FREE (Or Really Cheap) Family Movies: February 2014

Popcorn and a movie ticketWe love to give our kids fun experiences that don’t require us to check our bank account first, and we suspect that’s true for you, too. To help you out, we compile this list of FREE and really cheap movies you and your family can enjoy this month in Tampa Bay. At the bottom of this post, there is even a list of classic drive-in theaters.

Plus! Scroll down to find out what AMC Theater Sensory-friendly Films will be coming this fall.

Here’s what’s you and the kids can look forward to this month:

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Saturday Movie Matinee
Time:
1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2014
Location: New Tampa Regional Library (Room 5/Story Time)
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; HCPLC Multiple Branch Calendar

What’s Doing?
Families are invited to relax and enjoy a movie. Refreshments will be provided.

Address:
New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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Family Movie Matinee
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2014
Location: Seminole Community Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 394-6905; Seminole Community Library Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Everyone is welcome to stop by the library for a G- or PG-rated movie. FREE popcorn and soda will be provided. Please call the Library at (727) 394-6913 for more information and movie titles.

Address:
Seminole Community Library
9200 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772

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Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library (Children’s Public Floor)
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 929-1214; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) On the first Saturday of each month, head over to Land O’Lakes Library to watch a newly released G- or PG-rated film and enjoy some FREE popcorn and juice.

Address:
Land O’Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

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Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Theatre
Time:
Movies begin at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.)
Date: Every Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Register/Info: (727) 449-1036; Sunsets at Pier 60 Calendar

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily FREE family festival that includes artisans and crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen. Here’s what you’ll be seeing on the big screen:
— Saturday, February 1: The Lone Ranger (PG)

— Friday, February 7: Adventures in Zamezia (PG)
— Saturday, February 8: Rocky (PG)

— Friday, February 14: I Hate Valentine’s Day (PG-13)
— Saturday, February 15: Fool’s Gold (PG-13)

— Friday, February 21: One Direction: This is Us (PG)
— Saturday, February 22: Good Old Freda (PG)

— Friday, February 28: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)

Address:
Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

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Movies with Friends
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014
Location: South Holiday Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Call (352) 567-3576 for movie title; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Join library staff and friends each week as to watch a wide range of documentaries for all ages. Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided.

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Nollywood: A Mini-Festival
Time:
6 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 12 & 19, 2014
Location: New Port Richey Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 853-1279; New Port Richey Library Blog

What’s Doing?
Celebrate Black History Month with a Nollywood Mini Festival presented by the African American Club of Pasco and hosted by Your NPR Public Library.
— Wednesday, February 5 (6 p.m.): Welcome to Nollywood
— Wednesday, February 12 (6 p.m.): Last Flight to Abuja
— Wednesday, February 19 (6 p.m.): This America

Address:
New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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Cinema Saturday
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE (Seating is limited to 80 people)
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a newly released movie with family and friends. Call the library for this week’s movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Firefighters’ Movies In The Park
Time:
Dusk
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Location: England Brothers Park
Cost: FREE to see the movie; Food and drinks available for purchase
Register/Info: (727) 687-4494; City of Pinellas Park Florida Website

What’s Doing?
Pinellas Park Firefighters’ hosts this FREE outdoor family movie event, which raises money for their Benevolent Fund by selling hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as candy, popcorn, nachos and drinks. The Benevolent Fund helps victims and families in the community throughout the holidays.

Address:
England Brothers Bandshell Park
5010 81st Avenue North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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After School Movie
Time:
3-5 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
Location: Bruton Memorial Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 757-9215, ext. 24; HCPLC Multiple Branch Calendar

What’s Doing?
Join friends after school for a movie. Refreshments will be provided.

Address:
Bruton Memorial Library
302 West McLendon Street
Plant City, FL 33563

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Children’s Movie: Monsters University
Time:
3:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118; City of Safety Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to the library to watch the popular animated film Monsters University (G)! FREE popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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‘Tweens & the Silver Screen Movie Matinee
Time:
4 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Location: North Tampa Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; HCPLC Multiple Branch Calendar

What’s Doing?
(Ages 9-12) Watch a favorite book-to-movie film.

Address:
North Tampa Branch Library
8916 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33604

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Largo Movie in the Park
Time:
Call for exact times
Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE; On-site parking and concessions available for a fee
Register/Info: (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Gather up the family, grab your chairs and blankets, and join friends for a movie under the stars. Enjoy themed activities one hour prior to dusk (the movie will begin at dusk). Showing this month:
— February 14: The Notebook (Theme: Love is in the Air; Desserts and a cash bar will be available for an additional fee; Rated PG-13)

Plan ahead:
— March 28: Monsters University (Theme: School’s Out; Rated PG)
— April 11: 42 (Theme: Batter Up; Rated PG-13)

NOTE: Movie titles are subject to change based on availability.

Address:
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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Interactive Animal Movie
Time:
3-6 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Location: 78th Street Community Library
Cost: FREE, but seats will be limited (Pick up a FREE ticket beginning one hour before the movie)
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Kids are invited to participate in an interactive movie experience. In this month’s film, Alex, Gloria, Marty and Melman are all here and still trying to get back home. Join the adventure with props, sound effects, and a whole lot of fun at this showing of a family movie favorite.

NOTE: Props are limited to the first 15 children. Rated PG, 93 minutes.

Address:
78th Street Community Library
7625 Palm River Road
Tampa, FL 33619

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Cinema Saturday
Time:
1-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE (Seating is limited to 80 people)
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a newly released movie with family and friends. Call the library for this week’s movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Children’s Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: New River Branch Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Call (813) 788-6375 for movie title; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) Children in grades K-5th are invited to watch a movie at the library.

Address:
New River Branch Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, FL 33543

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Family Movie Matinee
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: Hugh Embry Branch Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Call (352) 567-3576 for movie title; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Children age 12 and younger with a parent can enjoy FREE popcorn, juice, and recent movie at the library.

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
14215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Saturday Matinee At The Library
Time:
3-5:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: Riverview Branch Library (Community Room)
Cost: FREE, but seating will be limited to 50 (Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 813-273-3652)
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Relax at the library and enjoy a movie with family and friends. After the movie, stay for a chance to win the DVD.

Address:
Riverview Branch Library
10509 Riverview Drive
Riverview, FL 33578

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Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Family Movie Series
Time:
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry (Parking Lot)
Cost: The movie, popcorn and cotton candy are FREE, you pay only for your food
Register/Info: Check for weather updates by calling (813) 908-0787; Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Website (Click on this link, then on the event on the Calendar. Scroll to the top of the calendar page to see the event description.)

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a FREE family movie outside in the parking lot. Bring the family to watch “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ while you have dinner. Guests will also be treated to free popcorn and cotton candy, in addition to the movie! Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets.

NOTE: Follow Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry on Facebook for more details closer to the movie date. Contact the restaurant if you aren’t sure if the movie will be showing due to inclement weather.

Address:
Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
15801 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

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Movies in the Park
Time:
7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: Sims Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 841-4560; City of New Port Richey Website (Scroll down to where it says “Epic Fun” on the first page.)

What’s Doing?
Epic will be playing in Sims Park this month. This is a great FREE family event! Concession will be available for purchase, but you will need to bring your own chairs or blanket.

Address:
Sims Park
Grand Boulevard & Bank Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Movies in the Park Jan. 2014 Flyer image courtesy of the City of New Port Richey

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~~~ SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE ~~~

The Nut Job Movie CoverAMC Sensory-Friendly Films
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Location: Participating AMC Theaters
Cost: Regular ticket prices apply
Register/Info: AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films Website

What’s Doing?
AMC Theaters, in partnership with The Autism Society, offer AMC Sensory-Friendly Films to families affected by autism. Come watch in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. (NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.)
— Saturday, February 15, 2014: The Lego Movie (PG)
— Saturday, March 29, 2014: Muppets Most Wanted (PG)
— Saturday, April 19, 2014: Rio 2
— Saturday, May 31, 2014: Maleficent
— Saturday, June 21, 2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2
— Saturday, July 26, 2014: Planes: Fire & Rescue
— Saturday, September 27, 2014: Dolphin Tale 2
— Saturday, October 25, 2014: Book of Life
— Saturday, November 29, 2014: Home 3-D
— Saturday, December 13, 2014: Paddington

NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.

Address:
AMC The Regency 20
2496 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 685-3396

AMC Veterans Expressway 24
9302 Anderson Road
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 243-4881

AMC Woodlands Square 20
3128 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(727) 771-6643

AMC Tri-City 8
5140 East Bay Drive
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 531-5796

The Nut Job cover image courtesy of IMDB.com

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~~~ DRIVE-IN THEATERS ~~~
Drive-ins not only offer nostalgia, they also offer movies at a discount. Help support these historic theaters by sharing this unique experience with your children. Check the sites below to see what family-friendly movies are playing this week.

Ruskin Family Drive-In Website
5011 US Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

— $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger with their own parents (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand

Fun-Lan Drive-In Website
2302 East Hillsborough Ave?nue
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 234-2311

— $7/adult (age 12+), $2/child (age 5-11); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar

Joy-Lan Drive-In Website
On US Highway 301 near Jordan Road
North of Dade City, FL 33523
(352) 567-5085

— $4/adult, $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

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RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: February 2014
2. Characters, Crafts & Stories at Barnes & Noble Stores in February 2014

Film strip image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Popcorn image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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