FREE Outdoor Movies 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines -

FREE Outdoor Movies 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines

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Let the kids stay up late this summer for a fun FREE outdoor movie. Kids can wear their PJs and you can bring chairs and blankets to view these family friendly flicks in comfort under the stars.  Movies begin at dusk around 8:30 pm and FREE popcorn and other snacks are served at many of them. Here’s your complete guide to outdoor movies in Des Moines.


Movies Under the Stars is held on Friday nights in June and July in the Band Shell in Wagner Park.  The movies begin at dusk. The movies are FREE and open to the public; bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

June 5: Frozen
June 12: The Box Trolls
June 19: Maleficent
June 26: Annie
July 17: Goonies
July 24: Planes: Fire & Rescue
July 31: Lego Movie

Des Moines

Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movies shown throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is FREE, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are encouraged to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided.

May 29: Cats and Dogs – The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Riverwalk Dog Park – 1111 Illinois St.
June 4: The Rear Window – The Des Moines Art Center – 4700 Grand Ave.
June 11: Up – Ashby Park – 3200 38th St.
June 18: Paddington – Martin Luther King Jr Park – 1650 Garfield Ave.
June 25: Lego Movie – Chamberlain Park – 2150 Woodland Ave.
July 2: Godzilla – Witmer Park – 1610 34th St.
July 9: Maleficent – Cheatham Park – 1100 Day St.
July 16: Raiders of the Lost Ark – Softball Complex – 4980 NE 46th St.
July 23: Goonies – Sargent Park – 3530 E. Douglas Ave.
August 6: ET – Woodlawn Park – 3126 Twana Dr.
August 8: Ghostbusters – Hoyt Sherman – 1501 Woodland Ave.
August 20: Monsters Inc. – Ding Darling Shelter – 2100 Saylor Rd.

Free Flicks will be at the Art Center on the first Thursday of each month.  In partnership with Des Moines Parks and Recreation, the Art Center presents a series of eclectic and cinematic classics on the big screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments. All films begin at dusk; in case of rain, the film will be cancelled. Weather updates can be found on the Art Center’s website.

June 4: Rear Window, 1954 rated PG
July 2: Tootsie, 1982 rated PG
August 6: Blade Runner, 1982 rated R


Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movies will provide your family with unforgettable memories watching FREE family-friendly movies under the stars on our big screen at the Memorial Park Amphitheater. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. FREE popcorn is provided and drinks & candy are also available.

May 16: Big Hero 6
June 6: Annie
July 11: Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb
August 22: Lego Movie
September 19: Penguins of Madagascar

Summer Movie Night is presented by Warren County Conservation. They will be showing a fun, animal related movie on the side of the picnic pavilion at Annett Nature Center. Enjoy s’mores and snacks while watching the movie under the stars.

July 31: To Be Determined


Friday Night Flicks will be shown outside of the Clive Aquatic Center and in Linnan Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks and pajamas to watch a movie on an inflatable big screen. In the event of bad weather or wet grass, aquatic center movies will be shown indoors at the Clive Community Center. FREE popcorn while supplies last.

June 5: Lego Movie – Clive Aquatic Center
July 10: Open Season – Linnan Park
July 31: Planes Fire & Rescue – Clive Aquatic Center


Movies in the Park, pack a lawn chair or a blanket and head to Urbandale for an outdoor movie in Lions Park and Jeff Harm Park by Webster Elementary. Doors open at 8:30 pm and the movie begins at 9:15 pm. In addition to the FREE movie, FREE popcorn and snow cones will be served. If there is inclement weather, the movies will be shown indoors.

June 12: Wall-E – Lions Park
June 19: Field of Dreams – Lions Park
June 26: Lego Movie – Lions Park
July 10: Earth to Echo – Jeff Harm Park
July 17: Frozen – Jeff Harm Park
July 24: Big Hero 6 – Jeff Harm Park


Movies in the Park brings big screen movies under the big dipper to Centennial Park in Waukee.  This FREE event is a great way to make memories with your family and neighbors while enjoying Hollywood’s biggest hits under the stars. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Fresh popcorn and drinks are sold by the Park Board.

June 5: Big Hero 6
July 25: To Be Determined

Windsor Heights

Movies in the Park series is back again this year in Colby Park. Make Friday night “Family Movie Night”! We supply the movie, you bring the family! Come out early, bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, and enjoy quality time with your family in the beautiful park.  Concessions will be available.

June 19: Big Hero 6
June 26: It’s A Hard Knock Life
July 10: The Lego Movie
July 17: Paddington
July 24: When The Game Stands Tall
July 31: Brave
August 7: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day



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