Columbus Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2021

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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. Moonlight Movies at Polaris Fashion Place

Drive in movies will take place on Fridays in May at Polaris Fashion Place in the Main Entrance parking lot. The movies are free but you can reserve your ticket online. ALL DATES ARE SOLD OUT FOR 2021.

2. Movies at Moonlight at Easton Town Center

Free outdoor movies will take place on Tuesday evenings in June in the Town Square at dusk. 2021 movies include:

June 1: Wizard of Oz
June 8: The LEGO Movie 2
June 15: Field of Dreams
June 22: Despicable Me
June 29: Sonic the Hedgehog

Socially distant circles for guests will be available on a first come first serve basis!

3. 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 5-11 are only $2. A concession stand and restrooms will also be available. There are two screens and 4 movies are shown each evening.

4. Free Friday Flicks in the Park

Register online to watch a movie in your car in the parking lot of the Community Center in Hilliard! 2021 dates so far include June 18.

5. Community Drive In Movie Night at The Naz (unconfirmed for 2021)

Watch a free Drive-In Movie each Sunday night at The Naz Church at 6:30 PM. Register online to attend!

6. Gahanna Summer Drive-In Series (unconfirmed for 2021)

 

Head to Headley Park for drive-in concerts and movies! Register in advance if you want to attend!

–>> 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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