It’s been quite a long time since we went out to the movies until a recent trip to upstate NY.
After spending a day wandering around (and doing things like searching for Gnome Mountain), we treated our kids to a new movie experience, the Drive-In!
I had mean to surprise Lucas and Theo with the experience but Kim didn’t realize, and mentioned the plans to Lucas when she woke him up that morning. Regardless, he was very excited for his first drive-in movie experience!We headed over to the Overlook Drive-In, located in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Overlook claims to have the largest screen in the Tri-State area. Based on the size of the screen, there was no reason to worry about getting too close. The drive-in was also the perfect option for a safe, socially distanced movie experience!The kids got a kick out of sitting in the back of my Jeep. We picked up fast food on our way to Overlook (we were short on time). The boys, especially Theo have come love our ‘car picnics’ and this time was extra fun. They got to eat in the car (not buckled in) and watch Kung Fu Panda.
My 8 year-old Lucas stayed focused, watching the entire movie. 4 year-old Theo, couldn’t sit like this the whole time and eventually went inside the car to move around.
I found parking the car in reverse to be extremely uncomfortable. When I briefly sat in thew cargo area, I banged my head on more than one occasion! If we brought chairs like other experienced drive in movie-goers had done, it would’ve been a much better experience (not that I really cared about the movie).
If it wasn’t so late, I would’ve considered turning the car around and staying for Part 2 of the double feature, The Mummy!
Overall, going to a drive in movie is a really fun experience for kids. If we were better prepared (it’s been many years since my last drive in), it may have been more enjoyable for Kim and me.
In the end, I was glad that my almost-surprise was a big hit!
Overlook Drive-In is located at 126 Degarmo Road in Poughkeepsie, NY.