It's Drive In Season! Tips to Enjoy a Movie in Your Car!

Every spring, our community seems to wait with anticipation for the local drive in theater to reveal their summer movie schedule. Going to the drive in on a warm summer evening feels classically American, and my kids loving looking at the schedule and claiming their favorites on the calendar. It's a perfect, inexpensive, memory making family night. Here are some ways to make it even better!

1.       Bring pillows, blankets, and chairs.

It's your personal preference of course, but very few people actually sit in their car to watch the movie. Some people throw open their hatchback, or sit in the bed of a truck, but laying on a comfy spot on the ground, under the stars, is what most people seem to prefer!

2.       Bring a flashlight.

You'll need it for walking to the restroom or concession stand and for digging through bags. Just make sure it's a small one - if you bring your camping lantern, other moviegoers may not like you.

3.       Be prepared to wait!

Half the fun is arriving early and playing outside in the late summer dusk, waiting for the sun to set. Balls and bubbles are great toys that get a group playing together!

4.       Bring a trash bag.

Yes, there are cans there, but they're not always conveniently located, especially in the dark. I collect all our little garbage in a plastic bag, and throw the whole bag away when we're ready to leave.

5.       Be prepared for the weather.

Summer nights can be steamy and humid, and a portable fan will keep you comfy. Or the temperature might drop when the sun goes down, and a hoodie will keep your kids from complaining they're cold. And drizzles usually don't keep the movie from playing, so it's good to have a back up plan for rain too. And all of this summer weather is an open invitation to mosquitos, so make sure you have bug spray!

6.       Be prepared for sound.

This totally depends on your location. Most drive through locations will give you a station to tune into, and you'll listen to the audio through your radio. Make sure you keep an eye on your battery and have jumper cables - a double feature using only a car battery could be asking for trouble. A portable radio, or even a smartphone app with a speaker, might be a better idea! Of course, you may have a truly retro theater and get to use the old speakers!

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