Editor's note: Updated on May 11, 2018, to include information for 2018 movie series.
Air conditioning, sweet air conditioning. You’ll find low-cost summer fun in comfort at the plentiful and varied kids’ film series at local theaters. There’s everything from recent kid-friendly G and PG movies you may have missed to classics you’ll enjoy sharing. Here's a roundup of some fun ones to try:
The 10-week series of G and PG movies, will be offered at several locations, with times and weeks of the series determined by each theater and various starting dates. It's $5 for a 10-film punch card, while supplies last, or $1 at the door. Punch cards must be used at the theater where they are purchased; each punch card includes one admission for each week's film. Locations and schedules for participating theaters are available here.
Some featured movies: The Boss Baby, Ferdinand, Storks.
Each film in the series costs $1. Films run Mondays through Fridays at 11 a.m. at various Studio Movie Grill locations and change weekly, June 4 through Aug. 17. Currently, nine Studio Movie Grill locations scatter the D-FW area. studiomoviegrill.com.
Some featured movies: Megamind, Ferdinand, The Croods.
This three-month program offers a mix of kids’ classic and recent movies for a cause at the Alamo Drafthouse. You can make a $1, $3 or $5 donation for a ticket good for a screening that changes weekly. 100 percent of net ticket sales benefit local nonprofits. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The series starts June 4 at locations in Dallas, Richardson and Irving. Screenings are on various days at 10 a.m. and run through August. (The chain also offers monthly PBS Kids screenings.) Throughout June, July and August, Alamo Drafthouse is also running the Summer Fun Card, a program that allows kids to earn stickers with each movie they see. In return, the stickers can go towards free rewards, including milkshakes and popcorn. drafthouse.com/dfw.
Some featured movies: The Lego Movie, Sing, Kung Fu Panda.
The nine-week series costs $1 per movie, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Will Rogers Institute. June 5-Aug. 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 at UA Fossil Creek Stadium 11, 6100 North Freeway, Fort Worth. regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express.
Some featured movies: The Iron Giant, Despicable Me 2, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets.
Kids Flicks runs June 5 through Aug. 9 at Movie Tavern locations in Arlington, Bedford and Fort Worth's Hulen Mall; and May 28 through Aug. 2 at theaters in Denton and Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth. Screenings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Admission is $4 but that includes a $4 credit toward your child's food and soft drink. Check the Movie Tavern location of your choice for the exact movie schedule. movietavern.com.
Some featured movies: Trolls, Sing, Boss Baby, Despicable Me 3.
Kids can catch a movie and a enjoy a kid-sized refreshment pack for $4, every Wednesday (except July 4) at 10 a.m. at AMC locations in Forney, Hickory Creek, Irving and Mesquite. The Summer Movie Camp series starts on June 6 and runs through Aug. 1 (June 13 to Aug. 8 in Mesquite). Tickets are only available at the box office.
Some featured movies: Trolls, Paddington 2, The Batman Movie.
Watch kid-friendly movies on Saturdays and Tuesdays, June 2 through Aug. 14., with a $1 ticket. Titles change weekly. Choose between the Kids' Movie Series which starts at 10 a.m. or Sensory Sensitive Cinema at 9 a.m. The latter offers a quieter experience, with sound and lights adjusted for children with sensory sensitivity.
Some featured movies: Ferdinand, The Lego Batman Movie, Boss Baby.
Staff writer Norma Cavazos contributed to this story.