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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Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust
By Allie Early, Danielle Valente and Zoe Butenhoff |
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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. 

Summer Movies Under the Stars: Brave

Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm. Free. Rated PG.

Prospect Park Long Meadow, Brooklyn, NY

Summer Movies Under the Stars: Babe: Pig in the City

Wednesday, July 31 at 7pm. Free. Rated PG.

Prospect Park Long Meadow, Brooklyn, NY

Citi Summer in the Square: Space Jam

Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:30pm. Free. Rated PG.

Union Square North Plaza, Manhattan, NY

Citi Summer in the Square: Ghostbusters

Thursday, Aug 8 at 6:30pm. Free. Rated PG.

Union Square North Plaza, Manhattan, NY

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: Back to the Future

Tuesday, Aug 13 at 6:30 pm. Free. Rated PG.

Central Park between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive, Manhattan, NY

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: Black Panther 

Thursday, Aug 15 at 6:30 pm. Free. Rated PG-13. 

Central Park between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive, Manhattan, NY

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