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  • This is how you play "I'm a little Minion teapot!" Kids get together for some pre-show fun at the Free Friday Night Movies in the Park on June 26.Lisa Haring

      This is how you play "I'm a little Minion teapot!" Kids get together for some pre-show fun at the Free Friday Night Movies in the Park on June 26.Lisa Haring

 
Lisa Haring

Lake Park Memorial Pavilion was transformed into an outdoor movie theatre (without a roof!) on Friday, June 27, as hundreds of minions and their families gathered to watch the 2013 3D computer animated comedy film, Despicable Me 2. Featuring the lovable minions and original characters from the 2010 film, Despicable Me 2 tells the story of ex-villain Gru, who is raising his daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes and researching a legitimate jelly and jam business with Dr. Nefarion and the minions. Meanwhile a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League decides it needs an insider's help and recruits Gru in the investigation. The film makes way for a prequel entitled "Minions: due to be released in 2015.

The free Friday Night Movie in the Park series is sponsored by the Des Plaines Optimist Club, a 58 year old service club, that partners with the Des Plaines Park District for family friendly activities and events including a fishing derby, a kite fly, the annual Christmas tree lot, as well as the Movies in the Park.

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Popcorn, freeze pops, snacks, and soda are available for purchase before the movie. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic in the park before the show. Friday night, minions and their parents enjoyed pre-show entertainment including a rousing game of "Gru Says," some singing including a rap version of "I'm a Little Teapot," and the "Squirrel Song", and dancing to the sound track from Mamma Mia. The Des Plaines Fire Department also stopped by with an ambulance and engine where children could climb aboard, ring the bell, and have their picture taken.

On Friday, July 11, drop in to see Wreck-It Ralph, who longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect good guy, Fix-It Felix. Ralph escapes his game, but inadvertently wreaks havoc in the video-game universe by freeing a digital villain who can only be contained with the help of a most unlikely ally.

For more information about free events at Lake Park and summer programs at the Des Plaines Park District, visit www.DPParks.org or call 847-391-5700

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