Free or Cheap Movies for Kids {Winter 2017}

When it is cold outside there is nothing I would rather do with my son than to stay warm with a good movie.  With the cost of the tickets, popcorn, and drinks it can be so expensive. However, it doesn’t have to be, there are many places that offer free or very inexpensive movies for families this winter.  We’ve rounded up some of the special low cost series as well as some free options so you can warm up this winter in front of the big screen.

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Free  Movies for Kids

11 February 10:30- 11:30 a.m. – Drive – In Movies
Lake Forest Library, 360 E Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest
Decorate your own “car” and enjoy a movie.

16 February, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Kids Movie Night
Round Lake Area Library, 906 Hart Rd, Round Lake
Share a children’s movie with the family for free!

20 February, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  – No School Day Movie : Storks
Cook Park Library (morning showtime), 413 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville
Aspen Drive Library ( afternoon showtime)701 Aspen Dr, Vernon Hills
Come watch the PG movie Storks. The library will provide the snacks. Registration is required.

20 February, 2:00 -4:30 p.m.  – Movie Matinee Disney’s Inside Out
Warren Newport Library, 224 O’Plaine Rd, Gurnee
Bring your favorite beverage and snack to watch Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” on our big screen. Rated PG. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Animal crackers will be served

16 March, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Kids Movie Night
Round Lake Area Library, 906 Hart Rd, Round Lake
Share a children’s movie with the family for free!

27 March, 2:00 – 4:00p.m. – Movie Matinee Air Bud
Warren Newport Library, 224 O’Plaine Rd, Gurnee
Bring your favorite snack and beverages to watch “Air Bud” on our big screen. Rated PG. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Animal crackers will be served.

1 April, 6:00 p.m. – Family Movie Night
Lindenhurst Park District, 2200 Grass Lake Rd, Lindenhurst
Join Lindenhurst Park District for a special showing of Finding Dory.  Bring your chairs, sleeping bags, and comfy blankets for a free night of fun. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  and movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Cheap Movies for Kids

3 February 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Family Movie Night 
Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove
$2 admission
Grab your friends and family and join us for a special screening of Monsters University!  Dress up in your favorite Monsters gear and join us for a night of laughs and family fun.  Bring your chairs and blankets to lounge in the multipurpose room, and enjoy the film (seating is not provided).  There will be free popcorn; and, we will also have candy and drinks available for purchase.  Doors will open at 6:15 pm; the movie will begin at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required.

3 February – 26 February – Disney Enchanted Tales
Marcus Cinema, Gurnee Mills, 6144 Grand Ave, Gurnee
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, see website for showtimes
$5 admission per person
Featured movies will be :

  • Frozen February 3 – 5
  • Dumbo – February 10 – 12
  • Aladdin – February 17 – 20
  • Alice in Wonderland – February 24 – 26

24 February,  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – The Film Series at Gorton : Singing in the Rain
Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Tickets are $5
Seating is general admission.

5 March – 9 April   – Kids Dream Winter Movie Series
Marcus Cinema, Gurnee Mills, 6144 Grand Ave, Gurnee
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Download on their website two free movie passes courtesy of American Family Insurance for one of their Kids Dream Movies.

Featured movies will be:

  • March 3 – 5: Kung Fu Panda 3
  • March 10 – 12: Ice Age: Collision Course
  • March 17 – 19: The Wild Life
  • March 24 – 26: Storks
  • March 31 – April 2: Kubo and the Two Strings
  • April 7 – 9: Secret Life of Pets

Admission without printing the passes is $3 per person.  In addition there will be promotions for $2.75 popcorn and fountain drinks.

 

Tuesdays, Year Round  – $5 Tuesdays
Marcus Cinema, Gurnee Mills, only  $5 Every Tuesday. What is great about this special is that if you sign up for a Magical Movie Rewards card (its free), you receive free popcorn, and gives you special pricing for $2 Hot Dogs & $2 Candy. Know you are going to be attending a movie this upcoming week? They allow you to pre-purchase your seats online so you can ensure good seating.

Tuesdays, Year Round, – $5 Tuesdays
Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 16, Rollins Crossing, 550 E Rollins Rd, Round Lake Beach
Enjoy free small popcorn and current movies for only $5. This theater is a favorite for my family on Tuesdays.

 

Watch our calendar for more dates as events are updated!

 

What’s your favorite place to catch a flick? Let us know in the comments below. 

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About Tracy Rubel 118 Articles
Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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