By Judith Spitzer
News flash: School is out for the summer! You don’t have six camps lined up, a host of play dates scheduled and you’re wringing your hands you say?
Well, KSPS is at least one outlet offering an educational and fun venue for your kids this summer. They’ve joined with Riverfront Park and are proudly presenting a FREE, yes FREE, summer movie series of locally produced documentaries.
The movies will run on the same weekly schedule until Sept. 2, 2011. Check out another IMAX freebie at the end of the blog.
The movies all highlight Spokane’s unique history.
Here’s the lineup starting June 20, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
Monday: “Remember When — Nat Park”
Lots of us remember Nat Park. Journey back to a Spokane landmark where the “Jack Rabbit” and “The Hammer” reigned supreme. From 1889 to 1068, it was the place to be from the dance halls to the Midway, with bumper cars and carousel, and miniature train and trolleys. Remember When.
Tuesday: “Remembering Spokane”
This is a lilac-scented stroll down memory lane from the zoo at Manito Park to afternoon tea dances at the Davenport Hotel. This documentary is told by the people who lived the life using their old home movies and photo albums. It covers the period from1924 to 1974 – the years Spokane survived a World War and hosted a world’s fair.
Wednesday: “Reflections by the River — Expo ‘74”
The story of the little city that could … and did, host a World’s Fair that the whole world attended. It’s a special 25th Anniversary edition of the story of Spokane’s World’s Fair.
Thursday: “America’s Landlocked Navy –The Farragut’s WWII Memories”
At its peak of operation, from September 1941 until June 1946, Farragut Naval Training Station was the largest city in Idaho and was temporary home to more than 300,000 Navy recruits. Today all that remains of Farragut, the naval base built on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, are cracked cement foundations, the brig and two giant water towers. This film, through archival photos and the words of those who lived there, the base’s glory days come alive again.
Friday: “Sculpted by Floods-The Northwest Ice Age Legacy”
This is the story of the last ice age when floods, flowing with ten times the volume of all the worlds current river’s combined, sculpted a landscape that fascinates us today.
Check out the IMAX theater on Tuesdays through the summer — All movies, All Day, Any age ... $5.50 Admission. Whoo hoo!