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FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in April 2013 + AMC Sensory-Friendly Film

We 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 each month in Tampa Bay. Check back periodically because we’ll add to this list throughout the month as new events are discovered.

Plus! Find out what this month’s AMC Theater Sensory-friendly Film will be.

Here’s what’s you and the kids can look forward to in April:


Dolphin Tale Movie PosterDunedin Movies in the Park
Movie will begin at dusk
Date: Fridays in April
Location: Pioneer Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 812-4531; City of Dunedin FL Website

What’s Doing?
Head out to Pioneer Park with the family for a weekly al fresco film. Here’s what will be playing:
— Friday, April 5: Angels in the Outfield (PG)
— Friday, April 12: Dolphin Tale (PG)
— Friday, April 19: Mama Mia (PG-13)
— Friday, April 26: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

Pioneer Park
420 Main Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

Image courtesy of IMDB.com


The Amazing Spider-Man Movie PosterSunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Theatre
Movies begin at dusk (Approx. 6 p.m.)
Date: Every Friday and Saturday nights (and some Sundays), weather permitting
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
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 (and even a couple Sundays), 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:
— Friday, April 5: Cars 2 (PG)
— Saturday, April 6: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13)
— Friday, April 12: Madagascar (PG)
— Saturday, April 13: Here Comes the Boom (PG)
— Friday, April 19: Dolphin Tale (PG) * Special tonight: There will be a Red Carpet Meet & Greet with Winter Mascot, star of Dolphin Tale, at 7 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.
— Saturday, April 20: The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)
— Sunday, April 21: Thunderstruck (PG)
— Friday, April 26: Dolphin Tale (PG) * Special tonight: There will be a Red Carpet Meet & Greet with Winter Mascot, star of Dolphin Tale, at 7 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.
— Saturday, April 27: Pitch Perfect (PG-13)
— Sunday, April 28: Les Miserables (PG-13)

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

Image courtesy of IMDB.com


*** This series is on hiatus until Fall 2013. ***

Movies in the Park
The Movies will start at Sundown
Date: This event will resume in October 2013 and run through December 2013)
Location: West Park Village (Montague St. Park)
Cost: FREE
Info: Westchase Community Association 2013 Movie Nights Schedule

What’s Doing?
Westchase’s FREE family movies in the park will continue this fall, from October through December 2013.

West Park Village (Montague St. Park)
10116 Montague Street
Tampa, FL 33626


Brave movie posterMovies in the Park
7-10 p.m.
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013 & Friday, April 26, 2013
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE admission; On-site parking available; Concessions will be available for purchase (NOTE: No alcohol will be permitted)
Info: (727) 586-7415; City of Largo Movies in the Park Web Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family — and load up the blankets and chairs — for a movie on the big screen. Themed activities will take place at 7 p.m, with the movie to follow at dusk. Special for April shows only, guests can enjoy a campfire. Here’s what will be playing:
— Friday, April 19: Brave (PG)
— Friday, April 26: Here Comes the Boom (PG)

Coming up:
— May 3: Wreck-it Ralph (PG)
— May 10: Mirror Mirror (PG)

Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

Image: IMDB.com


Ferngully Movie PosterSpring & Fall Free For All
Movies start around 6:30 p.m. or as soon as it’s dark
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 (NOTE: Movies nights have been changed to Saturdays)
Location: Sims Park
Cost: The movie is FREE; $5 bracelet offers unlimited bouncing at Wilbur’s Fun Zone; Snacks and drinks available for purchase
Info: (727) 967-6726; New Port Richey Cultural Affairs Website

What’s Doing?
The City of New Port Richey’s Cultural Affairs Committee hosts the Spring & Fall Free For All featuring a FREE family movie in the park. Bring your own chairs or a blanket, food and non-alcoholic beverages, and spend some quality time with family and friends.
— Saturday, April 20: Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (G)

Before the movie begins, let the kids play at the playground or bounce in the bounce houses while you relax. Wilbur’s Fun Zone will will have bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks.

In case of rain, the movie will be shown inside Queen of Peace Hall, located directly behind the Sims Park Bandshell.

Sims Park
6341 Bank Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652


Firefighters’ Movies In The Park
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Location: England Brothers Park
Cost: FREE to see the movie; Food and drinks available for purchase
Info: (727) 687-4494; 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.

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


*** This series is on hiatus until Fall 2013. ***

Chick-fil-A Movie Night Series
7:30-9 p.m.
Date: This series will resume in September 2013
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry (parking lot)
Cost: Admission is FREE, you pay only for your food (All children must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.)
Info: (813) 908-0787

What’s Doing?
This family outdoor movie event will resume in September 2013.

Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
15801 North Dale Mabry Highway
Carrollwood, FL 33618



Ruskin Family Drive-In
Time: Box Office will open at 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 7:30 p.m. (Sun.-Thurs.)
Date: Nightly
Location: Ruskin Family Drive-In
Cost: $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand
Info: Ruskin Family Drive-In Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids out to experience a bit of yesteryear at Hillsborough County’s only digital drive-in theatre. Visit the Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre website to find out movies are being shown this month.

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


Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
Time: Box Office will open at 7 p.m. (Closed Mon. & Tues.)
Date: Wednesday through Sunday nights
Location: Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
Cost: $4/adult, $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar
Info: (352) 567-5085; Joy-Lan Drive-In Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a family evening at the drive-in! Contact the theater for movies coming in January.

Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
On US Highway 301 near Jordan Road
North of Dade City, FL 33523


Okay, now this family movie series isn’t free, and it isn’t really cheap either, but they have a nice line-up of movies and the location can’t be beat, so I wanted to let you all know about it.

Tampa Theatre Family Favorites Movie SeriesTampa Theatre Family Movie Series
2 p.m.
Date: Sundays in April
Location: Tampa Theatre
Cost: $9/adult, $7/child and Tampa Theatre members (Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online, but if you purchase them online, a $2 convenience fee will be added to your ticket purchase)
Info: 24-hour event information line: (813) 274-8981; Tampa Theatre Family Movie Series Web Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to the historic Tampa Theatre for a one-of-a-kind movie experience! Built in 1926, the Theatre is one of America’s most elaborate “movie palaces,” where audiences are transported to a lavish Mediterranean courtyard under a nighttime sky. Arrive early for pre-show entertainment as The Mighty Wurlitzer fills the theatre with its magnificent sound.

Here’s the movie schedule for April:
— Sunday, April 7: The Princess Bride (PG)
— Sunday, April 14: Babe (G)
— Sunday, April 21: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, G)
— Sunday, April 28: Annie (PG)

Coming Up:
— May 5: The Muppet Movie (1979, G)
— May 12: The Neverending Story (PG)
— May 19: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours
Tour the Tampa Theatre and learn about its fascinating history. The 90-minute tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and include a performance on The Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Admission is $5/adult, $2/child age 2-12, and FREE for Theatre Members and little ones under 2. Here’s the upcoming tour schedule:
— Tuesday, April 9
— Saturday, April 27
— Thursday, May 9
— Saturday, May 25
— Tuesday, June 11
— Saturday, June 22 (Tour Begins at 11 a.m.)

Tampa Theatre
711 Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Image courtesy of the Tampa Theatre



The Croods Movie PosterAMC Sensory-Friendly Films
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Location: Participating AMC Theaters
Cost: Regular ticket prices apply
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.

This month, catch a showing of the new movie The Croods 2-D (PG).

(NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.)

Coming up:
— June 1: EPIC 2-D
— June 29: Monsters University
— July 13: Despicable Me 2
— August 10: The Smurfs 2
— October 5: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
— November 5: TBD
— November 27: Frozen 2-D

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

Image courtesy of IMDB.com


1. Check the WDTB calendar to find more family-friendly events happening around the Tampa Bay area in January.
2. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: April 2013

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Have Fun and Play Games at “Healthy! That’s Me!” Kids Health Day at UT

Soccer Ball

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 Location: University of Tampa Cost: The event is FREE, and FREE event parking will be available on campus (look for signs) Info: E-mail Lindsey at lpavlick@spartans.ut.edu for more information; P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center on Facebook What’s Doing? The P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center at the University of Tampa will […]

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Walmart Steak-over Challenge: Cheer On Your Local Firefighters

Steak dinner

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Grilling starts at 12 p.m. with the winner announced at 2 p.m.) Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 Location: Walmart (Parking Lot) Cost: FREE Info: (813) 371-9444; Walmart Steak-over Challenge Web Page What’s Doing? Local firefighters will be competing on behalf of their station in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge (presented by Kingsford® […]

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2013 Meadow Pointe 1 Community Fair


Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Date: Saturday, March 30, 2012 Location: Meadow Pointe I Clubhouse Cost: FREE admission and parking; Expect a small fee for pony rides and rock wall climbing; Food, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase Info: (813) 973-1671; Meadow Pointe 1 Website; This event is advertised on a banner on the […]

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Get 2-for-1 Tickets to Alchemy Fest 8 TODAY ONLY

Mother and child

Time: 1-6 p.m. Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013 Location: First Unity Spiritual Campus Cost: $8/person in advance, $10/person at the door *** Today’s Creative Loafing Deal of the Day (March 28, 2014): 2-for-1 tickets to the 8th Annual Alchemy Fest! *** Info: Alchemy Fest 8 Event on Facebook What’s Doing? Alchemy Fest, presented by Thank […]

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Gigi’s Cupcakes New Menu Tasting Party & Easter Bunny Meet-and-Greet


Time: 3-5 p.m. Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013 Location: Gigi’s Cupcakes Carrollwood Cost: FREE Info: (813) 968-CAKE (2253); Gigi’s Cupcakes Carrollwood on Facebook What’s Doing? Gigi’s is rolling some new cupcakes flavors, and you’re invited to stop by and try them! Bring the kids with you to meet the Easter Bunny; He’ll be hanging out […]

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Fit Kids Playground: Find Us “Playin’ in the Park” April 2!


Time: 2-6 p.m. Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Cost: FREE; Pay for parking in the adjacent Poe Parking Garage or at various Downtown Tampa lots Info: Fit Kids Playground;Playin’ in the Park Web Page What’s Doing? On the first Tuesday of each month — March through August — Fit Kids […]

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Let’s Go to the Fair!

Ferris Wheel

The carnival is coming! The carnival is coming! One in Citrus Park opens tonight, while the other kicks-off next week in Wesley Chapel. I’ve compiled them into a list for you. *************************************************************************** Carnival Time at Westfield Citrus Park Time: 4-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 4-11 p.m. (Fri.), 12-11 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-9 p.m. (Sun.) Date: Wednesday, March […]

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IKEA’s 2nd Random Act of Life Improvement: FREE Umbrella on March 29


Time: TBD Date: Friday, March 29, 2013 Location: TBD at a location outside of IKEA US stores (IMPORTANT: The umbrellas will be given away at local high-traffic areas and intersections in Tampa, NOT at the store. Follow our local IKEA store on Twitter @IKEA_Tampa for details on giveaway locations.) Cost: FREE Info: This information is […]

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Cypress Woods Elementary Annual Family Fun Night

Bunch of colorful balloons

Time: 5-9 p.m. Date: Friday, April 5, 2013 Location: Cypress Woods Elementary Cost: Wristbands will be available for purchase for $15 at the door (100% of proceeds filter back into the classrooms at Cypress Woods Elementary); You can pre-order wristbands for a discounted price of $10 by e-mailing Dee at deecwepta@yahoo.com (She can e-mail you […]

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.

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