Harkins Theatres, which operates mostly in the Phoenix area, but also has a small number of theatres in other parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, is offering 10 weeks of G- and PG-rated movies for $2 per ticket or the whole season for less than $10 per person.  The tickets are for weekday 9:45 a.m. shows starting at the end of May.

Malco Theatres, which operates in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee, is offering $2 kids’ films at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during June and July.

Clearview  Cinemas, with locations in New York and New Jersey, is offering free kids’ movies at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks starting on July 6th.

Lots of towns offer free movies in parks, libraries, and other venues throughout the summer as well.  And, of course, there are always free DVDs to be checked out at the library.

We’ve turned most Sunday nights into movie night at our house, watching classics with the kids like the Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Dr. Doolittle, and more.

What free or inexpensive kid-friendly activities do you plan to take part in this summer?


Matt Bell is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, including the brand new "Money & Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples."  He teaches a wide variety of workshops, including MoneySmart Marriage, at churches, conferences, universities, and other venues throughout the country.  To learn more about his work and subscribe to his blog, go to: www.mattaboutmoney.com.