Get a break from the summer heat and head into your local movie theater for a fun air-conditioned outing with the kids! Or enjoy an outdoor screening under the stars! There are several local places offering free or very inexpensive films for families. Here’s a round-up of where to go in Austin for children’s summer movies:

–> Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp offers a lineup of family favorites and a new choose-your-own ticket price option ($1 – $5) with proceeds benefiting local charities. Get your tickets in advance on the Alamo Drafthouse website. Be sure to pick up your free Summer Fun Card where you can win prizes for seeing movies at the Alamo.

August:

  • Paddington 2
  • Prince of Egypt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Despicable Me

–> The Moviehouse & Eatery Summer Kids Camp will offer free movies every Tuesday morning through August 28. Tickets are given away starting at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. The movie will start at 10 a.m. Click here for more info, and check out the first-half of the summer schedule:

  • Shrek, August 7
  • We Bought a Zoo, August 14
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2, August 21
  • The Wizard of OZ, August 28

–> The Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket, or you can purchase a pass for all 10 movies for only $5. This is offered locally at Movies 8 in Round Rock, Mondays through Thursdays at 10 a.m. (Click here for movie schedule) Films include:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Storks
  • Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Ferdinand
  • Paddington 2
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • The Emoji Movie

–> Regal Summer Movie Express offers films on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for only $1. Each week, both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Local theatres include:

Click each link above for full schedule and listings of the kids movies.


–> Summer Family Film Series
For a second year, the Bullock Museum presents a series of affordable family films! Enjoy three multi-sensory screenings of classic films about friendship. Tickets are $3 for Bullock Museum members and students and $5 for general admission. Seating begins at 1:30 p.m. and all seats are available on a first come first served basis. Arrive early for drop-in at a family activity station on the second floor to celebrate friendships from 12 -1:30 p.m.

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, June 23
  • The Land Before Time, July 14
  • Toy Story, August 11

–> Sound and Cinema is back at the Long Center for another round of awesome pairings of live music with an outdoor movie screening. Join us at these FREE, family-friendly events. At each Sound & Cinema event, the fun starts around 6 p.m. with plenty of food trucks on site, with the concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by the movie around 8:45 p.m. Save these dates:


–> Sunday School is a monthly family-friendly series at the Austin Film Society Cinema, which aims to introduce young audiences to global classics that parents and kids can enjoy together. Get $5 tickets for each screening at the box office for everyone 17 and under. This summer you can choose from the titles below (and click each link to enter to win 4 tickets!).


MORE MOVIES: Here’s even more movies to check out this summer!

–> Community Cinema at Community First Village offers movies on Friday nights with a suggested donation of $5. Click here to see what’s playing.

–> Austin Parks Foundation presents Movies in the Park! Click here to view the schedule for the rest of their season.

–> The Austin Public Library also offers plenty of free film screenings at various branches throughout the summer. Click here to see what’s coming up.

–> Click here to keep track of all the free & cheap summer movies sorted by date!

Have fun!