Philadelphia has announced scores of outdoor activities, one of which are outdoor screenings of movies. I’m always making grand plans to participate in these screenings but something (usually laziness) comes up and l beg off.
I love the idea of an outdoor movie. It reminds me of going to drive in movies. We would all wear out pajamas and go to the movies. My mom would let us buy popcorn and we would sit in the car, or sometimes on the hood, and check out a flick.
My library has gotten in on the action and we have partnered with the Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Board to host three movie nights during the summer. This past Friday we showed Disney’s Big Hero 6 and I made a point to go. It’s been hella hot and instead of sweating at home I figured the coolness of the creek would be a great alternative to sitting outside.
The Bee declined to go so I headed out solo to catch the movie. While I thought I was prepared, because I had a cool drink and the foresight to bring a blanket, I know there are a few other supplies I need to make movie night enjoyable.
1. Bug Spray
This may be “duh” to you all but the I really thought that I would be fine without an application.
There weren’t swarms of bugs but there was enough to make me look like a pinwheel as the movie played.
2. A Chair
I have this great chair I picked up years ago that I keep in the car. A blanket is nice but a chair helped keep me off of the ground and allowed me to better be able to see the movie.
3. A flashlight.
I have one on my phone but a little pin light would have done too. This was helpful for the people next to me who’s kids kept dropping stuff.
4. Easy to eat snacks (if you are a snacker)
Who wants to be fussing about trying to get chocolate off of your hands, fooling around with sticky caramel or even messy fruit. I live cherries but the pits are, well the pits. It’s hard to be fancy while spitting out a little seed into your hand.
If you’re not a snacker, bring lots of cool drinks.
5. Go to the bathroom before you get comfy.
This is more of a Rachee icky thing. Ports potties are just gross.
6. Glow sticks.
The Bee suggested this and I agree. A few kids had glow sticks and they had a ball running around with them.
Lansdowne’s next movie night is July 10 and we are showing The Princess Bride (As You Wish…). Get there early to get a good seat and enjoy a fun and free night.