Drive-In Movie With Kids: What To Take

I’m one of those moms who has a list of things I like to do with my kiddos. Sometimes I accomplish some of the things on the list, sometimes not.

One of the activities that makes the list…

Going to the drive-in!

It’s fun for the kids and US! (daddy and I)

They can move around and talk without disturbing to many people around us.

Those of you with busy kids knows this is a win win while at a movie.

It does take a bit more preparation on your part, especially if you are wanting to save some cash when you get there.

What To Take

  • Chairs
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Popped popcorn
  • Bowls for popcorn
  • Candy (leftover holiday candy) wink wink…
  • Drinks (I like each kiddo to have a spill-proof cup.)
  • Battery powered radio or device that can play the radio station for the movie. (This is very important if you have an older vehicle.) Not all drive-in theater’s still have the speakers you can sit on your window.
  • PJ’s for your little ones (This is great for when you get home super late. They can get straight to bed.)
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Bubbles
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Card games for bigger kids
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste (For after snacking or in between shows)

It’s likely you might get to the drive-in theatre before the show starts. This will give you time to get everything situated for a full evening of movie watching.

You’ll be busy but your kids will be bored. Bubbles, coloring books and crayons, and card games are a great way to hold them over for the short time they’ll be waiting for the movie to start.

Did I forget about the dance party!

Pre movie music will hopefully be playing, so they can get the wiggles out before the movie starts.

The kids will likely want to explore the snack bar and hopefully take a potty break.

Very important!

Don’t forget the potty break!

It could get really dark later in the evening, so your flashlight might come in handy if you have a surprise potty trip.

If the pre movie activities aren’t enough to keep the kids happy you could include them on setting up the back of the vehicle or the chairs.

This is especially fun if you have an SUV, truck, or hatch back. Make it super cozy with extra blankets and pillows, so you and the kids can get snuggled up.

Even if you don’t, you can set your chairs up and make an awesome pallet with blankets and pillows.

If your super invested, you could take a tarp, air mattress and air pump for a super comfy spot!

We sit the chairs in front of the car with a cooler table. It is so nice having the kids sit in the car, so we can sit in our chairs. (Make sure you follow your drive-ins guidelines for vehicle and chair placement.)

They love it!

The kids are probably asking for food by this point.

Many times, to save on costs, we will pack dinner ahead of time. Like sub sandwiches and chips. You could also order a pizza, ahead of time, and pick it up on the way!

Don’t forget the movie snacks!

This is major in our house and I don’t know a kid that doesn’t love snacks and dessert.

We especially love popcorn at the movies. We’ve found that popping popcorn a head of time is a great way to save even more money. Popcorn is pricey at the drive-in, especially for a family of six. I also like to take each kiddo their own bowl for their popcorn.

We also pack some of the kids favorite treats to munch on like movie candy, cookies, and fresh fruit.

If it’s still cold outside you may need a few extra things such as; hats, coats, and extra blankets.

I hope this will help you on your next drive-in movie adventure and I hope you have an awesome time!

Our little ones love going to the drive-in and I look forward to carrying on this tradition with them for years to come.

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