Toddlers at the movies

Amanda - posted on 05/23/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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How old is appropriate to take a toddler to the movies?

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Ann - posted on 05/29/2012

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It depends on the child. I see nothing wrong with taking a small child to find out, as long as you leave when he or she is getting out of hand. That's how I found out I won't be taking my 2 year old to the theaters for a long time. Sitting in the theaters with a loud child is extremely rude to everyone else.

My other son sat through his very first one when he was 3. Toy Story 3 had just come out. Then when he was 4 he sat through Transformers 3. Like I said, it just depends and you've got to be willing to walk out of an already paid for movie if you want to try it out.

Katie - posted on 05/29/2012

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try a kids movie first most cinemas have older kid movies with popcorn and a drink during the week in summer for (well ours is $3 a person). and if its that type of movie then people kind of expect kids to laugh and talk some during the kid movies. if you have more than one child have another adult come along so that if your child does not like the movie theater since they are normally pretty dark or if it cuts up to much you can take the child out without making the other child miss the show.

Michelle - posted on 05/27/2012

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I have been taking my daughter before she could walk, some cinemas have babes in arms sessions, (usually during the day) or just take the toddler when you think it will be a quiet period at the cinemas (so not on a weekend or whatnot unless you go early)

Nicky - posted on 05/27/2012

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I took my son to his first movie at 3. We went to see lion king 3D. Of course he didnt keep his 3D glasses on the whole time and was interested in checking out the other things in the theater. But he was very good and it was easier and he was better than I had anticipated. It just depends on your child, if they can sit through a whole movie at home then they can do it in the theater but they may like to check things out as well because its a new experience for them. When we went in I asked my son if he wanted popcorn. He didnt want any but he wanted some candy, so thats what we got. But once we started watching the movie he saw other people eating popcorn and wanted it. I swear we made at least 3 trips to the conssesion stand for snacks..lol I also had to keep explaining to him that he had to whisper because others were trying to watch the movie. For his first time at the movies it wasnt bad. We had a great time. His 2nd movie (Alvin & the chipmunks chipwrecked) went much smoother.

Julie - posted on 05/26/2012

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My three year old barely made it through Winnie the Pooh but I had to keep feeding him skittles. Very sticky!

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Amanda - posted on 05/27/2012

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Thank you everyone. My son has been doing a better job of watching movies at home, but he will get up and 'do' stuff while watching, so I appreciate the feedback. Maybe I will try to take him during the week! I'd better have money for concessions it sounds like! :)

Christina - posted on 05/25/2012

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It depends on the child. For my boys who are very busy, I avoided theatres between the ages of one and three years old. Best to wait for the video, much better than paying for a movie and seeing more of the lobby :(
Around four years old they were able to if not sit still, at least not bother the other people in the theatre. My four year old still fidgets and changes seats, but overall both of us are able to watch the whole movie and not leave the theatre completely frustrated.

Lynda - posted on 05/25/2012

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My son was 3 when he first went to a movie and he loves it. Prior to that he could not really sit still through a movie at home but 3 was the turning point for him. We make sure it is a movie he will like (mostly animated). He loved Cars2, Rio, Winnie the Pooh things like that. Live action he would never get through, even at 5, it bores him. I remember many years ago, I went to see Interview With the Vampire with my then mother-in-law and someone brought a small child with them to that matinee. Needless to say, the child was terrified and they had to leave. I felt so sorry for that child (and I did not have children then). Just make sure the movie is age approriate and as others have said, make sure your little one can sit through the animated movies at home and you should be fine. It's a nice treat for them!

Zoe - posted on 05/25/2012

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I first took my son just before he was 3. i was dreading it but he was ok, and hes now been 3 times, as long as i know he'll want to see it.x

Joy - posted on 05/24/2012

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Not sure if you have them in your area but look into drive-in theatres. We have a couple near us and are great for the younger kids, they usually show a kids movie first and then we have blankets in the back that we lay them down on before the 2nd movie starts. This works great for us having a 2 & 4 yr old as we can completely close the van up if they are screaming so as not to bother other movie goers, we have been doing this since our oldest was an infant. If not then it would depend, if they can sit thru a movie at home yes if not then no and be sure the movie is on par with what they can sit thru at home. I made the mistake of taking my boys to a kid movie (not a cartoon) and they were not able to sit thru it like they do the animated movies they watch at home.

Natassia - posted on 05/24/2012

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I have a 2 yr. old son that loves going to the movie theatre. He sits quitely and eats his popcorn and laughs when his big brother and sisters do, even though he may not totally understand whats going on but he loves to go. We also take him for potty breaks a few times during the movie so he can stretch and talk for a minute.

Amy - posted on 05/23/2012

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I think it depends on the child. If they don't sit through a movie at home I wouldn't take them to a movie in a theater. As a parent I would only go with the intention of leaving if my child was scared, or disrupting the movie for others. With that being said many theaters offer a matinee showing or an early showing for toddlers and there care givers. My son was probably 3 when he saw a movie in the theater for the first time.

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