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.

8. 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! There are two dates for this event: July 17 and August 14, 2020.

9. Community Drive In Movie Night at The Naz

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

10. Gahanna Summer Drive-In Series


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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 29-31, 2020

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Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family  this weekend!

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This week I’m going back to the original format in terms of title and dates of What Should We Do This Weekend? But I will still continue to offer mostly at-home activities with some other things that are happening out and about sprinkled in. 

*Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions. Read my disclaimer here.

The previous weeks’ lists are really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas! 

If you’re interested in updated Farmers Market info for this weekend, check out my post on Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio! Also, don’t forget you can sign up for a local Summer Reading Club!

1. Sign up for Virtual Zoo Camp at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Zoo Camp2U will be taking place online this year and includes a list of perks like one free admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium good through summer 2021, live interaction with a camp counselor and downloadable family activities. 

2. Make Calm-Down Dough with Columbus Recreation and Parks

Make a soft, calming dough using hair conditioner and cornstarch!


3. Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Enjoy a story time from Grange Insurance Audubon Center featuring birds of course! The book featured here is Say Hello Like This!

4. Watch a drive in Movie at Easton Sunset Series Drive-in Movies

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.

5. Print Out and Color this Coloring Page from Roosevelt Coffee

Maybe this is one more for the adults! LOL But you gotta love a coffee-themed coloring page!


6. Make your own set of lungs with Grandview Heights Public Library Youth Services Department

Join in on Science Sunday to make a fake lung! You need a plastic bottle, 2 regular sized balloons and scissors.


7. Order a DIY Sundae Bar from Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor!

Ice cream, sauces and toppings, what’s not to love? The post says to DM them for info!


8. Watch Rat Basketball from COSI

Missing Rat Basketball? Watch these rats play online (the announcing is hilarious!) and then some of your burning questions will be answered!


9. SciDome Planetarium at The Works presents Dinosaurs at Dusk

Watch a free planetarium video formatted for your screen about dinosaurs! (Available through May 31, 2020.)

10. Join Captain Captain from The Shazzbots for Toy Day Tuesday!

Captain Captain gets in on the unboxing trend in his latest Facebook Live. Watch him open Superheroes, Ugly Dolls and more! 

** Bonus: COSI is offering BOGO Free memberships if you purchase by May 31, 2020! Read more here about this membership deal!**

In case you missed it, click the picture below for more online activities!

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15 Must Follow Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You to Explore Columbus

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Follow these 15 Columbus Instagram Accounts to stay on top of what’s going on in Columbus, Ohio!

Whenever I’m looking for inspiration or ideas of things to do, I automatically turn to Instagram! I love the community on Instagram and I have enjoyed connecting with many of my readers (that’s you!) through Instagram! 

While there are countless Instgrammers based in Columbus, the Instagram accounts on this list are very specifically focused on THINGS TO DO in Columbus! If you’re looking for ideas of things to do with your kids, the newest restaurant in town, local fitness classes or ideas for date nights, these 15 Instagram accounts will not let you down.

In fact, when your friends start asking how you know about all the cool things there are to do in Columbus, you will have these people to thank!

15 Instagram Accounts to follow in Columbus, Ohio:

1. @sweetlycbus – Sweetly Cbus

Sweetly Cbus focuses on the Columbus food scene with a penchant for all things sweet!


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2. @columbusdatenightguide – Columbus Date Night Guide

If you’re looking for the best happy hours, sweet date night spots or the perfect date night, look here first!


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3. @lakesandlattes – Lakes and Lattes

Lakes and Lattes will take you on a culinary tour of Columbus including date night ideas and kid-friendly eats!


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4. @breakfastwithNick – Breakfast with Nick

Breakfast with Nick offers an inside guide to Columbus restaurants with strong inclination for Breakfast!


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5. @columbusnavigator – Columbus Navigator

Columbus Navigator is always digging up the most interesting things you need to know about Columbus including where to eat, play and plan your next adventure!


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6. @eatplaycbus – Eat Play Cbus

Eat Play Cbus shares a wide range of ideas of things to do in Columbus including local businesses, the foodie scene and things to do with kids!


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7. @cbusadventures – Columbus Food Adventures

Columbus Food Adventures provides guided in-person tours of some of the best hidden gems in Columbus when it comes to restaurants – luckily for us, a tour of their Instagram page is available to anyone!


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8. @findwhereyoufit – Find Where You Fit

Find Where You Fit encourages you do do just that when it comes to the Columbus Fitness Scene. FWYF will offer you an honest and thorough breakdown of Columbus gyms, classes and workout spots before you try them yourself!


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9. @614parks – 614 Parks

If you’re looking for outdoor fun, 614 Parks gives you the scoop on the parks and playgrounds of Columbus and Central Ohio!


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10. @cravecolumbus – Crave Columbus

You’ll drool over your screen as you peruse the best of the Columbus restaurant scene! Where will you eat next? Crave Columbus will help you decide!


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11. @cbusfoodauthority – Cbus Food Authority

We can’t argue with her authority, Cbus Food Authority knows where it’s at when it comes to the best of Columbus eats and treats!


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12. @cbus4kids – Cbus 4 Kids

Cbus 4 Kids focuses on fun and frugal outings for you and your kids with an extra dose of Mother Nature!


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13. @midwestfoodfest – Midwest Food Fest

Midwest Food Fest is a self-proclaimed Pizza Queen, but her Instagram account will also inspire you to venture beyond pizza take out for your next Columbus meal!


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14. @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus – What Should We Do Today? (Columbus)

Yeah, this one’s your’s truly! Focused on family friendly things to do in Columbus, you’ll find playgrounds, museums, food, indoor play areas and more!


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15. @cbusfoodbloggers – Cbus Food Bloggers

Cbusfoodbloggers is a community of Columbus food bloggers so following this account is a great way to find out about even more Columbus bloggers – especially if you’re looking for your next great meal in Columbus!


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Looking for more inspiration to explore Columbus? Try: 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio


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