Star light, star bright, why not take the kids to an outdoor movie night? Grab the lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, there’s a flick playing almost every night of the week this summer.
Evo Summer Cinema
What’s better than a free movie in Stanley Park? Every Tuesday night from July 2nd to August 20th, this fresh air cinema will be showing free classics for the whole family. Located at Second Beach in between the water and Stanley Park Drive. Oh, and head to the washrooms early, they’re not the easiest to find, especially when it’s dark. And don’t forget insect repellant.
Summer Movie Nights in the Square
Now this is making great use of the newly reno-ed space behind (or is that in front of) the Vancouver Art Gallery. Movies take place every Wednesday in July and August at dusk at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square.
Head way downtown to the North Point of Canada Place for an outdoor movie night while you sneak in views of the ocean and North Shore mountains. Watch a free summer blockbuster with the fam every Thursday evening from July 11 – August 29 under the stars.
Harmony Arts Festival at John Lawson Park
August 2-11, 2019
West Vancouver’s Cinema in the Park offers free movies for the month of August as part of the City’s Harmony Arts Festival. The family can enjoy a mix of PG and G rated movies, from The Incredibles to Top Gun, but they don’t start until 9 pm. So if you’re early, enjoy the live music and art displays throughout the Ambleside area.
North Vancouver Civic Plaza
Four classic family movies will be shown July 19 & 26, August 9 and Sept 14 . Movies begin at sunset. Come for a movie, but stay for the all-age activities like piano sing-alongs, trivia and arts and crafts and face painting. Movie seating is limited, so bring a few chairs. There’s no grass, so leave the blanket at home. Movies include A Wrinkle in Time, Despicable Me, Paddington 2 and the Lego Movie.
Burnaby Civic Family Nights
Bring the kids to the Burnaby Civic Square Thursday nights all summer for concerts, outdoor movies, children’s activities and community visual art projects! All free.
Movies Under the Stars
Movies Under the Stars features four films on a big screen set up at Holland Park in August. This year, the free August, Saturday-night series is screening Space Jam, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2 and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. Head down at 5 pm for local performers, arts and crafts, games and more.
Outdoor Summer Film Series
Join the Reel to Real (R2R) folks for three family friendly film Fridays in August at Granville Island’s Ron Basford Park including an Oscar-nominated animation feature film, a heart-warming tale based on a classic children’s book, and a showcase of captivating short films from some of the boldest Canadian filmmakers. Come early for FREE animation workshops at Performance Works.
Take a drive (or park, rather) down memory lane at one of the last remaining drive-in theatres. The kids can experience a piece of pop culture history, and you can relive your teenage years. Fill the car on Thursday nights for only $28. You can even bring the dog. Twilight also makes for a great summer birthday venue.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).