Family fun at the Galileo Drive-In

Life hasn’t felt like much fun this year, right? At times it’s felt really quite miserable. Our kids in particular have taken massive strain and, despite being around each other 24/7 for much of the year, we haven’t really had an experience that’s bonded us for a while… until our recent visit to the Galileo Drive-In changed that!

A few weeks back I booked tickets to see Aladdin (Will Smith version) at the new Galileo Drive-In and I managed to keep it a surprise until we had to start packing the car with blankets and they started to suspect something was up!

Galileo has brought back the beloved drive-in with an array of cinematic delights on the big screen and delicious movie-pairing food available to order when you purchase your tickets.

It was with MUCH excitement that we all headed off last Friday evening to enjoy our very first drive-in movie at the Rondebosch venue, Vredenhof Sports Fields, in the leafy southern suburbs. Tucked in a shallow valley, this venue is protected by trees and offers stunning mountain views giving it a very cosy atmosphere! (There is another location in the Constantia Valley at the Cape Academy of Maths, Science & Technology school)

We arrived just after 6pm with a car full of food purchased en route. There is a sweet treat stall and vendor that does deliveries of popcorn, candyfloss, chips, sweets, chocolate and cold and hot drinks. We did one shop for supper and treats.

We packed warm blankets, 2 camping chairs, a few board games to keep us busy while we waited and even our slippers! We should have packed more pillows as this was one thing that may have made our experience a bit more comfortable…

We parked backwards and opened up our hatch. All cars are parked in the order of arrival and smaller vehicles towards the front with 4x4s at the back. We were asked to lower our hatch so it was useful to have a few ropes and tie downs in our boot.

The venue was very well organised with Covid protocols in place and everyone stayed in their vehicles until the movie started at 8pm. We tuned in to hear the audio via a radio we hired for R40 (cash only), but you can also tune in via your car radio (at the risk of running your car battery down tho!)

The kids loved the excitement of the whole experience, to be honest we all loved it! It was great fun to see them enjoying themselves and we all loved being together, making the car boot cosy, enjoying our snacks, cuddling and laughing. It really was such fun and we would all give it a big thumbs up for family fun!

The Galileo Open Air Cinema offers a magical outdoor movie experience underneath a canopy of stars!

This summer, The Galileo brings you three styles of cinema for your selection: Royale, Picnic & Drive In.

* The Galileo Royale: A royal-worthy VIP experience at a selection of intimate venues around Cape Town
* The Galileo Picnic: The much-loved, classic Galileo with our local artisanal food vendors
* The Galileo Drive In: A unique and nostalgic experience from the safety of your car

Ticket pricing

Tickets are priced PER CAR, depending on how many people are in each car.

Please note that cars and boots will be checked for sneaky stowaways so get the correct ticket to avoid embarrassment. Should you have more people than your ticket notes, the extra people in the car will be charged R100p/p.

Tickets purchased at the door will be charged at R125p/p to encourage pre-booking. For our solo guests, we regret that the minimum charge per car is R250. The maximum number of people allowed per car is 6. Children 2 years and under enter for free.

2 Person Car R250
R125pp per person
3 Person Car R330
R110pp per person
4 Person Car R390
R98pp per person
5 Person Car R430
R86pp per person
6 Person Car R450
R75pp per person

All tickets for Galileo movies can be purchased online via Webtickets


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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