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My husband and I loved to go to the movies before we had kids, but once we had our first son we realized that these somewhat frequent trips the movies probably going to be less! We still go to an occasional movie, but now the first question I ask my husband is, “Are you sure it’s going to keep me awake!?” Now a days I have a very hard time making it through a late night movie unless it’s something that will really hold my attention.
Just recently, we have begun taking our boys to the movies… definitely not as relaxing, but so much fun! My husband and I love to watch their faces when they see their favorite characters on “the huge T.V.” and how excited they get to give their ticket to the worker. I love how having kids has brought back an appreciation for all the little things in life, that we as adults so often overlook. We learn new tricks each time we take our boys to the movie theatre and hope that some of these tips make your next visit a fun, relaxing time for the WHOLE family!
1. If You are Taking More Than One Child, Take More Than One Adult!
Your child is bound to have to visit the bathroom at least once during the movie, and the last thing you are going to want to do it leave your other children alone, or take the whole crew to the bathroom each time someone has to go! Having two adults allows one adult to take a child to the bathroom and one adult to stay behind with the other children.
2. Ask About a Booster Seat for Little Ones or Lightweight Children!
Movie Theatre chairs tend to ‘sandwich up’ on little ones or lightweight children every time they move around, so be sure to ask at the ticket counter where you can locate a booster seat for your child(ren). This can be very frustrating for both the child and the adult! Talk up how excited you are for them to sit in a really tall chair and make it fun.
3. Bring or Be Prepared to Buy Snacks!
Lets face it we all love snacks, and kids are no exception. Start a tradition of always buying the same types of treats, bring their favorite snacks from home if you are allowed, or let them pick out a snack at the concession stand. Whatever you decide, inform your children before you go as how you are going to handle snacks. This can help prevent any concession stand meltdowns and also build excitement.
We recently received tons of Smurf Gummi Candies from Haribo in preparation for the highly anticipated Smurfs 2 movie. What a fun treat to take with you to watch the Smurf 2 movie!
4. Dress Comfortably and Bring a Jacket!
From someone who is always cold, I have learned this tip the hard way so many times. Movie Theaters are typically always chilly (in my opinion). I always take a lightweight sweater or jacket for everyone in my family… even my husband! Sometimes we all wear them, and sometimes it’s just me, but we are always prepared!
5. Go to a Matinee (Afternoon) Movie; Not During Nap Time!
Afternoon movies are perfect for kids! They are sometimes less expensive, have less people, and the crowd is typically much more kid- friendly. As many of us remember well, couples on dates go to the movies in the evenings and typically don’t like (nor will smile) at a cute screaming child. We typically plan to go after our kids take a nap so they aren’t grouchy, but are still mellow from their naps, this is also when they typically eat an afternoon snack. It works great! Another reason I love matinees, is because I can typically be sure our kids won’t be the only kids in the theatre… there will be others talking (without an inside voice), and laughing (at the top of their lungs), and asking questions to no avail! I love being in the company of other parents; they are so much more patient!
*If you need to take an infant and can’t find a babysitter, go during their nap time! Take them in a carseat, and sit on an aisle. A dark theatre is perfect for nursing if you have to and or bring along a bottle! Taking an infant is actually much easier than taking a child sometimes… haha
6. Prepare Your Kids for the Movie!
Talk it up! Get them excited about the movie you plan to see! If you are going to see a sequel, then be sure to show them the others at home before you go so they can follow the story. Talk to them about the theme: ask them questions, ask them to make predictions as to what will happen, watch other shows similar, play movie theatre at home! One of the best things indicators as to how your child will do in the theatre is to watch movies together as a family at home!
We recently watched the Smurfs movie at home and ate Haribo’s NEW Smurf Gummi Candies in preparation for watching Smurfs 2 in the theatre! Our boys invited some of their neighbor friends over and we had our own little movie theatre complete with snacks and drinks! It was such a fun way to prepare for a new movie they wanted to see but had never seen the prequel.
Check out more of Haribo’s fun themed candies for your next movie on their Facebook or on Twitter @HariboUSA!