Cuddle Up and Catch a Flick in the Great Outdoors
There’s just something about curling up with your kids under a blanket and the wide open sky to watch a movie. It’s a Northwest tradition to love.
The weather finally gets nice enough this month to catch an outdoor flick. Your kids will love the chance to stay up late, especially if you pop some popcorn and bring some candy, indoor theater-style.
The key to a successful outing is to get there at least one hour early and set up your spot with low-backed chairs (so you don’t block other people’s view), bean bags or blankets. The movies start at dusk. The temperature will usually dip, so bring some warm clothes. If you have little ones in tow, you might dress them in pajamas and bring a pillow in case they need to crash out.
Some locations offer pre-show activities and entertainment. Others take place at parks, where kids can run around and play before the movie. Yet it’s still a good idea to bring a picnic dinner and games to pass the time before the show.
More than 20 cities in the area and seven Seattle neighborhoods are offering outdoor movies this summer. Here are some kid-friendly flicks to put in your calendar. Enjoy your movie!
FRIDAY, JULY 6
CinemaGig Outdoors. Gig Harbor’s outdoor summer theater for families. Bring low chairs and a blanket. Free popcorn, water and soda. Monsters vs. Aliens (PG) 9:15 p.m. today at Skansie, Lady and the Tramp (G) 9 p.m. July 21 at Skansie, The Water Horse (PG) 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Donkey Creek, Disney’s EARTH 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4. at Skansie, Happy Feet Two (PG) 8:15 p.m. Aug. 18 at Skansie. FREE. Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, and Donkey Creek Park, 8714 N Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-857-4842. www.gigharborguide.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Movies @ Marymoor. Grease (PG-13) today, Hugo (PG) July 18, Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) July 25, The Muppets (PG) Aug. 1, Moneyball (PG-13) Aug. 8, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (G) Aug. 15, Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG) Aug. 22, The Princess Bride (PG) Aug. 29. Bring a low-back chair or blanket. Leashed dogs welcome. 7 p.m. activities, movie at dusk. Preferred seating for pre-movie activities $5. Parking fee. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond. www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/inventory/marymoor/movies.aspx.
Popcorn in the Parks. Hoodwinked (G) today, Happy Feet 2 (PG) July 14, Big Miracle (PG) July 21., The Muppets (PG) Aug. 4, Soul Surfer (PG) Aug. 11, Dolphin Tale (PG) Aug. 18. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic (popcorn provided). Dusk (approx. 9 p.m.). FREE. Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville. 360-363-8400. www.marysvillewa.gov.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park. Puss in Boots (PG) today, Happy Feet 2 (PG) July 17, Zookeeper (PG) July 24, The Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) July 31, Soul Surfer (PG) Aug. 7, Big Miracle (PG) Aug. 14, Dolphin Tale (PG) Aug. 21, We Bought a Zoo (PG) Aug. 28. Free popcorn. Bring picnics, blankets and low-back chairs. Dusk. FREE. Each night themed to benefit a different charity, see donation needs online. Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 Fourth St. N.E., Bellevue. 425-452-4240. www.intelius.com/summermovies.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13) today, The Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) July 19, The Help (PG-13) July 26, Forrest Gump (PG-13) Aug. 2, The Lion King (G) Aug. 9, Back to the Future (PG) Aug. 16, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG) Aug. 23, The Goonies (PG) Aug. 30. Bring blankets, dogs and lawn chairs. Entertainment and costume contests at 7 p.m., movie at dusk. $5. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle. www.epiceap.com/seattle-outdoor-movies.
Karaoke and Outdoor Movie. Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (PG) today, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) July 19, Cars 2 (G) July 26. Karaoke at 7 p.m., followed by movie at dusk (approx. 9 p.m.). Free popcorn and water from Arlington Kiwanis. Bring a blanket for terraced seating. Terrace Park, 809 E. Fifth St., Arlington. 360-403-3448. www.arlingtonwa.gov.
Family Movies in the Park. The Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) 9:40 p.m. today, Twilight: Breaking Dawn (PG-13) 9:35 p.m. July 19, Megamind (PG) 9:25 p.m. July 26, Hugo (PG) 9:15 p.m. Aug. 2, WALL-E (G) 9 p.m. Aug. 9, Thor (PG-13) 8:45 p.m. Aug. 16. Bring blankets and low-back chairs, snacks available for purchase. Seating begins 7:00 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. www1.co.snohomish.wa.us.
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Fremont Outdoor Movies. Ghostbusters (PG) tonight, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13) July 21, Top Gun (PG) July 28, Mamma Mia! (PG-13) Aug. 4. Pre-show games and contests, costumes encouraged. Bring lawn chairs or bean chairs, leashed pets welcome. Gates open at 7 p.m., movie at dusk. $5. 3501 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. 206-282-5706. http://fremontoutdoormovies.com.
Outdoor Movie Night. Thor (PG-13), The Princess Bride (PG) July 28, Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) Aug. 11, Footloose (PG-13) Aug. 25, The Lorax (PG) Sept. 8. Bring a low-back or beanbag chair. Dusk. $5 suggested donation to Hopelink. The Plaza at Carillon Point, 4100 Carillon Point, Kirkland. 425-822-1700. www.carillon-point.com/home/movie.html.
Music & Movies. Concert (7 p.m.) and movie (dusk). That Thing You Do! (PG) today, Tangled (PG) July 21, Rio (G) July 28, Soul Surfer (PG) Aug. 4, Hairspray (PG) and Mamma Mia! (PG-13) Aug. 11. Bring food or purchase snacks. FREE. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey. 360-491-0857. www.ci.lacey.wa.us.
Outdoor Cinema Series. Hop (PG) today, Footloose (PG-13) July 28, Dolphin Tale (PG) Aug. 11, Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster (PG) Aug. 25. Bring a blanket and chairs. Concessions sold. Dusk. FREE. Bradley Lake Park, 531 31st Ave. S.E., Puyallup. 253-841-5457. www.cityofpuyallup.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Summer Outdoor Cinema. Hugo (PG) tonight, Dolphin Tale (PG) July 27, The Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) Aug. 3, The Muppets (PG) Aug. 10. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. 8 p.m., movie at dusk. FREE, bring two canned food donations per family. Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. 206-768-2822. www.ci.tukwila.wa.us.
Cinema Under the Stars. Family entertainment (7:30 p.m.) and movie (dusk). WALL-E (G) today, Hop (PG) July 27, The Muppets (PG) Aug. 3, Hugo (PG) Aug. 10, Ghostbusters (PG) Aug. 17. FREE. Camp Patterson, Thornton A. Sullivan Park, 11405 Silver Lake Road, Everett. 425-257-8300. www.ci.everett.wa.us.
Movies Under the Stars at Swedish/Edmonds. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) tonight, The Incredibles (PG) 8:15 p.m. Aug. 10, Charlotte’s Web (G) 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Free popcorn and lemonade. Seating on site for first 200 guests, can also bring blankets. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Swedish/Edmonds Hospital, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. www.swedish.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Bring blankets and chairs. Pretty in Pink (PG-13) today, Young Frankenstein (PG) July 28, The Lion King (G) Aug. 4, Iron Man (PG-13) Aug. 11, Yellow Submarine (G) Aug. 18, Top Gun (PG) Aug. 25. 6 p.m., movies start at dusk. FREE. 4410 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. http://wsmovies.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
Moonlight Cinema. Elf (PG) today, Top Gun (PG) Aug. 2, Talladega Nights (PG) Aug. 9, Moneyball (PG-13) Aug. 30. Bring a blanket or low back chairs, and picnic. Barbeque food and beer garden available. Gates open 6 p.m., movie at dusk. $5, ages 18 and younger with parent or legal guardian. Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville. http://redhook.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
Moonlight Movies. Dolphin Tale (PG). Bring blankets and low-back chairs. 7 p.m., movie at dusk. FREE. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N., Renton. Inclement weather line 425-430-6719. www.rentonwa.gov.
Outdoor Movie. Rio (G) tonight, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (PG) Aug. 3. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The movie begins at dusk (around 9 p.m.). FREE. Frances Anderson Center Playfield, 700 Main St., Edmonds. 425-771-0230. www.edmondswa.gov.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
Movies at the Mural. The Princess Bride (PG) tonight, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG) Aug. 4, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) Aug. 5, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG) Aug. 11, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13) Aug. 12, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG-13) Aug. 18, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG) Aug. 19, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13) Aug. 25, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (PG-13) Aug. 26. Bring low-back chairs or blankets. No pets. 9 p.m. FREE. Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. 206-684-7200.
Outdoor Movies. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG) 7:30 activities, 8:30 movie tonight, How to Train Your Dragon (PG) 7 p.m. activities, 8 p.m. movie Aug. 25. FREE. Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street, Mercer Island. www.mercergov.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Moonlight Movies. Super 8 (PG-13) tonight, The Muppets (PG) Aug. 10. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. 7 p.m., movie at dusk. FREE. Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N., Renton. Inclement weather line 425-430-6719. www.rentonwa.gov.
Summer Sounds & Cinema. Tangled (PG) tonight, Sunset Park, 1306 69th St. S.E., Auburn. Toy Story (G) Aug. 10, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn. Despicable Me (PG) Aug. 17, Les Gove Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Food concessions available. Concert 7 p.m., movie at dusk. 253-931-3043. www.auburnwa.gov.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
MOHAI Movies in the Park. 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13) tonight, Harry and the Hendersons (PG) Aug. 11, It Happened at the World’s Fair (NR) Aug. 18, Sleepless in Seattle (PG) Aug. 25. Movie 30 minutes after sunset. FREE. Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle. 206-342-1126. www.seattlehistory.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Summer Nights and the Silver Screen. The Muppets (PG) 9 p.m. tonight, A League of Their Own (PG) 8:45 p.m. Aug. 17, Men in Black (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. FREE. Town Square Plaza, Second Avenue N. and W. Harrison Street, Kent. 253-856-5200. www.kentwa.gov.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Movies in the Park. Zookeeper (PG) tonight, Rio (G) Aug. 18. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. 7 p.m., movie at dusk. FREE. McCormick Park, 26200 N.E. Stephens St., Duvall. 425-788-3414. www.duvallwa.gov.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Moonlight Movies. Viewer's choice movie of either Hugo, Hop or Puss in Boots (all PG). Vote online at www.bensonplan.org. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. 7 p.m., movie at dusk. FREE. Cascade Village at CVAC Baseball Field, 16840 116th Ave. S.E., Renton. Inclement weather line 425-430-6719. www.rentonwa.gov.