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 Survival Tips For Taking Your Child To The Movies....

Taking your children to the movie theater is a great family outing that everyone will enjoy.  As a parent however, it is important to select the right movie, at the right time, and to set some rules prior to the excursion.  Below you will find some tips to help make going to the movies with your children a terrific experience.

  • Try and get an aisle seat so that you will not disturb others if you need to leave for any reason.
  • Don't arrive early unless you think that getting a seat will be a problem.   Remember toddlers do not need to see previews.  If you have someone else with you send them in to reserve seats and keep the toddler out until the last minute.  Try and save their short attention spans for the movie.
  • Bring something "quiet" to amuse your child during the waiting period before the movie begins or if they just get too restless.
  • Always check on the movie's running time before you buy tickets.   Choose according to your child's attention span.  If the movie is long then pick another one.
  • Pick a show time that will work well for the youngest child.  Avoid nap time or evening productions that will go past bed time.
  • Matinee movies are usually a great option for families with  children. Matinee times are normally from the time the theater opens until their peak evening hours.  Ticket prices are substantially less for a matinee and the theater is less crowded.  So you will have more enjoyable experience and spend less money.
  • Never take small children to a movie on opening day or opening weekend.  The theater will be extremely crowded, seats can be difficult to get together and you will stressed out if your child has a melt down.  So wait a few weeks until everyone else has already gone to see the movie.
  • Make sure you check to confirm that the movie is family-friendly  before you go.  Remember that the name of a movie is not always an indication of the content. Keep in mind that age appropriate material is the key to a successful event. Ensure that it will not scare younger children but will be entertaining for older children.

  • Instruct the child as to how they will be expected to behave in the movies.  Let them know that they should not talk and if they do they must use their "Indoor Voice", that means a low whisper, at all times.   Let them know that they must sit still and can never kick the sit in front of them.
  • Make sure your young child is well rested and has eaten prior to going to the movies. Bring a small snack for your child from home, but make sure it is a "quiet" snack for them to eat immediately.  When your child has taken fidgeting to a whole new level you can make a field trip out of getting a treat from the concession stand.  Kids snack packs, including popcorn, drink and snack, are available but tend to be more pricey.  The most economical snack is usually a box of popcorn.
  • Make sure you take them to the restroom before the movie starts. 
  • Try and sit by another family or in an empty row.  Always avoid elderly people who may have less patience for noisy, restless children in the theater.
  • If a child needs to be consoled for any reason, leave the theater. Leaving before it becomes a disaster is usually a good thing.  Do not allow an upset child to remain in the theater to disturb others.  Constantly be aware of your child's behavior.  Do not get absorbed in the movie and forget your responsibilities.
  • Most movie theaters offer booster seats for very young children so that they will be able to see better.