Head outdoors for family movies on the cheap

12/31/1840 9:00 AM

06/03/2014 2:46 PM

Summer is the time to enjoy the silver screen under the stars. Grab lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and the kids to watch these inexpensive (and usually free) movies outside, with music and other entertainment as a bonus.

Crown Center: At the “WeekEnder,” listen to local bands, shop KC artisans and conclude your Fridays with a movie at Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand Blvd. Activities start at 5 p.m., music at 6 p.m. and the movie at 9 p.m.: “Mean Girls,” July 11; “The Sandlot,” July 18; “Star Trek,” July 25; “The Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 1; “Jaws,” Aug. 8. Admission is free. crowncenter.com

Hyde Park: This Children’s Film Festival offers a movie along with a youth band and kids’ educational activity at Hyde Park, 36th Street and Gillham Road. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays in June: “Frozen,” June 6; “Epic,” June 13; “Thor: The Dark World,” June 20; “The Lego Movie,” June 27. Admission is free. HydeParkKC.org or 816-753-6719.

Kearney Amphitheater: This venue puts on concerts and entertainment all summer, including two movies. Both films begin at dusk at 3001 N. Missouri 33: “Frozen,” 9 p.m. July 11; “The Lego Movie,” 8:20 p.m. Aug. 22. Admission is free. kearneyamphitheater.com

Mulberry Lake: Briarcliff Trails presents family-favorite movies, with the lake in the background, at 4151 N. Mulberry Drive in Kansas City, North. All films begin at 8:45 p.m. Saturdays: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” June 7; “Singin’ in the Rain,” June 14; “Toy Story 3,” June 21; “Thor: The Dark World,” June 28; “The Incredibles,” July 12; “The Avengers,” July 19; “Pitch Perfect, July 26; “Despicable Me 2,” Aug. 2; “Fast & Furious 6,” Aug. 9; “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Aug. 16. Admission is free. briarcliffvillagekc.com

Oak Grove Park: Gladstone Parks & Recreation will show two animated movies at 7656 N. Troost Ave. Both begin at 9 p.m. on Fridays: “Despicable Me 2,” June 20; “Nut Job,” July 18. Admission is free. gladstone.mo.us

Paradise Park: Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation presents Summer of Fun with three movies at 1021 N.E. Colbern Road. All begin at 8 p.m.: “Dolphin Tale,” June 23; “Finding Nemo,” July 25; “Rudy,” Aug. 23. Admission is free. cityofls.net or 816-969-1500.

Summit Fair: “Back to Summer” offers a “Back to the Future”-themed movie night at 840 N.W. Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summit. The event goes from 6 to 11 p.m. June 29 with face painting, a balloon artist and costume contest. “Back to the Future” plays at 9 p.m. Admission is free. summitfairshopping.com

Theatre in the Park: The Movies in the Park series kicks off next week at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. All films begin at 8:45. Sing-along version of “Frozen,” June 10; “Cars” and “The Love Bug” double feature, June 24; “Bolt” and “The Shaggy Dog” double feature, July 7; “Iron Man” trilogy, July 22; “The Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 5; “When Harry Met Sally,” Aug. 12; “The Goonies,” Aug. 16; “Easter Parade,” Aug. 19; “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella” double feature, Aug. 23; “Some Like It Hot,” Aug. 26; “The Lego Movie,” Aug. 30. Admission is $1. theatreinthepark.org

To reach Linley Sanders, call 816-234-4297 or send email to lsanders@kcstar.com.

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