Up your game for your next family movie night and make it a drive-in. Your littles will love the view from the seat of their own tiny car (or tricycle or scooter) in your living room or back yard parking lot. Ready to ride? Scroll down to get everything you need to throw your own Drive-In Movie Night.

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Tickets, Please!
Don’t let your kids sneak into the theater without a ticket, so make one up or use this easy printable.  To make things even more authentic, be sure to punch their tickets with a hole-puncher before starting the movie.


photo: Holly Hopson

Got Wheels? 
You can’t have a drive-in movie without something to drive. So let your little cruisers bring their wheels inside. That’s right: Line up the big wheels, the trikes, and the push-cars in front of your movie screen and let your kids watch the movie while they scoot back and forth in their “seats.” (This idea is especially amazing for kids who aren’t normally allowed to bring their wheels indoors).


photo: Kara/ Simplistically Sassy

 Or, Make Some Wheels of Your Own
Want something even cooler (and more Pinterest-worthy)? Gather up some cardboard boxes and make mini cars for your little movie-watchers. Let your kids paint and decorate their cars themselves and you’ve got a full day’s worth of activities! Get the instructions from Kara at Simplistically Sassy.

photo: Jen C. Catch My Party

What, You Don’t Have a Projector? Actually, You Probably Do! 
Sure, you could just pull up a movie on your flat screen TV and call it a day. But if you want to really wow your kids, give them an even bigger screen by projecting the movie on your wall (or on a sheet tied up on the wall). Don’t have a projector on hand? Try this awesome way to turn your smartphone into a projector for under $1!. It’s true, you won’t get as good of a picture as you do on your plasma, but who cares? Your kids will be sufficiently amazed at your homemade movie magic.

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Food, Glorious Food! 
Movies are nothing without popcorn and other goodies. So don’t forget to stock the concession stand with all their favorite movie eats. Make this custom cardboard snack tray for your kids to hold their items (or just use plastic shower caddies from the Dollar Store!). To make sure they don’t go totally overboard and grab four pounds of peanut M&Ms, give them tickets or coins so they can only “buy” a certain number of items

Pssst: Forget microwave popcorn and check out these amazing flavored homemade popcorn recipes

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It’s hard to pick a movie that will be on everyone’s must-watch list, but we think these family flicks are surefire wins:

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (ages 3+)

The Peanuts Movie (ages 5+)

Charlotte’s Web (ages 5+)

Finding Nemo (ages 5+)

Frozen (ages 5+)

– Toy Story (ages 5+)

Mary Poppins (ages 6+)

Moana (ages 6+)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (ages 7+)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (ages 7+)

Akeelah and the Bee (ages 8+)

The Princess Bride (ages 8+)

The Goonies (ages 10+)

Hint: Not sure about whether your kid’s movie pick is appropriate for her age group? See Common Sense Media’s movie reviews for the scoop on the kid-friendliness of almost anything your little ones want to watch.

What’s your favorite family film? Tell us in the comments section below!

Melissa Heckscher

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