As summer reading comes to a close on Aug. 1, we kick off our end of summer children’s programming with Henson Highlights, a mini-film fest celebrating the genius of Jim Henson, at Maze Branch.
Henson Highlights features the unique and innovative pupeteering of Jim Henson in six of his classic films. Free screenings are open to Henson fans of all ages, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm. Join us for one or all.
The Muppet Movie
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1 pm
Kermit the Frog, accompanied by many of his Muppet friends, ventures to Hollywood in search of fame and success, while evading a determined frog leg salesman. Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson. (1979, 96 minutes, G)
The Dark Crystal
Thursday, Aug. 7, 1 pm
The planet Thra has fallen into disarray after the shattering of the powerful “Dark Crystal.” Protagonist Jen seeks to restore the shattered Dark Crystal to its original form, and restore order to his home planet. Starring Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell and Billie Whitelaw.(1982, 93 minutes, PG) 
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1 pm
15 year old Sarah’s infant brother, Toby, has been kidnapped by Goblin King Jareth. Determined to retrieve him, she must venture into a labyrinth unlike anything she’s seen before. Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. (1986, 102 minutes, PG)
The Witches
Thursday, Aug. 14, 1 pm
Orphan Luke Eveshim discovers the secret plot of a gang of witches to rid the world of children. He and his friend Bruno are determined to stop the plot at all costs. Starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson and Jeasen Fisher. (1990, 91 minutes, PG)
The Muppets
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1 pm
When wealthy businessman Tex Richman plans to demolish Muppet Theater, big-time fan Walter must get The Muppets back together to save their beloved performance space. Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper. (2011, 103 minutes, PG)
Muppets Most Wanted
Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 pm
The Muppets embark on a European tour, only to be thrown into disarray when Kermit is framed for criminal activity, and falls victim to an impostor. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey (2014, 112 minutes, PG)
Find more summer events and programs for kids, and all ages, on our event calendar