Des Moines Outdoor Movies 2015

Free Outdoor Movies

One of our favorite summer activities is to go watch outdoor summer movies! Bring blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks! All movies begin at dusk which is around 8:30ish or later, so dress the kiddos up in some comfy PJ’s too!

This year there are LOTS being offered in the Des Moines area and I have broken it all down for you! Make sure you bookmark this page!

Movie Night at Jack Trice Stadium – FREE and open to the public. Starts at 7 pm. Gates open at 6 pm. Blankets only, no chairs permitted.

  • May 16th – Big Hero 6

Windor Heights – Colby Park 

  • June 19th – Big Hero 6
  • June 26th – It’s a Hard Knock Life
  • July 10th – The Lego Movie
  • July 17th – Paddington
  • July 24th – When the Game Stands Tall
  • July 31st – Brave
  • August 7th – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

UCAN: Urbandale Movies in the Park – Popcorn & Snow cones provided!

  • June 12th – Wall-E @ Lion’s Park
  • June 19th – Field of Dreams @ Lion’s Park
  • June 26th – The Lego Movie @ Lion’s Park
  • July 10th – Earth to Echo @ East side of Webster Elementary
  • July 17th – Frozen @ East side of Webster Elementary
  • July 24th – Big Hero 6 @ East side of Webster Elementary

Movies in the Park – Waukee – You get to choose the movies we show! Follow this link to vote! Movies shown at Centennial Park.

  • June 5th – Big Hero 6

Movies at North Park in Carlisle 

  • June 5th – Penguins of Madagascar
  • July 3rd – Planes: Fire and Rescue
  • August 7th – Big Hero 6

Ankeny Bandshell – Wagner Park 

  • June 5th – Frozen
  • June 12th – The Boxtrolls
  • June 19th – Maleficent
  • June 26th – Annie
  • July 17th – The Goonies
  • July 24th – Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • July 31st – The Lego Movie

Clive Outdoor Movies

  • June 5th – The Lego Movie at the Clive Aquatic Center. Swim before the movie!
  • July 10th – Open Season at Linnan Park
  • July 31st – Planes: Fire & Rescue at the Clive Aquatic Center. Swim before the movie!

Des Moines Parks & Recreation Outdoor Movies 

  • May 15th – Beethoven at Ewing Dog Park
  • May 29th – Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore at River Walk Dog Park
  • June 4th – The Rear Window at Des Moines Art Center
  • June 11th – Up at Ashby Park
  • June 18th – Paddington at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
  • June 25th – The Lego Movie at Chamberlain Park
  • July 2nd – Godzilla at Witmer Park
  • July 9th – Maleficent at Cheatham Park
  • July 16th – Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street)
  • July 23rd – Goonies at Sargent Park
  • August 6th – ET at Woodlawn Park
  • August 8th – Ghostbusters at Hoyt Sherman
  • August 20th – Monsters Inc. Ding Darling Shelter

Valle Drive-In – Newton, Iowa

You can make a small little trip the Valley Drive-In. There is an admission. The kiddos may enjoy a true drive-in movie adventure! Check out here to see what is playing and prices.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!