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Frugal Family Fun – Homemade Drive-In

homemade drive-in

We recently saw one of our friends post pictures of their kids outside in lawn chairs watching movies on a laptop. We thought this looked like such a fun idea that we took it a step further! We pulled our minivan into the back yard (are neighbors probably thought we were crazy!) Then we laid blankets & pillows down just like we would at a real drive-in. Of course we had to go to the dollar store and get some sugary snacks for the movie!

homemade drive-in

We picked out some great FREE movies from our local library and played them on our laptop! So for $2, the cost of candy, we were able to create our own drive-in at home and a life time of memories! We will definitely be doing this again! Oh and another added bonus… when you have to take potty breaks… you can pause the movie and don’t have to miss a thing!

Don’t have a laptop? Use a TV & VCR or DVD player. Some libraries have these available to rent also!

What frugal family fun ideas do you have?

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2 Responses to “Frugal Family Fun – Homemade Drive-In”

  1. What a clever idea! Outside is always a great choice. I often tell my students, “Go sit outside! You don’t have to stay inside and study.” I’m not sure when we (adults) transition from reading books to kids on a blanket outside under a tree to forcing them to sit very still at the kitchen table until every last worksheet is done. The fresh air, the breeze, the ambient noises (in moderation) all must be good for students of all ages. Keep it up!

  2. I love this idea! I have such fond memories of going to the drive-in as a kid. We don’t go to the theater very often because it’s so expensive, but also because I’m never sure how long my kids will be willing to sit still for a movie (ages 7 and 4). This solves both issues! Our library also hosts a free movie one afternoon each month, usually a new release DVD. They even serve popcorn (also free). So we take advantage of that when we can.

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