If you’re looking for a free, family activity this summer (and as an added bonus, a free way to escape the heat wave) then check out Kansas City’s Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet’s movie series for kids: Kids’ Camp.
Kids’ Camp runs July 13 through August 16th and includes classic family films such as Babe, Rango, Despicable Me, Short Circuit and more. Films begin at 11 a.m. and include special preshows, so be sure to arrive early. Since the films are free, seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Kids’ Camp is open to ages 3 and up (so yes, those who are simply kids at heart, but up in there in age, are welcome). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The no talking policy is in effect, so noisy families may be asked to leave.
Here’s Alamo’s schedule and a descriptions of the films:
The Secret of Nimh – July 13th- 19th @ 11AM: Based on the award-winning children’s novel, this is the animated tale of widowed mouse Mrs. Brisby, whose journey to protect her little boy takes her deep into great mysteries (many of which are evil plots perpetrated by those no-good Humans!) From dark catacombs to great victories, Brisby, friendly rat Justin and all the other fantastic characters find themselves in great danger en route to greater discoveries. Years ahead of later thinking kids movies like BABE, the animals in this film are more intelligent and believable than anything seen in family film before, their society more akin to ANIMAL FARM than DISNEYLAND. But don’t think we’re getting too academic…there’s enough action and high adventure here to entertain a trashcan full of chihuahuas!
Babe – July 20th-26th @ 11AM: A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog — or, rather, sheep pig — in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell). Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe’s inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Rango – July 27th-August 2nd @ 11AM: Johnny Depp teams up with his PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN director Gore Verbinski to star as Rango, a pet chameleon who is taken from his safe terrarium and left in the Old West. Once there, the young lizard takes it upon himself to become the sheriff. But he soon discovers that the town don’t take too kindly to strange reptiles, especially ones who fancy themselves “good guys.” Also starring Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina and Harry Dean Stanton.
Despicable Me 3D – August 3rd-9th @ 11AM : Gru, voiced by the always funny Steve Carell, is one of the world’s great super-villains…or at least he tries to be. These days his intricate evil plans, executed by his team of tiny yellow minions and his aging scientist partner, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), come up short. But now Gru has crafted his most diabolic scheme: steal the moon!
In order to do this he must steal a shrink ray from up-and-coming super-villain Vector (Jason Segel). After being pestered at his home by three orphans selling cookies he hatches a plan to adopt the girls and use their cookie-selling guise to infiltrate Vector’s base and obtain the shrink ray. Filled with eye-popping animation and a huge dose of comedy and heart, DESPICABLE ME is a fun time for both kids and adults.
Short Circuit August 10th-16th @ 11AM: A highly intelligent A.I. U.S. military robot wanders off the base after being struck by lightning. The incident causes the machine’s programming to malfunction, so he can’t find his way back. The robot, issued the name NO. 5, stumbles onto the house of Stephanie (Ally Sheedy), a 20-something animal lover who first thinks the talking, walking robot is an alien, but realizes his true nature. She also figures out that the power surge has given NO. 5 life and he no longer abides by his military programming. The military want to find and destroy NO. 5. As they and the two scientists who designed him (Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens) get closer, Stephanie must figure out a way to hide and save him.