Summer movies are a great way to take a break from the hot sun, eat some popcorn and enjoy a movie with your kids! And, many large theaters participate in FREE or very inexpensive Summer Film Festivals with fun titles like Rio2, How to Train Your Dragon, The BoxTrolls, The LEGO Movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and lots more.
Here’s a roundup of the ones I know about but be sure to call your local theater if you don’t see yours listed here to ask if they offer any summer specials or FREE Movies. Or if you know offhand of any programs you want to share with other readers, please feel free to share it in the comments with any info or link you can provide and I will add it to the post.
When you’re making plans, my advice is to get to the theater early, as sometimes there are whole groups of children from day camps arriving and they can fill up the theaters fast. Some of these programs may require you to enter your location first to see a schedule and list of movies. Hopefully the links below will help get you started…
CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE
All movies are rated G or PG and you can get 10 tickets in advance for $5, or pay just $1 per ticket at the box office on the day of the movie. Go HERE for more details and to find a location near you. Once you click on your location, you should see a full schedule for your theater plus, watch for a $1 off coupon for a movie snack pack.
REGAL CINEMAS, UNITED ARTISTS & EDWARDS THEATERS SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
The 2015 Regal Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with $1 admission. Movies will all be rated G or PG and start dates vary by location. You can check to see if you have a local participating theater along with movie titles and schedule on the Regal Entertainment Group Summer Movie Express site. Movies are being offered by select Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards Theaters.
CARMIKE CINEMAS SUMMER KID SERIES
This summer, kids can enjoy a movie, popcorn and a Coca-Cola product for only $4 at select theaters. Carmike has not released their Summer schedule yet, but keep watch HERE on their website, it should be posted soon.
MARCUS THEATRES KIDS DREAM SUMMER FILM SERIES
This summer, from 6/12 thru 8/17, Marcus Theatres will be showing family movies every Sunday, Monday, & Wednesday at 10 am, including titles like Dr. Seuss the Lorax, The Peanuts Movie, Minions, The Lego Movie, and more. Admission is only $3 and concessions are $2.75 for popcorn and $2.75 for fountain drinks. For a complete schedule of this summer’s movies and dates, you can go HERE. Marcus Theatres can be found in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, & Wisconsin.
BOWTIE CINEMAS FREE KIDS SUMMER FILM SERIES
Bowtie offers FREE admission to select kids’ movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am, starting 6/21 and running all summer thru 8/17 at participating Bowtie Cinemas with tickets issued on a first come-first served basis. You can go HERE for list of movies and participating theaters in CT, MD, NJ, NY, & VA.
MARQUEE CINEMAS SUMMER KIDS’ MOVIE PROGRAM
You can see a family movie for FREE, each week this summer at Marquee Cinemas in select states, including CT, FL, KY, NC, NJ, NY, TN, VA, & WV. You can go HERE for specific theater locations and more details.
Thru today only, May 20th, Living Social is offering an extra 15% off sitewide with code OMGSAVINGS. If you’re looking for gift ideas for Father’s Day, Living Social has great deals and discounts in your area on fun things to do, restaurants, spa packages, goods like clothing & electronics, sports & fitness classes, getaways, and more. They sometimes offer national deals as well. If you are new to Living Social, you can create a FREE account HERE.
Note: Promo code OMGSAVINGS must be used by 5/20, 2016 11:59 PM PST. Maximum discount of $20. Promo codes not valid for tickets or deals required to be completed on a third party site. Valid in the US only. See the full terms and details HERE.
Summer is just around the corner- and there are several organizations and companies offering special incentives to help encourage children to keep reading over the summer. Here’s a roundup of several & if you know of any others please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list!
Barnes & Noble: Kids can earn a FREE BOOK when they read any 8 books. You can record your books in a Reading Journal that can be downloaded HERE, available in both English and Spanish. Then, when its complete, bring it in to your local B&N store and kids can choose a FREE BOOK from their list. This program is designed for kids in grades one thru six and runs now thru September 6th. Check out their special Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 4th at 11 am to kick off the program. Kids can pick up their journals, enjoy fun-filled activities and cast a ballot for their favorite book hero!
JUNIE B. SUMMER READING CLUB: Check out the Got to B…Junie B.! Kids’ Reading Club! You can join on their website HERE and download a complete Reading Log and Activity Brochure. Plus, parents can sign up for the Junie B. Jones Parent Newsletter and keep updated with news of special events, sweepstakes, fun games and activities for kids, and more.
Local Libraries: Don’t forget to check out your local library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme for this Summer, for most locations is: On Your Mark, Get Set… Read! Many will have free activities and prizes for goals reached. Call your local library for details. You can also go HERE for a directory of national library systems. Click on your state and then find your city.
Chuck E Cheese: Check out their Rewards Reading Calendar, available year-round! You can download it HERE for FREE. Record your reading for 2 weeks and you’ll earn 10 FREE tokens when you bring in your calendar to a participating Chuck E. Cheese location! Note: Child(ren) must be present to redeem their tokens. No more than 1 of any free token offer can be used per child, per day. Food purchase is required (beverage does not count as food purchase). Go HERE for more details.
Pizza Hut Summer Reading Challenge: Check out Pizza Hut for great ideas to help keep your kids reading this summer! Pizza Hut and Candlewick Press have teamed together to bring you story-themed kits you can download for FREE, including Maisy’s Story Hour Kit, Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem Activity Kit, Little Card Kit, and more. If you don’t own the book, you can always make an outing to the library to borrow it :-), ISBN numbers are provided by Candlewick Press. Just go HERE to check it out!
Sylvan Book Adventure: Kids in grades K-8 can read a book from the Book Adventure list, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes. To get started, go HERE to register. Kids need to score at least a 90% on the quizzes to earn points but quizzes can be taken more than once. You can check out the Prize Library HERE.
TD Bank: Starting June 1st, kids in grades K-5 can earn a $10 deposit for a new or existing Young Saver Account by reading 10 books this summer by August 31st. Just go HERE to print out the Summer Reading Form to record your books and when completed, take it to your nearest TD Bank. Limit one $10 offer per reader.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – Be A Reading Superhero: Now thru September 9th, kids can sign up and log their reading minutes to win cool rewards with this FREE online program from Scholastic. Parents can get reading tips, booklists and track their kids reading either online or on their phone. Get started today, you can go HERE to signup!
Groupon is offering up an extra 20% off on up to 3 local deals, including restaurants, massages & spas, family activities, health & fitness, plus lots more! Just enter promo code SALE3 at checkout to get the discount. If you are not a member of Groupon, you can sign up HERE.
You can also get an extra 10% off on up to 3 Goods and 10% off on up to 3 Getaways with the same code, SALE3. You will need to do each deal separately to use the code SALE3 in each transaction. So take a good look around to see what you can find and enjoy the savings while it lasts! These deals end tomorrow, May 19th and you can check them out HERE.
Note: Code SALE3, is valid on up to 3 Local Vouchers, 3 Goods, and 3 Getaways per customer, up to $50 discount thru 5/19. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.
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Here are some FREE & Discount events going on this weekend. Many may seem to have consistent national participation- but it is always wise to call your local location to be sure they are participating.
MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: Kids can make and take home a completed project– cost varies by project and includes supplies (usually in $2 – $7 range). Recommended for ages 3 and up. This Saturday, May 14th from 10 am – 12 noon, kids can make their own Dreamcatcher. Cost of supplies: $2. Just go HERE and scroll down for more details to see a schedule of events.
GROUPON: Sign up and receive a daily email fro Groupon with coupon offers for savings up to 90% in a city near you. Visit the Groupon Site, choose your city and enter your e-mail. Each day they feature something cool to do in your city at an unbeatable price. To learn more about how Groupon works, go HERE, and see if there is a city close enough to you to take advantage of some of these great deals.
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