Sure, you could shell out 15 bucks a person and take cover inside a traditional movie theater, but New York is teeming with cinematic experiences that are a step above your run-of-the-mill screen show. At Sony Wonder Technology Lab, an HD theater appeals to all ages, from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street to feature screenings with plenty of G- and PG-rated classics and new releases. Reserve tickets beginning two weeks before each screening, or ask about remaining passes half an hour before the film's start time.
Nonprofit SoHo theater Film Forum recently debuted its Film Forum Jr. series, geared toward ages 5 and up. Catch classics like Singin' in the Rain, Frankenstein and King Kong on Sunday mornings at 11am. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online or at the Film Forum box office. For a full schedule, visit filmforum.org.
Contemporary-art destination MoMA is another great place to see a screening if you have artistic-minded kids in the group. An international selection plays throughout the week and kids under 16 get in free, as do those with a same-day ticket to the museum. For a list of films, and to find out which are family-friendly, visit moma.org.
Your local library may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a night (or afternoon) at the movies, but we'd be remiss not to mention the complimentary screenings taking place throughout the New York Public Library system. Check nypl.org to find flicks for kids, teens and families, then just show up and settle in.
Screenings at the New York Hall of Science's 3-D theater certainly make an impact. Through June 30, see The Last Reef, an underwater, educational adventure with an emphasis on the scientific findings on these ocean communities. In Astoria, stage and screen gets its due recognition at the Museum of the Moving Image. There, find artifacts spanning movies, television shows and digital media, plus interactive experiences and special screenings of popular CGI flicks like Shrek and Madagascar.
Be sure to check out our full guide to rainy-day family fun in NYC. Options include museums, theaters, tours, screenings, comedy clubs and fitness classes, just to name a few.