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Frankenweenie (2012) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>

The story is similar to one you may know well: Young Victor Frankenstein is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend in his dog, Sparky. When tragedy strikes and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil, Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher gives him an idea of how to jolt the appropriately named pup back to life. The experiment is successful, and all goes well, until Victor's fellow students steal his secret and use it to resurrect other dead animals with monstrous consequences.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 10/22/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema

Hocus Pocus (1993) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>

After moving to Salem, Massachusetts (not the best town to land in right before Halloween), teenager Max explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (future star of American Beauty, Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison. When Allison tells them a bit of local lore, the siblings dismiss the story as boring old superstition. As is sometimes the case, there’s truth behind the legend, and Max accidentally frees a coven of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy). Now, with the help of a magical cat (bearing a strong resemblance to Salem Saberhagen), the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 10/29/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema

The Okee Dokee Brothers <h4>Presenting Series</h4>

From rivers to the mountains, bears to bugs, parents and children alike will gain a new appreciation of the outdoors after an hour with Grammy-winners Joe Mailander, Justin Lansing, and their engaging and lighthearted band.

Family friendly. All ages are welcome. 60 minutes/no intermission/best for ages 4–8.

Sat 11/11/17 11:00AM Leighton Concert Hall

Heidi (1937) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>

Adapted from one of the best-selling books ever published, Heidi has won hearts around the world (and broken the hearts of Raiders and Jets fans). An orphaned young girl named Heidi (Shirley Temple) lives happily with her grouchy but gentle grandfather, Adolph (Jean Hersholt), in the Swiss Alps. When she's stolen by her ruthless aunt and sold as a servant to the wealthy Herr Sesemann (Sidney Blackmer), Adolph embarks on a journey to find his granddaughter. Meanwhile, Heidi keeps her spirits high (as Shirley Temple characters are wont to do) and befriends Sesemann's daughter, but she longs to return home to the life she knew before.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 11/12/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema

Babe (1995) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>

Although not the only film with talking animals to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, Babe created its own distinct and large splash when it arrived from Australia in 1995. Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. Babe’s interspecific skills don’t jive with the other farm animals’ schemas (a pig who herds sheep!?), but the little piglet carries on. Soon, the farm’s entire social hierarchy is pulled into question by Babe, who must reconcile his yearning to belong with his passion.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 11/19/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets, like Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear, weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways with hope that the miserable old man will embrace the season of the heart and, in that special time of caring, make his love last all year.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 12/3/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>

In this Christmas classic, an old man by the name Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan where the holiday’s commercialism is placed in bright context. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

Free for chilldren 12 and under.

Sun 12/10/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema

Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories<h4>Presenting Series</h4>

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones. When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, fiery hijinks ensue! Theatreworks USA’s newest musical revue also features beloved contemporary children’s books such as Interrupting Chicken, The Dot, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days.

60 minutes, no intermission. Best for ages 6–11. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available at the 2 p.m. performance.

Sat 2/10/18 11:00AM Patricia George Decio Theatre
Sat 2/10/18 2:00PM Patricia George Decio Theatre

Peter and the Wolf <h4>South Bend Symphony Orchestra</h4>

The South Bend Symphony, with guest actors Scott Jackson and Christy Burgess of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, present Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a timeless symphonic fairytale of boy vs. wolf.

Sat 3/3/18 11:00AM Leighton Concert Hall