When I had my baby, people said to be prepared for a big change in lifestyle. No more eating out at fancy restaurants, no more free time, and no more going to the movies whenever we want. And I suppose all of that is true, although our movie experience may have become even better than it was before. Sure, every now and again we like to go to the movies "sans kid", and for those instances we get a babysitter. And we have to make sure we don't go too late. It works out fine, but for those times when we just don't feel like having to get a babysitter, we go to the drive-in.
We are lucky because in San Diego we have two drive-in movie theaters to choose from. The movies always start around 8pm which is when our son goes to bed. This means that he usually falls asleep in the car on the drive over and stays asleep! It's genius. We get to enjoy TWO movies for the price of one, we don't have to get a babysitter and our sweet son sleeps through the whole thing. And yes, there have been times when he hasn't fallen asleep on the drive over but luckily he watched the movie "Up" without a peep. He loved it. And then there's been a time or two when he's woken up in the middle of the movie and started crying. This happened during "Avatar" and I don't blame him one bit - I felt like crying too. An hour in we left and went to see "The Blind Side" which was playing on the other screen. A much better movie, and nobody was bothered by his crying except for us (he stopped as soon as we took him away from Avatar). Tonight we will be seeing "How To Train Your Dragon" at the Drive-In. I'm super excited. "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is playing afterwards and we haven't decided if we're going to stay for that one or not. I suppose if we stayed and it was bad though, we could just drive away. Simple as that.
Your turn: Does your city have a drive-in theater? Do you ever go to the drive-in with your baby or toddler?