Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Family Friendly Boston – What to Know About Free Hatch Shell Summer Movies (With List of 2016 Movies)

Friday nights all summer long you can head over to the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade to check out a free movie on the green.  The first time we went we came equipped with blankets and snacks. We quickly realized that we had no need to bring our own snacks because there were vendors lining the green handing out all kinds of sample snacks.  We ended up getting some free ice cream bars, mini chocolates, popcorn, flavored water, mini salad with a fork, and more.

Family Friendly Boston – What to Know About Free Hatch Shell Summer Movies (With List of 2016 Movies)


While waiting for the movie to start there is also great pre-movie entertainment.  When we went there was an announcer standing near the Hatch Shell playing games with the crowd and giving away random things like T-shirts for prizes.




Then the movie started and we settled in to enjoy our night.


Movie Line Up 2016

June, 2016 
Friday June 24, Sunset (8:25 pm) - "Mininons"

 July, 2016 
 Friday July 15, Sunset (8:19 pm) - "Cinderella (2015)"
 Friday July 22, Sunset (8:13 pm) - "Inside Out (2015)"
 Friday July 29, Sunset (8:06 pm) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

 August 2016 
 Friday August 5, Sunset (7:58 pm) - "The Good Dinosaur"
 Friday August 12, Sunset (7:48 pm) -"Jurassic World"
 Friday August 19, Sunset (7:38 pm) - "UP"
 Friday August 26, Sunset (7:26 pm) -"Ant-Man"

Things to Note:

1) Prices
Free, come enjoy this awesome event every Friday night all summer long.

2) Kid Friendliness
Totally kid friendly.  Lots of space to run around and all the movies are kid friendly films, mostly animated but a few that aren't and are just family friendly.

3) Stroller Friendliness
Yes, stroller friendly.  Bring a stroller, bring a blanket, maybe even bring lawn chairs if you can swing it.

4) Volume
We were sitting not super close to the front, probably in the first third of the field and the movie was LOUD.  Super loud for our then infant son.  When picking your sitting location check out where the speakers are and consider moving away from them, I promise you will be able to hear the movie from any place on that field.

5) Getting There
There is limited parking near the Esplanade, but you would be much better off taking the "T".  It's about a five minute walk from the Red Line - MGH station.

Summary and Rating ★★★★★

Five Stars.  We loved this activity, it was one we felt like we could go to with our young son to see a movie and get out without disturbing others and as he's gotten older it's only gotten better.  He loves it and we love it making it a really fun summer outing.  Plus, how can you complain about free? Especially when a free movie also comes with lots of free snacks.


Have you been here before?  If so I'd love to know more about your experience and any tips or tricks you have in the comments section below. 

Hatch Memorial Shell
47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 626-1250
Website: http://www.hatchshell.com/