I have been taking Mr 4 to the cinema since he was a few months old and we’ve encountered a few hiccups along the way. Overall he is a gem to take to the cinema though and it’s one of my favourite activities to do with him.
Here are my tips for making a trip to the cinema that little bit more smooth.
- If you are unsure how they will react to the cinema environment, head to a Babes in Arms screening first. The sound is turned down and the lights are left on so you can still what you are doing if you need to get up. An added bonus is that the tickets are cheaper than a normal session.
- We have started sitting in the first row as you go up the stairs. It’s perfectly in line with the screen and no one can sit in front of your little one, blocking their view. You can also make a quick exit if they start to get restless.
- Make use of the booster seats available. These have been an absolute blessing when we go to the movies as they have a cup holder and a little place to put popcorn too. If your little on is a bit older, some cinemas do have cushions too.
- Buy your tickets online. This is a great tip even if you aren’t going with the kids, it means that you can jump the queue and don’t have to worry about getting to the cinema only to find out that the session is booked out. It also cuts down on time spent inline trying to entertain excited kids.
- Buy one popcorn and bring little containers to distribute between kids. I learned this one the hard way. Little hands and big popcorn containers do not mix. As hard as they try, there will be the inevitable spillage and having their own little containers helps to cut down on the chance of it happening.
Do you take your kids to the cinema? What are your tips to help make it an enjoyable experience?
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