I’m lucky enough that being a teacher, I get to spend the school holidays with my girl! I try to maximise the quality time we spend together and usually try to plan a couple of outtings, a few catch ups with friends, a night away and some days at home. Our first school holiday outing these holidays, I decided was to be the drive-ins.
I’d never been before, ever. I was pretty excited! We headed there for a 7pm showing of Madagascar 3 but didn’t tell Phoebe where we were going. During the day I’d already organised the boot of our station wagon with pillows, doonas and our slippers. I was suprised how busy it was for a Monday night, even being the school holidays. Once we explained where we were, she was so excited!
We reversed the car up towards the screen, Phoebe and I asumed our positions while Hubby went and got us dinner from the Diner (BUT you can also SMS your orders through and they bring it to your car, amazing huh?). Now, realistically, this is not a pricey affair for a family, especially if you go on a Monday night. We had to pay for Hubby and I, which I think ammounted to $17 (I think we could even pay an extra $5 and stay for the movie after ours). A car load of people is capped at $20. If we were on a tight budget, we would have had dinner before we came, and taken our own drinks and snacks. But because we’d never been before, we wanted to experience it all. We all had dinner plus the normal movie food, popcorn, choc tops and coke, for around $45. Considering we all had dinner, I didn’t think it was too bad.
Next time, although it wasn’t too cold, we’ll take beanbags instead and sit outisde with our doonas, the bottom of a boot isn’t that comfy, no matter how you try to pad it up (you can tell there are some seasoned drive-inners out there, some of the setups were amazingly well thought out). I will put Phoebe in her pj’s, I thought I was silly if I did, but when I got there I realised I was the silly one for not doing it. All the kids were walking around in their pj’s, dressing gowns and slippers (glad we at least took the slippers, we kinda fit in). And we’ll probably take our own drinks and snacks and have tea before we go.
It was a great family night out (Magagascar was a good movie even for us adults). So what do you have planned for these school holidays? I love going to new places with the family, so throw me your favourite!