What You Need for an at Home Drive-In Movie


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Last week, the girls and I had a playdate with our friends where we created an indoor at home drive-in movie viewing. We all had a great time crafting and watching a movie…the girls from the comfort of their laundry baskets.

Drive-in movie at home with netflix

I shared how we made our BYO(L)B party into a DIY custom car with license plate earlier. It is incredibly easy and it can be fast or you can take a while to get into it. Either way, the kids are quite happy lounging in their baskets (I’m looking into a adult-sized one as we speak!)

Drive-in movie at home with netflix

So, what do you need to make your at home drive-in movie a success?

The car

As I mentioned, we made our cars from laundry baskets, some foam, paper plates, decorations, and DIY license plates. You could also use a cardboard box.

Drive-in movie at home with netflix

The accessories

The girls made some fun steering wheels, which they decided to forgo for snacks. But, they did leave their fun Netflix stickers aka “bumper stickers” and wheels and headlights.

The comfort

Pillows and blankets are a must. I like to snuggle up when I’m watching a movie and the kids are no different.

The snacks

I think there was at least one kiddo with a snack in hand at all times. We had some good ones at JaMonkey’s house, like fruit plates, popcorn, cookies, veggie plates and fruit snacks.

Drive-in movie at home with netflix

The movie

The most important part of the Drive-In Movie is the actual movie! With Netflix, there is a great selection that they can choose from. Since it was the beginning of November, we went with Free Birds. There are many others to choose from on Netflix. Just this month, there is Veggie Tales: It’s a Meaningful Life, Thomas and Friends: The Christmas Engines, and later this month, Ultimate Spiderman: Season 3 and Home to name a few.  We can always find something to watch on Netflix for a Drive-In Movie.

What would you include for your drive-in movie requirements? What movie would you watch?

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  1. I love this! This is great! Fun idea for rainy days! I would watch Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, because that’s the first movie I watched at a drive in! For snacks, I would do some popcorn, fruit, and cookies!

  2. pat chance says:

    Jeanna saw this on your blog yesterday and thought it was a great idea. Especially the fact it keeps the kiddos from getting in each others way. No pushing or shoving, everyone has their own space.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I love the laundry basket car idea! If we do this I’d want to have Swedish Fish and we could watch Inside Out-such a cute movie!

  4. Donna Kellogg says:

    This is such a fun idea something I am really gonna have to do.

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