Free Admission!

Akeelah and the Bee


Doors open at 9:15am for pre-show activities hosted by the gang from Mildred & Dildred Toy Store! Free books, while supplies last, provided by Friends of the Pima County Public Library!

Thanks to our Film Sponsors for Akeelah and the Bee: Paul & Mary Koss

Akeelah and the Bee is the inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a smart eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words and dreams of competing in a national Spelling Bee.

“An inspiring, charming, feel-good movie that will bring you back to the days when you were excited about learning.”- Matt Pais, Metromix

Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong), and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and, in turn, unites her neighborhood, who all witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing girl. A crowd-pleasing underdog story filled with drama, heart and the love of learning, Akeelah and the Bee is a real W-I-N-N-E-R! (Dir. by Doug Atchison, 2006, USA, 112 mins., Rated PG)

Thanks to our Loft Kids Fest program sponsors: Presidio SchoolsUA Health Sciences Asthma & Airway Disease Research CenterBookmans Entertainment ExchangeTrail Dust TownRusing Lopez & LizardiBroadway in Tucson, Long Realty Cares and Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program!

Thanks to our Loft Kids Fest community partners:Friends of the Pima County Public LibraryGolf N StuffGeneral Dentistry 4 Kids, and the Children’s Museum!