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10 Jun, 2009

It’s almost time for movies on the beach!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Easy ways to make kids happy

BOB-FM’s Movies on the Beach is coming back to Ottawa and the first showing is planned for Westboro Beach on June 26th. Woo hoo!

This year’s theme is Sing-Along-Summer-Movies and you can vote for your fave on the BOB-FM website and also find out that dates of future shows. They rotate around Ottawa beaches too, which I think is totally fab. And it’s free! Double fab.

We went last summer to see Cars (Dani was there too!) and had a great time. Emma and Sarah loved whole outdoor movie-watching experience, and they loved playing with Tristan and Simon too. In fact there may have been talk of marriage. (!)

If you’re planning on going to Movies on the Beach, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Bring folding chairs to sit in, and blankets to throw over your shoulders (or for baby to crawl on). Most Ottawans are chair people. If you’re a blanket person you’ll just be annoyed at the unbroken wall of chair people blocking your view and you’ll be miserable.
  • Snacks are good! We eat dinner beforehand and bring popcorn or small bags of chips and a drink. I can’t watch a movie without nibbling on something! Note there are washrooms on site.
  • The movie starts after dusk. They project it on a giant inflatable screen which is positioned on the shoreline.
  • Arrive early and do your best to position yourself away from the smokers (YES REALLY!)
  • Should you bring toys for the kids? I believe in kids making their own fun but it depends on the kids. You can bring a frisbee or a ball but the beach will eventually get kind of crowded for that kind of thing. Sand toys are a safe bet.
  • Bring a flashlight so you can find your car after the movie’s over. Once the movie’s over it’s freakin’ DARK at Westboro Beach.
  • It cools down quite a bit too, so bring a sweater (I sound like such a mom, don’t I?).
  • There are a couple of places you can park, including a large lot right by the beach. Parking is free. (Check it on Google Maps for specifics.)

Dani suggested bug spray … which might be an idea too.

(Thanks to Alison for the heads up!)

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12 Responses to "It’s almost time for movies on the beach!"

1 | Mark

June 10th, 2009 at 8:59 am


bring a sweater…and make sure you put a card in your wallet with your name, address and emergency contact number…and for god’s sake don’t talk to any strangers at the beach.

2 | Chantal

June 10th, 2009 at 10:03 am


:) to Mark’s comment.

Thanks for the reminder.

3 | andrea

June 10th, 2009 at 10:07 am


It goes without saying you should always carry an emergency contact in your wallet.


4 | BeachMama

June 10th, 2009 at 6:56 pm


I love this! They have a movie night in the Park near our house, but we have yet to go. My girlfriend and her husband also have weekly movies in their backyard and when they visit, they bring their equipment with them :).

Perhaps if it’s a good choice and my Mom is free to take the smallest family member it would be a good way to end off the school year.

5 | Loukia

June 10th, 2009 at 9:50 pm


Mark’s comment made me laugh!

This is a fun idea! The park in my neighbourhood did this last year too, like Anna said in her comment – it was an afternoon fun fest at the park, BBQ, games, etc. and even a sleepever, with movies on a big screen at 9 p.m. Tents were everywhere! I hope they do it again this summer! (We left for home as soon as the movie was starting, though…)

6 | lacoop

June 11th, 2009 at 5:23 am


Thanks for the reminder. We missed this last year, but we will try to make it this year.

7 | Julie

June 11th, 2009 at 7:14 am


How awesome! We definitely must attend this year.

8 | alison

June 11th, 2009 at 11:25 am


Thanks for all the advice Andrea. I’ve already gone to the Bob FM website and cast my vote. We are looking forward to going on the 26th. Maybe we’ll see you there.

9 | LO

June 11th, 2009 at 5:48 pm


Sounded great until the ‘smoker’ thing. That wrecks it for us…sigh:(

10 | andrea

June 11th, 2009 at 6:02 pm


Don’t let that keep you away LO. No one smoked during the film, only before (tho’ that was bad enough).

I don’t want to make it sound like EVERYONE smoked on the beach that night, because that really was not the case. It was just our bad luck to sit behind someone who decided to light up.

11 | J.

June 26th, 2009 at 5:13 am


that’s great advice I’m looking forward to watching a movie on the beach this summer.

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