Columbus Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2020

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Local businesses are getting creative with their outdoor summer movies in 2020! Check out one of these drive-in movie options for your family this summer!

The summer of 2020 is unlike any other! The summer is usually packed full of movie deals and outdoor movies in every neighborhood and suburb. While the summer of 2020 isn’t going to look exactly like that, you don’ have to miss out on a movie under the stars!

Malls and theaters are opening their parking lots for drive in movies! Check out these movie options that are either happening every night or on a limited basis! And don’t forget South Drive-In Theatre which is  a permanent drive-in theater on the south side of Columbus!

1. Cinema Under the Stars at Polaris Fashion Place

Drive in movies will take place this weekend at Polaris Fashion Place in the JCPenney parking lot. The movies are free but you can reserve your ticket online. Different movies will be shown each night June 10-13th. Click the link for the line up.

2. Easton Sunset Series Drive-In at Easton Town Center

 

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car. Movies are announced on a weekly basis.

3. Parking Lot Cinema at the Marcus Pickerington Cinema

 

For seven days a week, Marcus Cinema Pickerington will be offering drive-in movies on the north side of their building. You can listen to the audio through your radio. Tickets and concessions are available in advance online. The food will be in a designated pick up area. Cash purchases will not be an option on site.

There will be two movies night, the first one starting at 9:15 PM. Friday June 12 will begin The Goonies and Twister. Movies will change each Friday for the coming week. Cost is $25 per car during the week and $30 per car Friday through Sunday. 

4. Pride of Ohio Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center

Ohio History Center will be holding a summer series of Stephen Spielberg movies. (Spielberg was born in Ohio!). There will be 3 movies this summer and they will be held in a drive-in style in the parking lot! The movies are free, but you must register in advance.

There are two movie times for each date, 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Snack packs are also available for purchase. Dates will be June 13, July 11 and Aug, 8, 2020.

5. South Drive In Theatre

South Drive In is a permanent drive-in movie theatre. The theater is open weekends only. Online ticketing is available, however cards and cash will be accepted at the gate. Kids 4 and under are free every night and kids ages 5-12 are only $2. A concession stand and restrooms will also be available. There are two screens and 4 movies are shown each evening.

6. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Movies are currently scheduled into mid July. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

7. From Book to Film Outdoor Movie Series at Bridgeway Academy 

You’ll need to register in advance for this outdoor movie in the parking lot of the future home of Bridgeway Academy. You will be able to park in the lot and get out of your car to watch the movie in a socially distanced layout. They are asking for a suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. The movie begins shortly after 8:00 PM on Saturday. The first movie of the Series takes place June 27th and will be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version). Future movies will be announced soon.

–>> Need more to do this summer? Sign up for a Summer Reading Program or try out one of these 25 Fun Outdoor Activities in Columbus for the Whole Family! <<–

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Summer Reading Clubs are Launching Now at Columbus and Central Ohio Libraries!

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Summer Reading Clubs can keep kids entertained and motivated over the summer! Check out this list of Columbus and Central Ohio Summer Reading Programs hosted by local libraries!

As an adult winner of a Summer Reading Challenge prize a few years ago, I can personally say that these Summer Reading Programs are for all ages! And what else do we have to do during the Summer of 2020 than to read?!

Check out one (or more) of these Central Ohio Summer Reading Programs to keep your kids focused on the goal! There are prizes involved and some of them are pretty cool! 

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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Dates: May 30 – August 4, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Log in to the website or download the new Reading Challenge App. Enter your reading minutes on to your Game Board and compete your Reading Activity Bingo in order to be entered into raffles for prizes like gift cards, free food, books, a bike and more!

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Worthington Libraries

Theme: Magic Unbound: A Summer Reading Quest
Dates: May 20 – July 20, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Receive prizes by filling in the amount of time you’ve read on your Reading Record. You can also DIY activities at home to make progress toward your prizes. You can print your Reading Record from the library website.

Westerville Public Library

Theme: Read & Imagine
Dates: May 22 – August 2, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Set your own reading goal and once you reach your goal, stop by the library to pick up your prize!

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Grandview Heights Public Library

Theme: Summer Reading Club
Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Use the App to track your reading online and win prizes from the library!

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Southwest Public Libraries

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: May 30 – July 25, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Register online to read, watch online programs and do online activities in order to earn raffle entries and prizes! The program includes special online performances!

Bexley Public Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1
Ages: All ages
How it works: Track your reading online or by printing out a paper version. Highlights include virtual programming, a coloring page to hang in your window, a bookmark contest and more! 

Upper Arlington Public Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Register online and download the reading log and mark each day you read. If you read for 15 days or more, you earn a free book! 

Delaware County District Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1 – August 21, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Read for 12 hours throughout the summer and collect prizes at the 6 and 12 hour benchmarks. Download the reading log to keep track of your reading. Most programs and events will be virtual. 

Pickerington Public Library 

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 8 – August 8, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Track your reading on the READsquared app and earn toys, coupons and raffle tickets for grand prizes! There is also a technology-free option! You can register for an one on one zoom story time with a library staff person and there will also be live zoom events throughout the summer! 

I will continue to add more as they are announced! In the meantime if you’re missing library story times, check out this list of  17 Columbus Based Virtual Story Times for Kids!

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Affordable (and Free!) Summer Fun at Local Marcus Theatres 

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Want to beat the heat or get out of the rain? Keep the kids entertained this summer with one of these fun, affordable family-friendly movie options at Marcus Theatres!

Thanks to Marcus Theatres for sponsoring this post!

Affordable (and Free!) Summer Fun at Local Marcus Theatres

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Ah summer…no school, warm days and long nights. Although the list of potential activities seems never ending, it’s always a good idea to have a fool-proof plan in your back pocket for those days when the kids say “I’m bored,” the rain ruins your outing or you just want to kick up your feet and RELAX!

That’s where Marcus Theatres comes to the rescue.  With two local theatres, the Marcus Crosswoods Cinema in Columbus and the Marcus Pickerington Cinema in Pickerington, there is plenty of affordable (and free!) family fun on tap all summer long. Both theatres also feature comfortable DreamLounger recliners, premium large format screens and two great dining options — the Take Five Lounge and Zaffiro’s Express — for a convenient outing all under one roof.

Kids Dream Summer Film Series (Crosswoods and Pickerington Cinemas)

The Kids Dream Summer Film Series presented by American Family Insurance brings recent family favorites back to the big screen for an admission price of just $3 per person. Better yet, popcorn and fountain drinks are only $2.75 each! All films will play now through August 14 on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 

You can save even more by visiting an American Family Insurance agency owner or the Kids Dream website to receive two FREE tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit www.AmFam.com/KidsDream to get yours! 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Kids Dream films:

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Free Family Parties (Crosswoods Cinema)

Heads to the Crosswoods Cinema for free family parties to celebrate the opening of this summer’s biggest films. Pro tip: they are come as you please and a great way to burn off extra energy before or after the movie! 

Mark your calendar for these upcoming parties:

  • July 20 and 21: “The Lion King” Free Family Parties from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Get your picture taken in the photo booth; make-your-own paper plate lion mask, lion origami and animal scratch art; and enjoy free snacks! 
    • Stay for the movie! Film admission sold separately. Click here for showtimes.
  • August 17 and 18: “The Angry Birds Movie 2” Free Family Parties from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Partygoers will enjoy a variety of crafts, snacks and more — more details and showtimes will be available soon at www.MarcusTheatres.com.
    • Stay for the movie! Film admission sold separately.The Lion King movie shown at Marcus Theatres Columbus Ohio

Value Days (Select Locations)

From “Toy Story 4” to “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (opening August 9), it’s no secret that this summer’s line-up is packed with plenty of amazing movies for families — and with value days at Marcus Theatres a trip to the theatre doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these great offerings:

  • $5 Movie Tuesday (both theatres): Every movie is just $5, plus Magical Movie Rewards (MMR) loyalty members receive free complimentary-size popcorn! (Not a MMR member? You can sign-up for free online or in theatre.)
  • Student Thursday* (Crosswoods Cinema): Every Thursday, students and faculty can enjoy a movie for $6, plus receive free complimentary-size popcorn. Simply show your student or faculty ID to receive this great deal!
*Ticket prices are subject to tax where applicable. An additional charge applies for 3D, SuperScreen DLX and UltraScreen DLX showings.

The next time you’re in the market for a fun and affordable summer activity, make sure to head to your nearest Marcus Theatre!

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