This last Friday, Daniel and I went to the Idaho Botanical Gardens for a "Movie in the Garden." It was the first showing of the season, and I'm pretty certain we picked the best movie... The Sandlot. I haven't seen that movie in ages, and it was honestly more funny this time around than when I was a kid. I love those movies that are made for kids but really they're for adults. They just don't make movies like The Sandlot these days.
The Idaho Botanical Gardens show these movies every other Friday from July through September. Some of the other movies they're showing this year include Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, and The Princess Bride. I want to go to all of them!
The scene in the park is really neat. The Idaho Botanical Gardens are nestled right along the Boise Foothills at the old Idaho Penitentiary so it's very picturesque. There are a bunch of people who sprawl out on blankets and sit under the stars for a movie. The Gardens open at 7 so you can come as early as you'd like, and when we showed up there were kids playing in the grassy fields, a bunch of people tossing a football, and tons of people sipping beverages and relaxing as the sun went down. We grabbed caesar salads, cookies and Milk Duds from the local caterer, but you can also bring any kind of food and beverage you like—they call it "picnic style." The movie began promptly at dusk, and as the final beams of light faded, the laughter to The Sandlot began.
See photos of the Idaho Botanical Gardens Movie in the Garden below, and—attention Idaho friends—make sure to go all the way to the bottom to win a pair of tickets for yourself!
Exploring the Botanical Gardens.
Part of the Old Penitentiary.
The Movies in the Garden, nestled right along the Boise Foothills.
We had a beautiful view of Table Rock from our blanket.
Waiting for the show to start!
Lesson learned: the family in front of us gave their iPad to their little boy right as the movie started and he watched Dora The Explorer with the screen on full brightness and full audio during the entire movie. It was very distracting—not only to us, but the entire crowd behind us—so if you have little kiddos and go to an event like this—leave the electronics at home!
Now, for my Idaho friends (or anyone who wants to come for a visit!), if YOU want to win a FREE pair of tickets to go to one of IBG's Movies in the Garden, all you need to do is leave a comment below! If you comment as a guest, make sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win! I'll be picking a winner on Sunday, July 21. Good luck!
UPDATE // Winner: Andi!
/ / The tickets to this show were provided to me for free, but all opinions and content are my own.