I hate to admit it but I had never gone to a Drive In movie until this week. I’m not sure why, but I know now with theaters in our area closed (who knows how long) it is going to be something we do more on the weekends.
For social distancing, it was amazing. Everyone kept their space, wore masks outside of their vehicle and I honestly felt like people were just happy to be out. The night was beautiful too. Florida weather can be tricky and up until the night of the movie, it was supposed to rain. We were going anyway, it didn’t matter.
- Take plenty of blankets and pillows.
We grabbed one of our old comforters and the boys pillows from their room. It’s better to have too many than not enough in my opinion. Making sure the back of a vehicle is cozy for two hours is the goal. Keep in mind they will get dirty with shoes and snack crumbs.
2. Chairs and a TV Tray (or small table).
Depending on the location, you may be able to set up chairs outside of your vehicle. We let our kids have the back of the SUV and we enjoyed a nice setup outside. The table was perfect for the pizza we had delivered (one of the awesome perks of the Drive In at Legacy Place) – or for anything that you don’t want on the ground.
Think about the perfect tailgate setup or picnic at the park, and get some inspiration from that.
3. A Cooler Full of Your Favorite Beverages
We have a soft sided cooler that we take EVERYWHERE. It is lightweight, collapsable and never makes a mess. (linked here) It is the perfect night to fill it with drinks your kids might not get on a regular basis. Maybe some of their favorite fruit drinks or slushies. Our kids were surprised with Yoo-Hoo’s and you would think they won the lottery.
Make sure to take a few ice packs…depending on the weather these will also double as a way to cool off if it is a little warm out.
4. Snacks, snacks and more snacks.
When I mentioned making the drinks for your kids special, this is also the perfect time to go over the top with goodies they might not normally get.
I grabbed these organizers at the Dollar Spot at Target but they can really be found at any store. Make sure to get the kind that divide, that way you can easily separate what you put in them. It also allows you to change it up depending on what your kids love.
Make sure to throw in a few of YOUR favorites too. Remember adults can be kids too sometimes.
5. Get there early.
I’m serious. If you want the best seat in the house, make sure to arrive in time to get it. Once a vehicle is parked, it’s there. If you show up just before the movie starts (just like in a real theater) you might not be thrilled with the spots left.
We actually enjoyed getting to Legacy Place early. It gave us the perfect amount of time to get a spot, set up and order food.
Keep this in mind when you are planning your evening.
We absolutely loved our experience at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens and can’t wait to go back next month.
If you are in the South Florida area, make sure to follow their socials (Instagram, Facebook) to stay up to date with drive in information and the next showing.
I just might see you there. 🙂