Face it, the vast majority of films you'll see at the Sundance Film Festival this year are not geared toward kids.
But there are a few standouts they'll enjoy (just keep in mind, they might be better for older kids), and Park City's Main Street offers a lot for kids to do—not to mention the New Frontier exhibit and nearby tubing at Gorgoza.
The First Time
If you have a teen (and you're ok with them seeing movies like Superbad), check out this coming-of-age flick by director/screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan. Dave is a high school senior, who hasn't been able to find a girlfriend, and Aubrey is an artistic junior with a jerk for a boyfriend. The two meet at a party and end up spending a weekend together. They both experience what it's like to really fall in love, even though it's... well, complicated. Very brief nudity and some sexual content, but like we mentioned above, much tamer than a Superbad or American Pie. Also a better movie.
FYI: We'll be interviewing Matthew Fahey, one of the stars of the film, in the coming week.
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12:15 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre, Park City
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. at the Screening Room, Sundance Resort
Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
Wednesday, Jan. 25 at The MARC, Park City
Thursday, Jan. 26 at Library Center Theatre, Park City
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The fest's father-daughter movie, and it's a fantasy. Six-year-old Hushpuppy and her father Wink live in a small community at the edge of the world. And even though Wink is hard on Hushpuppy, it's all to prepare her for a time when he's not there to protect her. That time comes as Wink falls ill and the world begins to collapse, along with the arrival of monsters called aurochs. Might be a bit scary for very young audiences.
Friday, Jan. 20 at 12:15 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre, Park City
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9:30 p.m. at the Redstone Cinema 8, Park City
Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
Monday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Sundance Screening Room, Sundance Resort
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m. at The MARC, Park City
Thursday, Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, Park City
On/near Main Street:
Java Cow Coffee & Ice Cream
Drop by for a treat, 402 Main Street, and then call Park City Ghost Tours for a private tour at 435-615-7673.
Cisero's for dinner
Why Cisero's? They serve one of the best pizzas around and the tablecloths are paper, which kids can draw all over with crayon. 306 Main Street
If you have the kids with you, definitely check out the media installations, multimedia performances and all of the film innovations on display at New Frontier.
Now until Friday, Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Yard, 1251 Kearns Blvd., Park City (Saturday, Jan. 28 till 3 p.m.)
Also at 20 S. West Temple, SLC until Jan. 28 (Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Forget strapping anything to your feet with the kids. This is the ultimate tubing spot. Minus the skill involved for skiing, the kids can take their tubes up the hill as many times as they want before you hit Java Cow on Main Street.
3863 West Kilby Rd., Park City, 435-658-2648