LAYTON -- Family Movie Night was such a success last year, Layton is not only doing the event again this summer but is doubling the fun.
Layton City Family Recreation will host a pair of free movie nights this summer for residents. The first takes place Thursday night at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater. Families wishing to see the film "How to Train Your Dragon" can enter the amphitheater at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk.
"The drive-in theater is something of the past, or at least they're not what they used to be, and for our younger generation to experience an outdoor movie is fun for them," said Layton Mayor Steve Curtis.
Program coordinator Benski Dayley said that while popcorn and sodas will be provided, moviegoers can always bring their own refreshments.
He said program organizers decided to do two movies this year, as opposed to one like last year, because of the great turnout to last year's movie.
"I think that doing something on a community level brings you out from your group of people you normally see and gets you feeling like you belong to a larger group," Dayley said. "So you can take part in that and feel like you're part of larger family."
Family Movie Night is just one example of the several activities that the Layton City Family Recreation program uses to show that family recreation can provide the foundation for a healthy community.
The program's motto is, "A family that plays together stays together."
"We hope to provide the residents of the community that which they desire to the extent possible," Curtis said. "This is a good way of bonding and coming together."
The free movie night will continue next month with a showing of "Chicken Run" on Aug. 8.