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Kidtoon Movies

3 Jun

Studio Movie Grill in the Arlington Highlands offers Kidtoon Movies every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11 am.  Tickets are only $2, and the shows are usually older, G-rated fare (past offerings include Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and Pinky Dinky Doo).  Movies rotate on a monthly basis.

June’s show is called “Thomas and Friends: Hero of the Rails.”

And while you’re there, check out the fantastic food!  It’s a little pricey, but the pizza’s phenomenal, and my kids love the grilled cheese.

For a complete listing of showtimes, click here: http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/theaters/arlington.php.


Cinemark’s Summer Movies for Kids

2 Jun

Starting this week, come to any of the metroplex Cinemark locations for kids’ movies this summer.  All movies are $1 each, or you can get 10 movies for only $5 if you purchase the tickets in advance!

Click here to find the schedule of a theater near you.

Classic Movies on the Big Screen!

23 May

Come to Movie Tavern this summer for some great retro cinema classics!


May 24: Jurassic Park

May 26 & 31: Poltergeist

June 2 & 7: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

June 9 & 14: Ghostbusters

June 16 & 21: Top Gun

June 23 & 28: The Goonies

June 30 & July 4-5: Jaws

July 7 & 12: The Princess Bride

July 14 & 19: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

July 21 & 26: E.T.

July 28 & August 2: Back to the Future

August 4 & 9: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

August 11 & 16: Gremlins

August 18 & 23: Terminator 2

Click here for times and locations.

Night on the Town in Mansfield

27 Apr

Come to Town Park in Mansfield this Spring for “Night on the Town” movie nights!  Pack a picnic dinner and join the fun.  Along with other activities, movies will be played on a giant outdoor screen.

All movie nights will have games and prizes centered around the theme for that evening, and concessions will be available.  The playground at Town Park is brand-new and has lots of great features.  Sand volleyball and basketball courts are available for the older kids.

Town Park is located at 500 North Main Street in Mansfield. For more information please contact the Mansfield Activities Center at 817-453-5420.

April 30: Dog Show Extravaganza, Pet Parade & Vaccine Clinic at 5:00 p.m.; Dog Show judging at 6:00 p.m.;  Movie at 7:00 p.m. – “Alpha and Omega”
May 7: The Music Place & Arts Conservatory performs at 6:00 p.m.; Movie at 7:00 p.m. – “Cats and Dogs, Revenge of Kitty Galore”
May 14: Car Event at 6:00 p.m.; Movie at 7:00 p.m. – “Cars”
May 21: 1-mile Dragon Fun Run at 6:00 p.m.; Movie at 7:00 p.m. – “How to Train Your Dragon”

Special-Needs Screening of Rio at Studio Movie Grill

19 Apr

If you’re the parent of a special-needs child, you’ll love this one.  Studio Movie Grill offers screenings of movies with the lights turned up and the audio turned down.

Kids with special needs and their siblings are free; others are $5.

The next showing is Rio, rated G, on April 23rd at 11 am.

Tickets are available only at the box office.  For more information, visit www.studiomoviegrill.com.

Roundtable Discussion – Kids and Movies

22 Mar

My daughter came home from school with a note recently which read:

Your child is invited to a Good Behavior Party Friday; kids will be watching a movie and are encouraged to come in their pjs: pickles and popcorn will be served.

Sounds like a ton of fun, but right away, my blood pressure shoots through the roof.  The school my daughter attends had the parents sign permission slips at the beginning of the year, either allowing your child to watch PG rated movies, or stating parents must be notified prior to viewing a PG rated movie.  The problem for me was that I will not approve ANY PG rated movies for my 5-year-old, and really I want to be notified and approve of the G movies they plan to show her too.

Let’s face it, G and PG movies just are not what they used to be.  I once saw a documentary I would recommend to any parents struggling with the same issue called: “This Film is Not Yet Rated.”

When my friends and I compare notes on what we will allow our children to watch, I understand I land completely on the conservative side of this spectrum.  My kids have seen less than 15 movies total, in their entire lives, which is OK with me.  They have only been to the movie theater to watch documentaries at the museum or Curious George.

So, when my daughter’s teacher tells me the two choices are Horton Hears a Who (G) or Despicable Me (PG), I automatically go to my favorite referencing site: www.commonsensemedia.org.  After reviewing the choices in more detail, I don’t like either, quite frankly.  My biggest objection is the language.  I don’t care for her to hear characters calling each other names like “idiot”, “boob”, and “stupid”.  But, my daughter has great behavior, and should not be punished because her mom is strict about movies.  I tell the teacher I’ll approve of Horton but not Despicable Me.  She says fine, that’s the one she’ll show.

One of the things that troubles me, is that the school picks one movie for kids K-3rd grade to view.  So, those kids are ranging in ages from 5-8.  What’s appropriate for an 8 year old might not be appropriate for a 5 year old.  There are definitely things I would let my 5 year old watch that I wouldn’t let my 3 year old see.

I am really curious to know what other moms think about movie ratings.  Do you let your children watch movies?  What do you base your decision to allow them to watch a particular movie?  The rating?  Whether it looks cute and you yourself want to see it?  Does anyone else have the issue of the kids watching PG movies at school?  If so, how have you handled it?  Please feel free to weigh in!  Sometimes I feel like a complete lunatic.  Perhaps I am!  Let me know what you think!

Enjoy the Show!

1 Mar

It came up at dinner with my parents on Saturday night.

“I never saw ‘Shrek the Third’,” my dad insisted.

“Not true,” I corrected. “You saw it with Paige and me.”

An unremarkable exchange for most families. Mine? Not so much. Our 15-year-old daughter has autism, landing somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. She does not talk, does not dress herself, has extremely limited social skills but she does not engage in self-injurious behaviors. Nor does she rock back and forth or shriek as many kids with ASD do.

A movie in most settings would be impossible. In fact, I hadn’t taken her to one since “Finding Nemo” back in 2003.

Then the Studio Movie Grill announced an innovative program, pioneered by a manager who has a special-needs child. Studio Movie Grill partnered with Variety the Children’s Charity of Texas to offer free screenings for disabled kids. (Accompanying adults pay regular admission; tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show.)

During the films, the lights are brought up, the sound is turned down and children are free to walk around and make noise. It’s such a hit that they often run the film in two theaters to accommodate overflow crowds.

Check out www.studiomoviegrill.com for locations and details. One more note about SMG: the staff (at least at the Arlington Highlands location where my family attends) has been trained to roll with the punches where the special-needs clientele is concerned. They are wonderful.

A couple years ago, AMC followed suit with a Sensory Friendly Films programs in partnership with the Autism Society of America. As with Studio Movie Grill, the lights in the theater are brought up, the sound is lower (I appreciate that, too!) and “silence is golden” is ignored.

In addition, there are no previews or commercials before the movies, another big plus. Families are welcome to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free food.

Check www.autism-society.org for a schedule and locations nationwide; you can sign up there for email alerts to shows and times.  Upcoming shows include “Mars Needs Moms” on March 12 and “Hop” on April 2. Tickets range from $4-$6 depending on location.

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