Annual $1 Summer Family Movies with Kids | Wichita & Derby

There is just something about summer movies with kids, whether it’s at the drive-in, a specialty theater, or the neighborhood movie theaters we love – it’s so special to take the kids. Of course we love the popcorn and movie snacks too!

Wichita has several cheap movie programs this summer, such a fun and inexpensive activity for the whole family!

Summer Movies in Wichita, KS 

Regal Summer Movie Express | $1 Family Movies

Summer movie express tickets are just $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Regal Warren East & West. This is a favorite summer movies with kids program! *Times are updated one week in advance each week and are subject to change, and you may book your seat here. 

Mom Tip: We love the $5 Snack Pack, which includes a junior-sized drink, snack-sized popcorn, and fruit snacks with an optional $3 Dippin’ Dots add-on!

2024 Features

June 11 & 12: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway | Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
June 18 & 19: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem | The Angry Birds Movie 2
June 25 & 26: Despicable Me 3 | Migration
July 2 & 3: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse | Paw Patrol: The Movie (Rated G)
July 9 & 10: Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse | Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie
July 16 & 17: Clifford the Big Red Dog | Sonic The Hedgehog
July 23 & 24: Trolls Band Together | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
July 30 & 31: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile | Kung Fu Panda 3
August 6 & 7: Minions: The Rise of Gru | Sing 2


$5 Fan Favorites –  you can check out AMC’s selection of rotating “fan favorites” for $5 ticket prices.

Discount Tuesdays – $5 movies (even new releases!) on Tuesdays plus other fun perks for AMC stub members.

Sensory Friendly Films – special film experiences where lights are turned up, sound down, and you are free to walk around and move!

Derby Plaza Theaters | $2 Summertime Movies

Another favorite summer movies with kids program is at Derby Plaza Theaters. Showtime begins at 10:30 am and admission is $2.00 for all ages. There will be $6.00 kiddie combo which includes a small popcorn, drink, and candy. 

If you want to have a truly unique moving going experience Starlite Drive-In is the perfect option.  Starlite offers double features every Friday through Sunday during the summer. Ticket office opens 1 hour before dusk so if you plan to stay for the double feature consider bringing blankets and pillows may make your full evening of movie going a little more comfortable. Be sure to check their website for the most up to date list of features. 

Children 2 and under:  Free
Ages 3-11:  $5
Age 12 and over:  $9

More Things To Do In & Around Wichita This Summer

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  1. MorningStar Community Church (formerly the Palace East) has a free family movie on the first Friday of each month all year long.

  2. Free Movie at Buffalo Park!
    When: Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 6 PM – 11 PM
    Location: Buffalo Park | 10201 W Hardtner Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67212

    We will be hosting a free movie event in the park on June 22nd watching the new Capatin Marvel movie! Cholita’s Mexican Restaurant will be there selling street tacos with the proceeds going to the Cholita’s Strikers soccer club!

  3. Dive-In Movies: Moana (rated PG)

    When: Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
    Where: Aley Swimming Pool (1800 S. Seneca, 67213)

    Kick back and float in the pool while you watch a movie on the big screen under the stars! We’ll have three Dive-In Movie events this summer. Visit for more information.

    Prices & Admission:
    Tickets are LIMITED! Purchase tickets in advance at the pool where the movie is being held to reserve your spot.
    – $2 per person, Ages 13+
    – $1 per person, Ages 3-12
    – Children ages 2 and under are free, but must be within arms-length of an adult at all times

    Doors open at 8pm; movie starts around 8:30pm.

  4. Can you please clarify… The article says that the Regal $1 movies will be “Beginning Tuesday, June 1st and ending Wednesday, August 4th,” followed by 16 weeks’ worth of movies. There are only 10 weeks in the June 1-Aug 4 interval. Is there an error in the start/end date?

    • You are right – that is confusing! It’s different in every city, and they just updated Wichita’s today (it looks like they are releasing tickets one week at a time), and with different times each day.

      The program runs 10 weeks in ICT.

  5. Boulevard Theatres in Towne West has $2 movies on Tues-Thur as well. We watched The Lego Movie 2 last week. keep this in mind for next year’s list.


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