Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Finally! Toddler X's Guide to Summer Outdoor Movies is here! (2015 Edition)

[7/7/16 update: Please note that this post and the movie schedules listed below are from last summer, and due to personal circumstances, I won't be doing an updated list this summer. However, I have updated the links to help you as you research fun, outdoor movies for your family in 2016. Happy viewing!]

My much-requested guide to free, kid-friendly outdoor movie series this summer is finally here!

If you're unsure of your toddler's ability to sit through a flick in the theaters, this may be a great way to test attention span without spending a ton of money on tickets and popcorn. Take a look at Common Sense Media's page before bringing your child to one of these to determine each movie's toddler-friendliness. Then, pack a blanket, some chairs, some snacks and some warm clothes, and go enjoy a movie under the stars!

Happy toddling!

Camden Community Center -- Friday evenings

A free series of outdoor movies at the Camden Community Center (San Jose), sponsored by the Cambrian Park Kiwanis. Seating starts at 7:30, movie starts at dark (usually 8:30-9:00). Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Current lineup:
  • July 17: Penguins of Madagascar
  • July 24: How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • July 31: Monsters v. Aliens
  • August 7: The Spongebob Movie
  • August 14: Rio 2
  • August 21: Home

Evergreen Village Square -- Friday Evenings

Evergreen Village Square in San Jose hosts wine/art/food/music events on every other Friday evening during the summer, followed by a family-friendly movie.

Here's what I could find:
  • July 17: The Karate Kid (incidentally, one of Mr. X's favorite movies of all time)
  • July 31: Big Hero 6
  • August 14: TBA
  • August 28: TBA

Saratoga Parks and Rec and Roku sponsor Summer Movie Nights at El Quito Park in Saratoga. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and the movie is shown at 8:30. Pre-movie entertainment is provided by Dottie the Clown. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and snacks.

Here's the lineup:
  • July 17: Wreck It Ralph
  • August 21: Big Hero 6

Santa Clara County Parks sponsors movie nights at various county parks throughout the summer. I don't see listings for specific movies -- it simply says, "Watch a free family-friendly movie on a big screen. Bring a flashlight and lawn chair or blanket." Check out the link or contact the parks department for more information. Events start at 8:00 or 8:30 p.m. (check link).

Here are the locations of this summer's events:
  • Saturday, July 18: Hellyer County Park
  • Saturday, August 1: Santa Teresa County Park
  • Friday, August 7: Ed Levin County Park
  • Saturday, August 8: Mt. Madonna County Park
  • Friday, August 14: Anderson Lake County Park
  • Saturday, August 22: Santa Teresa County Park

Films are shown at Blackberry Farm on Thursday evenings and at Memorial Park on Friday evenings, with all showings at 8:15 p.m.

Here's the lineup:
  • Thursday, July 16: Dolphin Tale 2
  • Thursday, July 23: 101 Dalmatians (the old one)
  • Thursday, July 30: The Croods
  • Friday, August 7: The Lego Movie
  • Friday, August 14: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Friday, August 21: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Movies begin at 8:30 or when dark outside. Bring snacks and a blanket or chair. Movies take place at various Mountain View parks.

Here's the lineup (all are Fridays):
  • July 17: How To Train Your Dragon 2, Sylvan Park
  • July 24: The Little Rascals, Eagle Park
  • July 31: Penguins of Madagascar, Stevenson Park
  • August 7: Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Whisman Park
  • August 14: Big Hero 6, Rengstorff Park

So there you go! If you know of any I've missed, please let me know.


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