Summer is almost here, technically, but the temperatures are already balmy here in Maryland. The warmer weather also means fun outdoors activities. One of the ways we like to spend time in the summer is to go to our local drive-in theater. I know, there really aren’t that many left are there? We are super lucky to have one of the last remaining theaters on the East coast and I love reliving those days of going to the drive-in as a child.
Knowing how much fun it is to actually go to the drive-in we thought why not recreate the fun by hosting our very own outdoor movie screening in our own back yard, and with some help from our friends at Disney, we did just that.
We decided to have a little cookout and swimming before our outdoor screening of the blockbuster hit ZOOTOPIA! Disney sent us a huge box of goodies to help us do just that. They sent Zootopia tableware, Zootopia cups, a tablecloth and this huge plush Zootopia blanket that I knew would be perfect for the kids to relax on while watching the movie.
I bought some fun little toys like poppers, bubbles, and a few others for them to play with before the screening.
TOMY was nice enough to send me a talking Officer Judy Hopps doll and Judy’s Police Cruiser that lights up. be sure to check out TOMY’S full line of Zootopia toys!
The kids had fun in the pool and eating the goodies. We did normal cookout foods, plus our friends brought cupcakes and animal crackers, those were to pay homage to the Zootopia critters in the movie.
While the kids were playing, my husband set up the equipment. The AAXA P300 Pico/Micro LED Projector with 60 Minute Battery Life, and the Ion Audio iPA77 Tailgater Portable Bluetooth Speaker PA System with Microphone were perfect! Both were super easy to set up and fun to use te speaker to announce the movie. I may have liked that a little too much, lol.
If you are hosting in your yard you need to find the perfect spot. Find an area with plenty of room like a carport, in front of a garage, or just the yard itself. We have a large yard so we set up right in the middle. We are also lucky to have a neighbor with a privacy fence, so for us it was the perfect screen to show the movie on. If you don’t have access to a white fence you can show it on a garage door, the side of the house or you could hang a white sheet from a clothesline. Another option would be to purchase a portable screen.
Now that you have the screen, the projector, and the speaker you are good to go! All you need are some blankets for the kids, some chairs for the adults and some movie snacks to enjoy your “night under the stars”.
The night went so well that we plan on hosting many more during the summer!
Have you ever hosted an outdoor movie night? What did you do to prepare for your showing?
Disclosure: I was provided with the equipment and movie by the Walt Disney Company, the rest was provided by me.