When you become a parent there are some things, which like it or not, you must bid a fond farewell. Things like wearing white clothing, peeing with the door closed or washing your hair more than once a week!
Let’s be honest, it’s a pretty extensive list. Somewhere between sleeping alone and holding an adult conversation is visiting the cinema. You’ll notice that it isn’t up at the top of the list – with sneezing without peeing – because unlike your bladder control it’s something which you won’t have to say goodbye to forever!
Before Rory was born we used to go to the cinema most weeks, sometimes several times in the same week. Although it’s still our go-to date night, understandably we’ve been considerably less since becoming parents. While Ryan looks forward to the day he can take Rory to the gym (insert eye roll emoji here) and I look forward to the day he can wipe his own ass. One thing we both couldn’t wait for was our first family trip to the cinema!
At home, Rory’s attention span is poor to say the least. Anything longer than an episode of Peppa Pig and you can bet his interest will fade. Excitement aside, as you can imagine I was initially pretty hesitant to take the plunge. Nobody wants to be responsible for the child who throws a tantrum mid-movie. But after a little gentle persuasion from a few friends, we decided to give it go.
Our film of choice was Peter Rabbit, which in hindsight was a pretty brave film for a first timer. There were a few occasions (basically any scene without a Rabbitt) where Rory lost interest. Thankfully we had enough snacks to keep him occupied while we diverted his attention back to the movie. That said he was a little superstar so we’ll definitely be going again very soon, perhaps we’ll opt for something more animated next time!
If like us you’re sitting on the fence, desperate to see the latest PG blockbuster (apparently it’s frowned upon to take small infants to see a horror movie – regardless of whether or not you cover their eyes during the scary bits #thatswhatmymumusedtodo) take a look at my top ten tips on acing your toddlers first cinema trip – courtesy of these amazing bloggers!
1. Choose a film you know they will love – We went to see Finding Dory and he lost interest in the first 20 minutes because he didn’t know the story. Next time we chose Peppa Pig and he sat glued until the end! ~ Gail Yammy Mommy
2. Try to pick a special kid’s screening – The tickets are usually cheaper, and it’s full of children so if yours are making a bit of noise it doesn’t matter too much! ~ Emily Emily and Indiana
3. Book online – Nobody want’s to wait in a long queue to be served, especially not an impatient toddler! ~ Kelly SmallHouseBigTrip
4. Go to the supermarket – Let your child choose their own sweets and drinks. It’s much cheaper and they have a far better choice. This will save you money and help keep them occupied. ~ Pete House Hold Money Saving
5. Pee first! – Make them use the toilet just before the movie starts. They’ll probably still need to go during the movie but at least you can say you’ve tried! ~ Folakemi Peakcockscanfly
6. Timing is key – Get there when the film is about to start so you skip all the adverts & trailers. My toddler would never manage to sit still for that amount of time plus the film! ~ Lauren Sophie’s Nursery
7. Get isle seats – We always get seats near the edge so we can leave if we have to, and if they make a noise it’s less disruptive if they’re on the end of a row ~ Sara-Jayne Keep up with the Jones Family
8. Don’t open the food and drink too early – Most kids will eat everything before the trailers start and spend the entire duration of the film moaning that their hungry ~ Beth Twinderelmo
9. Snacks, snacks and more snacks – Not sure if we’ve been clear enough, BRING LOTS OF SNACKS! ~ Karen Monkey-feet
10. Bring a small blanket – Both my little ones hate being cold but also hate lots of clothes. A blanket helps them to relax and keeps them warm ~ Suzanne Sofa Stories
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