Monday, July 25, 2011

A Family Evening at the Drive-In Movie

I’m not really sure why we haven’t done this with the kids before now, because I have a very fond memory of my Uncle Jesse taking my cousins and me to the drive-in movie to see The Apple Dumpling Gang! My uncle backed his van in and opened the back doors where all of us kids could hang out with our snacks. We had a blast! (However, on the adjacent screen in the distance, they were showing Mommy Dearest….not exactly a child friendly movie).

Colt and Amber love going to the drive-in movie. It was because of their remarks about it that we ended up going. It’s less expensive; the concessions are more affordable; and it’s just a different, comfortable, and fun atmosphere. So Jason suggested we go one Sunday evening a few weeks ago.

You get a double feature for $7 per adult. Kids under 10 are free.

We saw Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2. They were both okay. I think so many of the movies these days that are supposedly made for kids are over their heads. They still throw in inappropriate comments sometimes that I could do without as well. However, we had a really good time, just being there!

It was fun sitting out in our lawn chairs with a big bucket of buttered popcorn and soft drinks under the stars. We didn’t stay for the rest of Kung Fu Panda, because Luke and Joy were having a hard time holding their eyes open, and Jason and I weren’t far behind them! So we packed it up and headed on home before that movie ended with everybody climbing in bed rather late.

We’ve decided that going to the drive-in movie will be especially fun this fall when the air starts to get that crisp feeling, snuggled under a quilt in our lawn chairs with hot chocolate.……..and a big bucket of popcorn of course. I wonder why it is that popcorn tastes much better when you’re watching a movie?  :)


Carmen C. said...

Sounds like a fun time! We don't have any drive ins around these parts anymore, it's good to know some places still have them:) Enjoy your day Tammy!!!

Bama said...

What a fun time. Our town used to have three drive ins, but all have been closed down and destroyed for other businesses.
A couple of high school graduates opened one in their grandfather's pasture and it is only open at the end of summer and throughout fall.
We haven't been yet, but plan to soon.

renee said...

Fun times! There is one drive in here, it's farther out though. Glad you all had fun together!

Sharon said...

Oh I do remember taking the boys and sometimes friends to the drive-in.
It was always a fun family night out and back then not very expensive.
We don't have them around here anymore as they have all been torn down.
Glad to hear that you did have a great family evening. Great photo of the family.

bettyj said...

Used to love drive-ins. Grew up going, but later would put kids in their pj's, take snacks and go.What fun.

jennifer768 said...

Sounds like a fun time! There are no drive in around here anymore but I sure remember the fun I had as a kid! Have a great week,Jen

Carmen C. said...

I just came across this and thought of you;)

Julze said...

We don't have drive-in movies here in New Zealand..but over the summer in Whangarei, where we live, they put on an open air family movie night..using a huge white screen to view the film. Everyone brings a picnic dinner and as it starts getting dark they start the movie. it is so much fun!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


I loved the drive-in! It was so fun (and different)!

I liked Cars 2 better than what we saw of Kung Fu Panda.

I love you!


God bless you,
Joy :D

Mrs.B said...

I love the drive in!!

Hollie said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea for Fall! You know I'm 41 years old & have never been to a drivein movie! Imagine that!