As newly grown leaves and mostly warmer temperatures announce the arrival of spring, the Town of Garner invites residents to celebrate by watching a hulk of a video-game villain struggle with his existence and a lion and zebra tear through Europe. You know, family fun.
Garner has announced two dates for this year’s Friday Family Flicks, with “Wreck-It Ralph” on May 17 and “Madagascar 3” on June 14, both outdoors at Lake Benson Park.
Admission to the movies is free; afterward, families can camp on the grounds for $12, or $15 for non-Garner residents. The town limits camping to 50 families.
This marks the fourth summer of Friday night flicks, and the series has built up a strong following over three years. The most recent showing, in September for “Toy Story 3,” drew close to 1,200 people, according to Parks and Recreation staff member Nicole Sweat. That’s more than double what the series first drew, she said.
“It gives a different atmosphere,” Sweat said. “It’s a different kind of activity for families.”
This season, the town will use a 30-foot screen as opposed to a 25-footer.
This fiscal year, the budget for the film series increased so that it could pay for three movies, reflecting the event’s popularity. The town makes back some money on concessions and camping fees.
Although snacks and drinks are available, the town also allows families to bring their own. Portable grills and pets, however, are not permitted.
The May and June movies are rated PG. “Wreck-It Ralph” features John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer, while Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith lend their voices to “Madagascar 3.”