No need to dim the lights—Mother Nature will take care of that. No worries about leg room—there is plenty of open space. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the show at Films in the Forest, the Forest Preserve District’s new series of films about—and in—the great outdoors.
Each month a different feature film with a nature connection will be presented along with family-friendly activities that correlate to the film’s theme. Screenings are free and will take place monthly at different locations all over the county. Screenings begin at dusk, around 8:30. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner and head out to enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment and relaxation at scenic natural preserve venues. The series is sure to offer something for everyone and is a great opportunity to connect to nature in a new way.
UPCOMING FILMS IN THE FOREST
We Bought A Zoo July 10, 6:30 p.m.Cummings Square, 536 N. Harlem, River Forest
Animal fun starts at 6:30 p.m.Then at dusk Matt Damon plays a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. While facing enormous odds to keep the zoo open, he must find the courage to recommit to his children and their new life together. Based on a true story. Bring a blanket or chairs, a picnic and bug spray.
Where the Wild Things Are July 24, 6:30 p.m.
Whealan Pool, 6200 W. Devon, Chicago
Celebrate the artistry and life of Maurice Sendak with our first ever “swim-in movie.” We’ll start at 6:30 p.m. with fun activities related to Sendak’s award winning book, making wild things and building boats. At dusk the pool will turn into a movie house and we’ll show the 2009 film based on Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, in which Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world: a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.
The Big Year August 14, 6:30 p.m.
Swallow Cliff, Calumet Sag Rd & 96th Ave, Palos Park
Learn about birds and make and fly a kite. Then at dusk on the big screen, Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from different walks of life. In the biggest birdwatching competition of their biggest year, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, find love, engage in hilarious and bizarre adventures, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Bring a blanket or chairs, a picnic and bug spray.