6 comments on “Taking a Toddler to the Movie Theater

  1. Great list – I held out until my girls were four and two before taking them to the Cinema. I knew they weren’t ready to sit through an entire movie as they generally lost interest watching a DVD at home about 20 or 30 minutes in, before returning to it later – which brings me to one point that should also be considered – for their first trip maybe take them to a short movie if possible. Our first Cinema experience with them was for Peppa Pig and The Golden Boots – a new 15 minute episode which they bulked out by adding some pantomime elements and a few existing episodes which took the whole running time to around 45 minutes. This got them used to the Cinema environment and surroundings and had them looking forward to the next trip.

  2. Great post. Snacks is certainly more important than I expected. My niece started to get antsy about the time the popcorn ran out…

    That Iron Giant story is pretty cute.

    • Thanks Ian. I am now armed with an arsenal of snacks when we go to the movies. And I think it’s so sweet that you take your niece to see movies!

      I was worried The Iron Giant would be too advanced, but my son enjoyed it so much I’m glad we took a chance on it. 🙂

  3. All great points! My son often alters between sitting, standing, and sitting on my lap. I always make sure to get a large popcorn so it can distract him. I just have to remind him to keep his voice down when he asks questions.

    • Popcorn is a great distraction. My son yelled, “Everything is awesome!” a few times when we saw The Lego Movie, his first movie. We’ve discussed quiet movie theater voices since then. 🙂

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