At what age do you take your kids to the movie theater?

Cassandra - posted on 04/04/2011 ( 108 moms have responded )

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I want to take my son to the movies this summer when Cars 2 comes out in theaters. What age do you think they can handle it and not be a huge distraction to others?

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Brandee - posted on 04/13/2011

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We took our son to see Megamind in the theaters.. We didn't go opening weekend to avoid the large crowd, but he sat quietly and attentively for the entire time.. Did not even need a potty break.. He will be 3 this July.. We did movie night at home first for a couple of weeks watching Toy Story.

Tangie - posted on 04/13/2011

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I started taking my toddler Jaden at the age of 15 months and to my suprise he sat still through the whole movie. He's 3 now and we go to the movies twice a month. I guess it depends on how they act home when you put on a movie they like .

April - posted on 04/13/2011

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Who cares if the child is a distraction? If you go for a matinee, the theatre will be packed full of other little distractions, and if you find you don't want to stay, or are feeling like a distraction, you can leave. You won't know until you try with him how he will respond. If he's good and enjoys it, great! If he's twitchy and wanting to run and causing problems, you can just walk out and then you'll know that maybe you should wait a while before taking him again:)

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2011

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I've been taking my daughters to the movies, restaurants, etc...since they were babies so that they could used to the different environments..now they're 4 and 6 and i cannot complain, so as long as u know that ur child can handle the public...the go for it :)

Kimberly - posted on 04/12/2011

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I would say it all depends on the child. I took my now 4 year old son to the movies for the first time when he was 1. I knew it was something he could handle because I knew his personality. My other sons couldn't go to the movies until they were at least 3 or 4 years old. It depends on what you think your child can handle. If you can't get him to sit through a movie quietly at home, then you may not want to take him to the movies quite yet.

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Julie - posted on 04/13/2011

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PLEASE give your child something to look forward to "when you are older..."
Age 4 is great...
Until then, read to him - and color with him and other things like that.

Kirsten - posted on 04/13/2011

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When my daughter was 2 we wanted to take her to Toy Story 3, so we went to a drive-in movie theatre... I was a great way to see how well she would do in a different environment with a movie going, she did great! Recently, I took her (shes 3 now) to see Tangled at our local "cheap seats"... This time she was more curious about her surroundings & had to go "pee" about 3 times, even though every time I took her to the bathroom she didn't go. Simple 3 year old curiosity! Cheap seats worked great because tickets only cost $1.75, so if she did turn out to be noisy (not that I thought she would, but she is a kid), I didn't mind leaving the movie (different case had it been the normal $7), and I did want the option... After all, people go to watch the movie, not to listen to kids (which we did encounter with the children behind us!)

Nichole - posted on 04/13/2011

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I took my oldest last year when How to Train your dragon was out (he was 3 at the time) and he did great! I just tried taking BOTH of my boys last weekend (2 and 4) and my oldest was great, 2 year old, not so much! After 30 minutes He was over all the junk food I got to keep him busy and wanted to walk up and down the stairs and run down the hall way. I ended up missing a lot of the movie because he wanted to run and I didn't want to make my 4 yr old miss it. I'd say, depending on the kid, 3 might be a good age =)

Angela - posted on 04/13/2011

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I've beening bringing them since they were infants, but remember to bring carseat or use a boost to help maintain control...it also dependson the movie

Raeann - posted on 04/13/2011

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i suggest that they are ready when they will sit at their own home and sit through a whole movie and not talk my daughter is 3 1/2 and is doing this so she does great at the movies.

Kim - posted on 04/13/2011

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If your son loves Cars, then I think it would be OK. My son is almost 2 and he can sit through any of the Toy Story movies without moving or saying a sound!

Maybe trying during the day on a weekday! My sister took my 2 year old nephew on a Monday afternoon and they were the ONLY people in the theater!

Good Luck!

Samantha - posted on 04/13/2011

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we've taken Rhayne since she was a a few months old. we only take her to ones that are geared towards children, and we go to the daytime shows, when the theater is less crowded. This way, if she does make noise, she doesn't bother too many people, and in a movie that is supposed to be for kids, its usually not that big of deal, since all the other kids are talking and making noise too.

Andrea - posted on 04/13/2011

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I have to thank you for caring enough to consider others at the movies. I expect kids will make noise, but it really bothers me when parents bring kids that are really disruptive and don't take them out when they're having a tantrum or something. Our son doesn't watch movies or tv at all (19 months old), and we're definitely waiting until he's at least 3 for theaters to avoid paying $9 for a movie we don't get to see :)

Vanessa - posted on 04/13/2011

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I take my little girl when she was 2 and she was ok thrugh most of the move about a hour in she wasz ready to go. By the end of the movie she was taking of her close so I wuld wait until he is alitte older...

Kaila - posted on 04/13/2011

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ugh some of regal's summer movies are horrible..lol my kids freaked at one of the animal baby movies because the seal got eaten or something like that.. i was like dang.. lol.. and also regal you have to get there super early or you wont get in free.. not worth it for me normally.. lol.. but it can be fun if u get the right movie and time :)

Sarah - posted on 04/13/2011

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My son is a very active 4 year old. I tried to take him to see Gnomeo and Juliet, not a great idea, once his snacks were done he was in and out the whole time I finally decided to leave about 30 minutes before movie was over. He had enough and didn't want to go back in the theatre.

Kristen - posted on 04/13/2011

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Regal Cinemas usually has a free summer family film festival. I don't think they show new releases, but fairly new movies. I'm planning to start with that for my daughter who is 14 months. That way if we have to leave I'm not wasting $20. She doesn't watch any TV or movies at home though, so I don't know if she'll be completely uninterested or totally fascinated. We'll see how it goes!

Wendy - posted on 04/13/2011

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My son is three and i'm goin this summer to see that movie with him ... but he's a very good child when he is somewhere else ... at home he can be a handfull ;)

Nakea - posted on 04/12/2011

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It is a children's movie so I don't think at any age he would be a problem. He is going to be a child and I think most adults cause more problems than children at the movies. Take him early in the day if he is a toddler, if he is a little older like five or six than you can take him a little later in the day. I am sure there will be plenty of other parents there with their children and I would only worry about him having a good time. I am sure he will be an angel. It is those times when you think they will act up or do something out of line that they are angels.

Stacy - posted on 04/12/2011

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i have been taking my girl since she was just over 2 she is 2 and a half now and we go quite often when its a movie like cars the theater is going to be packed with other kids and if its something that interests him he will probly be good! and get him popcorn and treats that usually helps to keep them in there seat too!!!

Rachel - posted on 04/12/2011

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Itook my two kids to a free showing of Polar Express in December and they had just turned 3 and 4 a couple months before. They both did great and thought it was so cool to see it on such a big screen.

Miriam - posted on 04/12/2011

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It depends on the child. My son is 2.5, and although I haven't taken him to the movie theaters yet, I plan on taking him to see Cars 2. My son can already sit through a full length movie at home, such as Peter Pan and various others. I would say if they can sit through a movie at home, they can sit through a movie in the theaters. Just make sure its one that will be interesting to them. Also, if you are taking them for the first time and your nervous about how they might do, go during the week during a day time showing. Not only are prices cheaper for tickets, but there will most likely be fewer people. Hope that helps! :)

Victoria Beaton - posted on 04/12/2011

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My husband took our eldest daughter to the movies just after she turned 3, they saw Ice Age 3. He said she was really well behaved.....he also made sue there was plenty if coke and popcorn! I'm taking her to the movies next week (our first time together) to see the Easter movie 'Hop'...can't wait :-)

Reeva - posted on 04/12/2011

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I took my daughter a few weeks ago she loved it!!!, She was so amazing however I was the one who had issues the movie was sooo boring....lol

Wendy - posted on 04/12/2011

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I took my oldest son at 4 he has ADHD so we waited a little longer, he did great! My youngest son we took for the first time at 3, and he did great. My kids have both loved the Cars movie and will sit for 90 minutes at home and watch since they have been 18 mos.!!!! I think you should try it and see, I sure you will both enjoy yourselves.

Kaila - posted on 04/12/2011

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ive been taking mine to cinema cafe here in hampton roads, va since they were born.. but thats because its 1.75 during the day and its pretty much moms and thats it.. i still wont take my girls and they are 3 and 4 to a real movie because for 1 it costs too much and 2 they yell at the tv screen i can imagine what theyd do in a theater lol

Trasena - posted on 04/12/2011

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I took my son about 4 weeks before his 2nd birthday and he was good for about an hour... i think i will try again at may 2 1/2 or 3 because we had to leave early...

April - posted on 04/12/2011

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I have been taking my boys to the movies since they were about 2 months old, they are now 1 and 2 and they still do fine at the movies.....depends on the movies and that you have a quick way to the exit if they do get noisy...my one son is not allowed to sit by my husband during movies because he gets to be very naughty and my husband wont remove him from the theatre. so he sits by me where he behaves..LOL

Ashley - posted on 04/12/2011

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if it is a childrens movie, the theatre wiill be full of children, so dont worry too much about him sitting still.

Ashley - posted on 04/12/2011

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my daughter is 16 months and i took her to see dispicable me when it cam out and she sat through the entire thing. she laughed loud, but that was about the only distraction. it isnt the same as watching a movie at home. i say, if he isnt afraid of the dark, he's ready to go.

Angela - posted on 04/12/2011

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If your child makes noise, crys or runs around, he/she is NOT ready for the movie theater. I get so upset when people bring their kids and they are doing 1 or all of the things I previously stated and the parent doesn't take them out of the theater until the child calms down. It's so rude!
I had gone to see Shrek and left my son at home. The people who brought their kids, let them run amuck just because it was a cartoon! If I wanted to listen to a baby cry, I wouldn't have got my mom to watch my son and just stayed home.
They do have days where kids are allowed to see movies and it's acceptable to have them there. Those are the times you can try it out.

Jaclyn - posted on 04/12/2011

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I guess it depends n how old your son is? My son is 4 and i take him to the movies and he is good, but i started taking my son when he was 2 1/2 3 yrs. old and I nver had any probelms. But its up to you to decide weather you think your son is ready or not. You know what your son can hadle and not handle. So in the end its up to you. I hope that helps you.

Brett - posted on 04/12/2011

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I cheat, I get my two year old son his own little popcorn and drink and he just sits there and eats it. It keeps him quiet.

Michelle - posted on 04/12/2011

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I just took both my kids to the movies for the first time last weekend to see HOP they are 4 and 2 they both did really really well I was actually suprised how well they did . I think it helped that they had seen the previews and wanted to go see it and were really into the movie!

Christine - posted on 04/11/2011

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i dont think its the age as much as its the child. i've been to the theaters where there have been small children who have behaved just fine, and 30 year olds who were just a bunch of big noisy brats. just choose a movie that your child will like and that's not too long. (cars 2 sounds great!)
if you still have any worries, just watch your child as he watches a movie at home...does he sit still and quiet for the most part? or does he move around a lot and makes bunches of noise?
have fun with you little one!

Myranda - posted on 04/11/2011

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I take my 4yo to the movies all the time, but only if it is something that is animated the he'll enjoy. I get a small popcorn and let him sit on my lap and munch while he watches. He gets a little loud sometimes, but that's why I wait for the movie to be out for a little bit first. My son is an active little boy and doesn't sit still for anything, but he loves going to the movies with me.

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2011

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My daughter went to her first movie on her 3rd birthday. I think it depends on the attention span of the child, but she was definitely ready by then. i took her to the first showing of the day, so it was almost empty. that way, if she got excited and made noise, no one was offended.

Kati - posted on 04/11/2011

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I took my daughter at age 3 but then my son was only about 20 months. We did the regal cinamas free movies over the summer. he did great. So we have gone to see 3 movies since and he loves it. He is also very good at home sitting and watching a whole movie.

Marli - posted on 04/11/2011

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it really depends on the personality of your son, if he can sit through a movie at home he can most likely do it at the movie theater. I've been taking my daugther to movies since she was born and she is pretty good at paying attention as long as it is a kids' movie. Oh also go early, because I made the mistake one time of going around bed time, and she got really cranky and would not sit still or be quiet, never again!

Jessi - posted on 04/11/2011

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I have taken all 3 of my kids starting from a few weeks old to now. My oldest is 3 and he loves it! He also REALLY likes to eat popcorn and have his drink. That is key, having something they like to distract if they start getting bored. The movie theaters near to us do free movies for kids in the summer. It's a great way to "teach them to go to the movies"! Plus the theather is full of kids so it's okay with the make noise or don't sit still. I think between 18months to 2.5 years old is the hardest cause they are so "busy" and don't want to sit still. You should look and see if the movie theaters near you off that. You could try it out, before Cars 2 comes out in June!!
My son just turned 3 on April 4th and we are DEFINITELY taking him to see Cars 2 when it comes out! He lives and breathes Cars!!!
Good Luck!! I think you should go and just sit near the exit if your worried :)

Heather - posted on 04/11/2011

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Its a kids movie, distractions are practically a garuntee, now if it were not a kids movie this would be a different answer. I have taken mine since they were infants, I usually stick to matinees and if they started acting up or hysterically crying I would take them to the lobby. Good Luck and have fun!

Nicole - posted on 04/11/2011

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We started taking our son just after he turned 2. We kind of based it on if we put a movie in at home does he sit and watch it? Our son did and you have to think there are more distractions at home also. We make sure to take his sippy cup, but buy him some popcorn. LOL We are looking forward to Cars 2 coming out! We (Mom & Dad) are burnt out on Cars & Maters Tales. LOL

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You know your son better than anyone else. How does he behave in other public situations where he is required to be calm and focused. How well would he respond to your instructions on how to behave ahead of time? It might help to make a big deal out of the first time event and say it's for kids who can behave well. Ask him if he's willing and then hold it to it.
One suggestions I have no matter how old a child is, is to check out www.kidsinmind.com This site is outstanding in letting parents know exactly what kids will see. They break down the scenes into 3 categories
sexuality / nudity
violence / gore
profanity
Parents can read about a movie and see if it matches their value system. I have seen many parents use this tool and skip some pg13 movies while allowing rated r ones. Of course your little one isn't there yet. Good luck!

Susan - posted on 04/10/2011

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My husband and I started taking our daughter to movies when she turned 2...the first movie was hard but by the second movie she was well behaved and sat through the entire movie..we've found that it helps if it is a movie that she has shown lots of intrest in...just recently we took her to see Rango and she behaved through the entire movie not once making a sound...I was so proud of her

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Im glad you asked this ive been wanting to kno what the average age was when people began to take their babies to the movies! my baby is 8 months and we have not set foot in a theater the entire time

Erica - posted on 04/10/2011

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my son is 2.5 and we took him to a movie and he sat through the whole thing. that was tangled. we then figured a couple of days later we would go see hop and he would not sit at all. i think it depends on what movie it is. my daughter is 1mo so she dont even make a peep.

Jeanine - posted on 04/10/2011

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Took my 3year old daughter to the movies for the 1st time! She really enjoyed it!

Michele - posted on 04/10/2011

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We want to take our 2 kids too. We have a 5 year old which has been to the movies before and a 2 year old. We plan on taking both and seeing how it goes. We think that since its a kid movie most of the ones there will be kids so it can't be too bad if they talk to loud or get excited. :D I say you will never know because each kid is different so just try it and see!

Ashley - posted on 04/10/2011

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iv been taking my son since 1 and a half, just have to be prepared to leave if they act up first time he lasted half the next all but ten min and has been good since, i only take him to ones i think he will really like.

Dana - posted on 04/10/2011

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my son is 2 about to be 3 in couple wks. his first movie i took him to see was the toy story 3 when it came out last june. so i am gonna say 2 maybe about 3 is the right age. it all depends on the child. always be ready to leave tho so when they do get irritable and tired or sitting there you can just go

Sherrie - posted on 04/10/2011

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I have taken mine a couple of times under 3 but we never made it to the end of the movie. Try finding out if they have mums and bubs movie times at your cinema, its for people with small kids, and they expect the kids to not sit still nor be perfect. It worked for me and others in there also have the same situation with their littlies.

Nicky - posted on 04/09/2011

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just took my little lad today he is 3 in july and he was great for the best part , near the end he got a bit giddy but he was better than i thought !

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2011

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Ive been taking my son since he was an infant he is almost two and LOVES the movies. Some theatres have cry rooms so you don't disturb other movie goers

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Well, I know a mom who did matinees (early morning shows) and took her babies. Literally, car seats and all......... I would never do that. I refuse to go until they can behave themselves. I'm guessing around age 3-5 depending on their development. It's just a personal pet peve my boyfriend and I have about movies. However, usuallly the morning shows not alot of people show up to so who knows? Maybe it wouldnt be an issue at all

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