: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory         
July 17: Wonder
July 31: Cars 3
August 7: Coco

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Shed a tear at the legendary E.T. at the Summer of Spielberg. Photo courtesy of Universal

Southampton Village

Summer of Spielberg Outdoor Film Series — Southampton Arts Center
From July 6 through August 31, the Southampton Arts Center shows a Steven Spielberg film every Friday. This is the venue's fifth annual summer series of free outdoor screenings of classic films; all films have either been written or directed by the legendary filmmaker. Note that some films might not be appropriate for younger children. In the event of inclement weather, films are shown in the indoor theater. Otherwise, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics for FREE movies on the lawn.
July 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 13: Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
July 20: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
July 27: Hook
August 3: Poltergeist
August 10: Ready Player One
August 17: The Post (to be shown inside at 7pm)
August 24: E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial
August 31: Jaws. This annual screening is the organization's way of saying goodbye to summer with one of the most legendary summer films of all time.

Town of Southold

Movies under the Stars — Greenport, Peconic
Southold Town is hosting two movie nights this summer. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks. 
July 13: Despicable Me 3
Fifth Street Park, Greenport Village
August 10: Coco
Jean Cochran Park, Peconic Lane, Peconic

This post is updated annually. James Smith contributed additional reporting. 

Fifth Street Park
Foot of Fifth Street
11944 Greenport , NY 41° 5' 48.1992" N, 72° 21' 56.214" W
New York
Jean Cochran Park
Peconic Lane
11958 NY 41° 2' 40.6752" N, 72° 27' 31.8312" W
Southampton Arts Centere
25 Jobs Lane
11968 Southampton
Phone: 6312830967
40° 53' 2.4216" N, 72° 23' 27.2652" W
Tanner Park 11726 Copiague , NY 40° 40' 40.0224" N, 73° 23' 50.6184" W
New York
Heckscher Park
Main St. & Prime Ave.
11743 Huntington , NY
Phone: 631-581-2100
40° 52' 24.2724" N, 73° 25' 16.518" W
New York
Crab Meadow Beach-Northport
Waterside Avenue
11768 Northport , NY
Phone: 631-351-3000
40° 54' 34.0632" N, 73° 19' 43.518" W
New York
Peter Nelson Park
Oakwood Rd.
11743 Huntington , NY
Phone: 631-351-3089
40° 51' 42.1776" N, 73° 25' 39.5256" W
New York