With school out and the muggy weather moving in, it can be a challenge to find kid-friendly activities in St. Louis. But whether it's hot and muggy or rainy and dread, a good kids flick is a great way to spend a summer day.
Each summer, local Marcus Theatres present the Kids Dream Family Film Series. During this series, movies the whole family will enjoy are shown three mornings a week for just $3 a ticket. All movies are rated PG and are shown in standard 2D. Seating for all movies is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The movies are popular so it's best to arrive early to ensure you get a seat.
The Kids Dream Family Film Series is just one of many family-friendly events happening in St. Louis each summer. For more ideas, check out the free summer movies and live theater and free summer concerts and live music.
In 2018, the Kids Dream Family Film Series runs from June 24 to August 29. The movies are shown on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. In August, Saturday morning viewings will be added. The titles and dates of scheduled movies are subject to change, but are scheduled to include:
- "Ferdinand": June 24, 25, 27
- "Wonder": July 1, 2, 4
- "Trolls": July 8, 9, 11
- "Lego Ninjago": July 15, 16, 18
- "Paddington 2": July 22, 23, 25
- "Early Man": July 29 and 30 and August 1
- "Despicable Me 3": August 4, 5, 6, 8
- "My Little Pony": August 11, 12, 13, 15
- "Peter Rabbit": August 18, 19, 20, 22
- "Sherlock Gnomes": August 25, 26, 27, 29
The movies are shown at seven Marcus Theatres in the St. Louis area: Arnold Cinema, Des Peres Cinema, St. Charles Cinema, Town Square Cinema, Chesterfield Cinema, Mid Rivers Cinema, and Ronnie's Cinema.
Ticket and Food Prices
Tickets are $3 a person, which is a great deal for families. You can also save money on refreshments during the film series. Discounted popcorn and fountain drinks are available for $2.75 each.
Other Budget Movie Options
For another inexpensive movie option, tickets at St. Clair Cinema in Fairview Heights, Illinois, are $3.50 every day. You won't find the latest new releases, but the theater does show fairly new films that have been out for a few weeks or months. Keep in mind that it does cost extra if to see a movie in 3D.
You can also save money by going to movies on Tuesdays or early in the day. Tickets at Marcus Theatres and AMC Theatres are just $5 on Tuesdays. Some theaters also offer discounted movie tickets on early bird showings before 11 a.m. Other discounts may apply for active military members, students, and seniors depending on time and location.
Regal Cinemas also host its Summer Movie Express film series for kids and families. Movies are shown on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Tickets are $1.