Enjoying a film on the big screen in the big outdoors is a summertime tradition in Boston. And the good news is that there are plenty of family-friendly series to choose from.
Movies begin at dusk - typically between 8 pm-8:30 pm - but make sure you arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment where offered. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston.
For me, a drive-in movie theater evokes memories of playing catch with family and friends on a warm summer night, then settling in to watch movies on the big screen until we (the kids) fall asleep. Those were distant memories until recently, when I took my own family to the Mendon Twin Drive-in. The funny thing is, the experience was exactly as I had remembered it. For my kids, our night at the drive-in has been one of the highlights of the summer, along with our evening at a PawSox game.
Read on for everything you need to know about a family night at the drive-in: Five reasons to go to a drive-in theater, five drive-ins near the Boston area (and one that isn’t), and five tips for enjoying your experience to the fullest.
We spent the first afternoon of February vacation doing the same thing many families are doing this week: Watching The LEGO Movie. Although I love LEGO, my expectations for the movie were fairly low. I mean, we’re paying to see a really long toy commercial, right? So I was surprised that we were entertained, amused, and even awed by the film. We chose The LEGO Movie over seeing Frozen in the theater, and I don’t have any regrets. However, I think we were the right audience for The LEGO Movie, and not everyone fits into that category. In fact, as we walked out of the theater, we heard one mom say, “That was the longest hour and 40 minutes of my life.” Read on for all you need to know to determine which category your family fits into.
Ah, The Polar Express. It has become as much of a holiday tradition for our kids as The Nutcracker. The talented Chris Van Allsburg created a classic with the story about believing in the magic of Christmas. The book-inspired movie became an instant classic, which in turn inspired all sorts of events, usually involving hot chocolate and visits with Santa. Here's how Boston families can experience The Polar Express brought to life through train rides, story times, and even a 4D movie ride.
My eight-year-old has been obsessed with Smurfs since the age of two, and has been counting down the days to the release of the second Smurfs movie all summer. So, imagine our delight when we were invited to a screening of Smurfs 2 in 3D at the Regal Fenway theaters. Although only one of us has a bizarre affinity for the little blue people, the whole family went to the show – we all liked the first film, and we were actually looking forward to the second one, too. Did Smurfs 2 live up to our expectations? Find out from my kids first, and then read on for my take on the film as a parent. If you decide to see Smurfs 2 with your kids, consider making a night of it at one of the drive-in theaters near Boston. You just might feel like a kid again yourself.
Last night, we piled into the car (along with our lawn chairs and lots of bug spray) and headed out to the Mendon Twin Drive-In to see a double feature: Turbo and Monsters University. We enjoyed both movies, and all around it was a fun family night out. Our friend, Toby, at Mommy Poppins in LA has already written a review of Monsters University, so I’m focusing on Turbo, the tale of a snail with an impossible dream. For parents, the big question is always: Is it really a good film for kids? Read on to find out.
If your toddler is anything like mine, she probably has a borderline manic obsession with all things Elmo. What it is about that red furry monster who speaks in the third person I may never know; but because he makes my daughter smile, I’ve become a bit of an Elmo-stalker myself. So you can imagine my delight when I saw that he was co-starring in a mini film at the Museum of Science Planetarium: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.
It’s not often that first-run movies and crying, sleeping, or just-waking babies are mentioned in the same sentence. But at several local cinemas, it’s a regularly scheduled event. These theaters offer baby-friendly matinees - special programs that give moms, dads, grandparents, and caretakers the chance to see a new, top-rated film – crying babies welcome!
A comfortable and early daytime setting and a baby-friendly environment where parents can park their strollers and socialize with other parents with infants are common among these theaters. Lights are kept brighter and the volume lower, and no “shush”ing required.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show - with your baby.
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