— Updated August 2017 —
Head to your local movie theater for a fun outing with the kids! 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 – $3) with proceeds benefiting local charities. Get your tickets in advance on the Alamo Drafthouse website. New this year, be sure to pick up your free Summer Fun Card where you can win prizes for seeing movies at the Alamo.


  • Song of the Sea
  • Speed Racer
  • Jumanji
  • The Secret Life of Pets


–> The Moviehouse & Eatery Summer Kids Camp will offer free movies every Tuesday morning through August 22. 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 schedule here:

  • August 8: The LEGO Movie
  • August 15: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • August 22: Sing

cinemarksummer2015–> 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. Click here for more info and for coupons. Here’s the list of locations and links to movie schedules for this program:

–> Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7
All tickets are only $1 for their summer series for kids, and all movies start at 10:30 a.m. on the following schedule:

  • 8/7 – 8/10 — Trolls
  • 8/14 – 8/17 — Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • 8/21 – 8/24 — Dolphin Tale

–> Summer Free Family Film Series
This takes place at the Bullock Museum with the theme: A Magical Fantastical Adventure. These programs are free and open to the public with preferred seating for Museum members. You will find some old favorites, and discover some soon to be. No RSVP required. These movie screenings start at 2 p.m. in the Texas Spirit Theater on the 2nd floor of the museum. The films include:

  • August 5: The Secret of Kells
  • August 12: Where the Wild Things Are

–> 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 (not always for young kids).
  • 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!