We took our 3-year-old to his first movie in the theater last weekend, and it was huge fun for him. We had put this off for quite a while for a few reasons -- the lack of age-appropriate movies, our concerns that he would be too fidgety or maybe overwhelmed by the sound, and the fact that we had plenty of other options for activities and entertainment. Now that we've lived through his first movie theater experience, I'm feeling pretty good about taking him to some of the outdoor summer movies that seem to be popping up everywhere. It's been awhile since I've seen a good movie under the stars, and I always loved the outdoor cinema experience as a child. Fortunately, there are some really fantastic outdoor films offered in the Atlanta area:
Flicks on 5th
, on Fifth Street between Spring and West Peachtree, has outdoor movies most Wednesday nights at dusk. The June 18 flick is "Horton Hears a Who". The others (including "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Superbad") might be better as a date night.
The Family Movie Nights
series at East Cobb Park kicks off TONIGHT and has seven outdoor films planned between now and October. Because this series is geared specifically toward families, there will be inflatables, popcorn, music and more starting at 6 pm. Movies start at dusk.
Another family-friendly outdoor cinema series is Dekalb County Parks' Movies in the Park
on some Saturday nights. The first showing for this summer will be Saturday, June 21 at Hairston Park.
You can see "Bee Movie" this Saturday night at Flicks on the Bricks
at the Duluth Town Green. This once-a-month outdoor movie series runs through October. Other flicks include "The Water Horse" and "Surf's Up".
Screen on the Green
at Centennial Olympic Park has has two remaining movies in its Thursday night series. We're hoping to catch "E.T." there next week. Activities start at 6 pm; outdoor films start at sunset.
Be sure to check the websites for any of these outdoor cinema events that you plan to attend for details on what you can and cannot bring along. Ideally, our kids will fall asleep not too long after the movie starts, especially if they've worn themselves out enjoying some of the pre-show fun. But be prepared for what happens if they stay awake -- movies starting at dusk might last as late as 10:30 or 11 pm. In my mind, watching E.T. outside with our kids would be an almost magical experience, so you'll see me at as many of these outdoor movies as I can manage to get to!
Source: "Five For Friday: Outdoor Movies" by Amy Davis. Read full article at: http://atlanta.savvysource.com/blogpost769_1_five-for-friday-outdoor-movies