The best free summer movies for families in NYC

We're entering free summer movies season, so grab your picnic blanket or lawn chair and get ready for an awesome lineup

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Are your blankets ready? The season of free summer movies is upon us, and we're anxiously awaiting screenings of classic films, great cartoons and those live-action remakes that Disney does so well. 

As we usher in the warm weather, it's only fitting to add these events to our list of outdoor activities for kids. The FREE screenings are a quintessential start to the summer for New Yorkers of all ages. Where else are you going to catch your favorite Disney princess movies and movies for tweens on the big screen? No theater or ticket required—just a lawn chair and some popcorn! 

Have a gander of the movies in the park NYC families will love thanks to our roundup below. Parents, you'll also want to add Rooftop Cinema Club's June lineup to your calendar.

Be sure to check back frequently for an updated list of family-friendly screenings. The movies below are rated PG–13 and under. Visit nycparks.org for more information. 

Outdoor Movie Night: Incredibles 2

Friday, May 24 at 8:30pm. Free. Rated PG. 

Randall's Island Park 

Movies Under the Stars: The Lego Ninjago Movie

Friday, May 24 at 7pm. Free. Rated PG. 

Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex, Staten Island 

Movies Under the Stars: Christopher Robin 

Saturday, May 25 at 8pm. Free. Rated PG. 

William F. Passannante Ballfield, Manhattan 

Movies Under the Stars: Kubo and the Two Strings

Thursday, May 30 at 8pm. Free Rated PG.

Seward Park, Manhattan

Movies Under the Stars: The Frisco Kid 

Thursday, May 30 at 8:30pm 

Cunningham Park Parking Lot, Queens 

Movies Under the Stars: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 

Friday, May 31 at 8:30pm. Free. Rated PG.

Paul Raimonda Playground, Queens

Movies Under the Stars: Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald

Tuesday, Jun 4 at 8pm. Free. Rated PG–13. 

Samuel N. Bennerson 2nd Playground, Manhattan

Movies Under the Stars: Frozen 

Wednesday, Jun 5 at 8:30pm. Free. Rated PG.

Bulova Park, Queens 

Movies Under the Stars: Kung Fu Panda

Friday, Jun 7 at 8pm. Free. Rated PG. 

Columbus Park, Manhattan

Outdoor Movie Night: Mary Poppins Returns

Saturday, Jun 8 at 8:40pm. Free. Rated PG.

Randall's Island Park 

Films on the Green: Minuscule, Valley of the Lost Ants

Monday, Jun 10 at 8:30pm. Free. Rated PG. 

Monsignor McGolrick Park, Brooklyn

Outdoor Movie Night: Tangled 

Sunday, Jul 28 at 8:30pm

Randall's Island Park

Outdoor Movie Night: Black Panther 

Saturday, Jun 15 at 8:45pm. Free. Rated PG–13.

Randall's Island Park 

Movies Under the Stars: A Dog's Way Home

Saturday, Jun 15 at 8pm. Free. Rated PG. 

Playground 89, Manhattan 

Movies Under the Stars: The Little Mermaid (2018)

Saturday, June 15 at 8pm. Free. Rated PG. 

White Playground, Manhattan. 

Movies Under the Stars: Smallfoot

Wednesday, June 26 at 8:30pm. Rated PG. 

Yellowstone Park, Queens

Outdoor Cinema: Cielo

Wednesday, Jul 3 at 7pm. Free. Not Rated. 

Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens 

Outdoor Movie Night: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Saturday, Jul 14 at 8:40pm. Free. Rated PG.

Randall's Island Park

Outdoor Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Sunday, Aug 18 at 8pm. Free. Rated PG.

Randall's Island Park 

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