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I recently took all three of my kids to check out Finding Dory and when I posted a picture about it to Instagram I got a lot of comments from moms saying they really wanted to take their kids but they were hesitate because they weren’t sure how their kids would do.
This was Isabella’s second (full length) trip to the movies and our very first with Giovanni (and since then we have gone again, this time to see The Secret Life of Pets.) I’m not a pro by any means, but I do feel like I am able to offer a few tips to help you get through your first experience smoothly!
1. Choose your movie wisely. Make sure the movie you are taking your kids to see is something they are actually interested in and something they want to see. This sounds like a no brainer but its easy to go with the thought that just because the movie you choose is a cartoon their kids will want to see it.
2. Timing is everything. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT plan a movie date during nap time! This is imperative. We all know our kids get a little cranky once nap time rolls around and although the movies might seem like a fun environment that will keep your kids awake and happy, it is not always the case. So far the morning seems to be the best time of day for us. We aim for the first or second showings. Not only are they less likely to be crowded, its also the happiest time of day for my kids.
3. Do NOT use a third party (such as Fandango) to purchase tickets. I recently made this mistake. We decided we were going to test out my theory about timing and gambled with a late afternoon movie. Needless to say, we ended up walking out within the first 10 minutes. When I asked the ticket master about a refund he graciously said they absolutely would and sent me to the front counter. Unfortunately when they realized I had purchased through Fandango, they told me they couldn’t issue a refund and directed me to call Fandango directly. After 10 minutes on hold someone finally told me that they only issue a refund (or exchange) if you call them ten minutes prior to the start of the movie time. I will never again use Fandango and unfortunately had to learn the hard way.
4. Skip the previews. We attempted to take Isabella to her first movie over a year ago and we got there so early that by the time the movie started, she was completely over it. Don’t make this mistake! I know we are all usually programed to get to the theater early to make sure we get the best seats possible, but trust me, this is the one exception; which brings me to my next point.
5. Sit in the front. No, I don’t mean sit in the very first row – though, if you have a little one who likes to get up and move around a bit, its not a bad idea. Have you seen how much room there is up front? Its HUGE! Plenty of room for your little babe to get up and walk/run around. Worried they will be a distraction? Don’t be. Your toddler isn’t quite tall enough to distract others from viewing the big screen. Usually theaters have two sections of seats, the front seating area with anywhere from 5-10 rows of seats and then the main seating area with more than double that. I typically like to sit in the bottom row of the main seating area – its always worked out perfectly for us.
6. Bring your own snacks. Most people do this anyway but I’m actually not referring to your candy bars… Pack some fruit, dry cereal or maybe a couple cookies. I know my kids are always snacking so this is something I regularly pack for them anyway. I also bring our own Nuby water cups.
7. Headphones. If your children are not use to loud noises (or don’t like them) I highly recommend the use of headphones… especially if you are bringing your baby along for the ride. Now that my youngest is a little older he no longer requires them during the movie but I still bring them along in case he decides to nap so that he can sleep soundly during all the ruckus on the big screen.
8. Have a blanket or a sweater handy. It can get chilly in the theater! I can recall first hand being so cold that I wanted to leave in the middle of a movie. I always make sure to bring Giovanni’s blanket with us anyway but I try to make sure to have an extra one handy for Isabella (or at least a sweater) just in case.
9. Don’t have big expectations. Hope for the best but prepare for the worse… that is the best motto when it comes to trying new things with your kids. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work out the first time you try the theater.. just go ahead and get your refund and try again at a later time. No biggie!
10. Enjoy it! So its working out for you and your kids are loving the movies? Enjoy it! Have fun, relax, snap a few pictures of the kids without them realizing it. Your kids are growing up fast and you will want to remember how amazed they were during their first trip.
I hope these 10 tips help prepare you for a new and fun adventure at the movies with your kids!
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