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$1 Movies for Kids in Wheaton This Summer

We have one final theater to add to all of those that are offering inexpensive daytime movies for families this summer, and this one is high class!

'Charlotte's Web' will be shown as part of the Studio Movie Grill's Children's Movie Series.The Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton just opened this month. It's located in Rice Lake Square, near the Whole Foods Market. Studio Movie Grill has nine locations around the United States, and it features theaters with leather seating and a full food and drink menu; you push a button to bring a waiter or waitress to your seat and the food is served to you before and during the show. Sounds good to me!

Studio Movie Grill's Children's Summer Series features one movie shown every weekday at 11 a.m. through mid-August. Tickets are $1 for children and $2 for adults.

Here's the lineup:

June 18 through June 22: The Muppets Take Manhattan

June 25 through June 29: Bee Movie

July 2 through July 6: How to Train Your Dragon

July 8 through July 13: Kung Fu Panda 1

July 16 through July 20: Madagascar 1

July 23 through July 27: Charlotte's Web

July 30 through Aug. 3: Megamind

Aug. 6 through Aug. 10: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Aug. 13 through Aug. 17: Stuart Little

You'll find all of these movies in the Go West Calendar, as well as the theater's monthly "Special Needs Screening." Next up in that series is "Brave" on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m.  


Summer Guide 2012: Outdoor Movies in Chicago's Western Suburbs

If your family likes to enjoy movies under the stars, you'll have plenty of chances this summer. A number of suburbs and park districts are screening movies in local parks. Here are the movie series we've tracked down; if you know of any we're missing, please share in the comments section. Finally, don't forget your blanket or chairs, some bug spray and of course a few movie snacks!

Photo by Kevin H. on Flickr.* The city of Elgin invites you to pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a free family film at Festival Park. Fun activities are planned for each night themed to the featured movie and local not-for-profits will be selling pop and popcorn, plus your kids can take a $2 ride on the Elgin Express.  Pre-show activities start at 7 p.m. The movies will begin at sunset.  The movies in this series are:

  • Thursday, July 19: Puss in Boots
  • Thursday, July 26: The Sandlot
  • Thursday, Aug. 2: Tangled
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7: The Adventures of Tin Tin

* The Batavia Park District will show two movies this summer for free at the Riverwalk at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. Here's the lineup:

  • Wednesday, July 25: The Smurfs 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8: The Muppets 

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Summer Guide 2012: Outdoor Pools in Chicago's Western Suburbs

School is out for summer, so it's time to pull out the swimsuits, the suncreen and the beach towels! We hope this guide might inspire your family to try out a few new pools this summer. We really do have an embarrassment of riches in Chicago's far western suburbs. If you know of a pool in the area that's open to the public but not on this list, please share. We'd also love to hear your personal take or tips on any of the spots below. 


The toddler pool at Otter Cove Aquatic Park is enclosed by a gate. Photo by Tara Burghart.Otter Cove Aquatic Park, part of the St. Charles Park District
Address: Located in James O Breen Community Park, at the corner of Campton Hills and Peck roads in St. Charles
Hours: A bit complicated. Click here for details.
Closing date: Sept. 3.
Amenities: A zero-depth entry activity pool; 25-yard swimming pool; body slide; tube slide; two diving boards, lap lanes; some sprayground-like features; gated toddler pool; lazy river; concession area; and family restrooms.
Admission Rates: For non-residents, $13 each. (Check the site for resident rates.) Twilight rate is $5 for all ages, whether you're a resident or not. It's from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday until Aug. 10 but Sunday, when the twilight swim is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Twilight swim ends Aug. 10.
Go West’s Take: This 9-acre facility was in the planning stages and then under construction for several years. In my opinion, the wait was worth it! My daughter and I visited a number of times last summer, and each time we spent the bulk of our time in one of the featured pools: First the toddler pool, then the general-interest activity pool and then the lazy river. It really does offer something for every age, and the facility is so clean and nice and shiny! It is indeed more expensive than most other pools on this list, so try to take advantage of the twilight rate or look for one of the "buy one, get one free" coupons in the mail.

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$1 Movies for Kids in Warrenville This Summer

Are you ready for news of another cheap way to see some family movies this summer? We've already listed the lineup for the $1 Wednesday Summer Movies Series at Classic Cinemas in St. Charles, the $2 Kids Dream Summer Film Series at Marcus Theatres in Elgin and Addison and the $1 Kids Summer Movie Series at Goodrich Quality Theaters in Batavia and Oswego. All of those will be on the Go West Calendar, too.

The animated film "Rio" will be shown at the Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville this summer for $1.Regal Entertainment Group calls its series the "Summer Movie Express" and it will feature G- or PG-rated movies shown for $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Regal's western suburban location is the Cantera Stadium 17, in Warrenville right off I-88. (It also has a location in Crystal Lake.)

Here's the lineup for the Summer Movie Express at Cantera Stadium 17:

June 12: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

June 13: Kit Kittredge: American Girl

June 19: Dolphin Tale

June 20: Happy Feet Two

June 26: Legend of the Guardians

June 27: Yogi Bear

July 3: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

July 4: Hugo

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$1 Movies for Families in Batavia and Oswego This Summer

Classic Cinemas has already announced its $1 Wednesday Summer Movies Series, including for its theater at the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. Marcus Theatres released its lineup, too, for its $2 Kids Dream Summer Film Series in Elgin and Addison.

"Rango" is up first in the Goodrich Quality Theater's Kids Summer Movie Series.Now Goodrich Quality Theatres has announced the details of its $1 Kids Summer Movie series, which will take place over nine weeks starting June 11. GQT has a number of theaters in the Midwest, including the Kendall 10 in Oswego and the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia.

Each week, Monday through Friday, GQT will be offering a different PG-rated movie at 10 a.m. The cost is $1 per ticket for all ages. Here's the lineup:

June 11-15: Rango

June 18-22: Kune Fu Panda 2

June 25-29: Puss in Boots

July 2-6: Big Miracle

July 9-13: Despicable Me

July 16-20: The Lorax

July 23-27: The Smurfs

July 30-Aug. 3: Zoo Keeper

Aug. 6-10: The Pirates! Band of Misfits