Free Movies in the Park for Kids in Manhattan: Locations, Times & Movies

Summer is a wonderful time for Kids & Families in New York! There’s so much to do, many family-friendly outdoor activities all around the city such as this amazing FREE SUMMER MOVIES happening all around Manhattan. You’ll see the Movies in the Park at NYC Parks such as Central Park, Bryant Park, Union Square and at other places like The Oculus Plaza and many more spots! Over 100 movies to have fun outside with your kids. I love NYC!

Mark your Calendars!

A few tips to enjoy the movies in the park in NYC:

  • Try to arrive early to grab a good spot: first-time, first-served basis.
  • Bring a blanket.
  • Get some snacks.
  • Alcohol drinks are not allowed.

Summer Movies in Midtown Manhattan

Free Movies in Bryant Park for Kids

Times Square – Midtown
Free Movies in Bryant Park NYC Summer
Bryant Park – Ph

Free Monday Night Movie-Series are all set with Movies Under the Stars!

Location: Bryant Park on 6th Ave. between 40th & 42nd Streets.

When: All Mondays from July 18 to August 20, 2018.

Time: 5-10pm. Lawn opens at 5pm. Movies being around 8-9pm.

If you get by 5pm you’re late so try arriving before that time! It gets very crowded but is still a fun family-factivity. Enjoy the Warner Brother’s cartoons before the movie starts!


  • AUG. 13: Thelma and Louise (R)
  • AUG. 20: The Terminator (R)


Intrepid Summer Movies

Midtown West
Intrepid Summer Movies
Intrepid Summer Movies – nPh:

Location: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86 on W 46th St. & 12th Ave.

When: through August 31, 2018.

Time: Check in begins 6-6:30. Flight deck open 7pm. Movies begin around 8:30pm.


You can book in advance here.

  • AUG. 10: Ghostbusters (PG-13)
  • AUG. 24: Disney Pixar’s Planes (PG)


Hudson River-Flicks Sing-Along | Pier 96

Hell’s Kitchen

Location: Pier 96 on W 57th & Hudson River.

When: through August 23, 2018.

Time: 8:30pm.

Sing-Along Series:

  • AUG. 23: Disney’s Frozen


Free Summer Movies for Kids in East River

Gramercy – East River

Toy Story Waterside Plaza NYC

Location: Waterside Plaza NYC on E 26th St & East River.

When: through August 28, 2018.

Time: 7:30-9:30pm.


  • AUG. 13: Labyrinth (PG)
  • AUG. 20: The Wizard of Oz (PG)
  • AUG. 27: From Up on Poppy Hill (PG)
  • AUG. 28: Toy Story (G)


More Free Movies in Midtown


Summer Movies in Downtown Manhattan

Family Friday at Hudson River Flicks

West Village
Hudson River Flicks Kids West Village Pier 46
Hudson River-Flicks Pier 46 – Ph:

Location: Pier 46 – Perry St. & Hudson River.

When: through August 24, 2018.

Time: 8:30pm. Try to arrive early by 7pm.


  • AUG. 3: Paddington 2
  • AUG. 10: Spice World
  • AUG. 17: Karate Kid
  • AUG. 24: Coco


Free Movies in South Street Seaport for Kids

Financial District

Pier 17 Cinemaclub South Street Seaport NYC

Location: Pier 17 Cinema Club, South St. Seaport

When: Wednesdays through Aug. 29, 2018.

Time: Doors open 6:30pm. Screening: 7:45pm.

Movies with a View:

Book your free tickets in advance here.

  • AUG. 19: Minions (PG)

Free Summer Movies for Kids at the Oculus 

Financial District
Movies at Westfield World Trade Center
Oculus Plaza – Ph:

Location: The Oculus Plaza at Westfield World Trade Center

When: August 9-11, 2018.

Time: around 7:30pm. Doors open at 5pm.


Screenings are Free but you need to book tickets in advance.

  • AUG. 10: Coming to America (PG-13)
  • AUG. 11: Elf (PG)


More Free Movies – Downtown


Free Movies in the Park | Upper Manhattan

Free Movies in Central Park 

Central Park at 72nd St.
Central Park Summer Movies

Location: In Central Park, on the landscape between Sheep Meadow & 72nd Street Cross Drive. Please enter the Park at 72nd Street at Central Park West or 5th Avenue.

When: August 9-11, 2018.

Time: gates open at 6:30pm with Live DJ. All movies begin 8pm.


  • AUG. 14: Hair (PG) – 1979
  • AUG. 15: Crooklyn (PG-13) – 1994
  • AUG. 16: Dr. Strangelove (PG) – 1964
  • AUG. 17: The Muppets Take Manhattan (G) – 1984


Free Movies on the Hudson: Pier I

Upper West Side

Location: Pier I, Riverside Park South on 70th St & Hudson River.

When: through August 22, 2018.

Time: Seating opens 6:30pm. Movies begin around 8:30pm after sunset.

Movies in the Park on the Hudson:

  • AUG. 8: Summer Wars (PG)
  • AUG. 15: WALL-E (G)
  • AUG. 22: Up (PG)


More Free Movies in the Park @ Upper Manhattan


  • AUG. 15: Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG) 8-11pm | James Weldon Johnson Playground, 115th & Lexington, East Harlem.
  • AUG. 17: A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 8-11pm | Jacob Schiff Playground, W 138th & Amsterdam, W Harlem
  • AUG. 21: The BFG (PG) 8-11pm | Col Charles Young Playground, Harlem
  • AUG. 24: Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) 8-11PM | Carmansville Playground, Sugar Hill
  • AUG. 25: A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 8-11pm | St. Nicholas Playground, Harlem
  • AUG. 30: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) | Jackie Robinson Park, Sugar Hill
  • AUG. 31: Black Panther (PG-13) | Hansborough Recreation Center, Harlem
  • AUG. 31: Sherlock Gnomes (PG) | The Peninsula, Inwood Hill Park


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