Do you have any tips for a toddler’s first cinema screening ? The other day, I decided to take my daughter to the cinema to watch a kids movie (obviously!). I found the whole experience quite enjoyable as I sat with Alex and daddy, chomping on popcorn and cackling at the funny movie bits.
I became a bit concerned that I was laughing a little bit too loudly so looked to my left at the couple a few seats away from me. They were stony-faced and unmoving. I know this because I snuck quite a few glances their way. The male even had his arms crossed! It was only when returning from a bathroom trip with Alex that I noticed that the woman was pregnant. Poor woman, I thought to myself. This is probably her first time visiting the cinema in a parental capacity. She probably wasn’t prepared for how different things would be.
This then got me thinking about my first time with a child at the cinema. I too didn’t know what to expect. It’s not like you’re handed rules with every child child cinema ticket. So, to spare other parents from being taken by surprise, I’ve taken it upon myself to write a blog post on what to expect when visiting the cinema with your child for the first time.
Tips For Toddler’s First Cinema Trip: Buy your tickets online
This one’s obvious, I hear you say. You’d think so but take a look around next time you go to the cinema. I bet you my chicken dinner that you’ll still see people queuing up to purchase tickets like it was 1999. Do you really want to be in that queue with a toddler in tow that’s just spotted ice cream and sweets..? My guess is that you don’t so buy before you get there.
Toddler cinema screenings
Cinema outings can be quite chaotic if it’s a blockbuster movie that’s just been released. If this doesn’t sound appealing then you could consider Vue Mini Mornings. Mini Mornings are run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am, plus every day in the school holidays. Tickets cost £2.49 for both Adults and child. Cineworld does something similar but at £2.50 per ticket.
Buggies/ Prams are permitted…
…Inside the cinema screen rooms. If the thought of hanging around the cinema gallery with a child out of their buggy brings you out in hives then you’ll be pleased to know that buggies and prams are permitted both in the gallery and inside the rooms. You’ll most likely have leave them quite close to the entrance but it’s the same thing with some baby classes and groups.
Child snacks are available
Snacks for children are available at around £3.95 (Odeon) and contain a small box of popcorn, a mini bag of sweets, and a drink, usually Fruit Shoot or water. If the price is a little bit too expensive for you then by all means, take your child in starving or bring something purchased outside. Both options are also welcomed.
The cinema may not be busy
Unless you’re taking your child to watch the latest kids blockbuster, I doubt very much that your local cinema will be packed with mini cinema goers. This is a win for parents because it gives the room more of a relaxed feel. So relaxed that the below happens:
Expect boisterous behaviour
Kids love being in a room with a big screen, watching their favourite characters in action. This, of course, means that they may get a little loud at certain times. You may even overhear them asking their parents questions regarding the film. Babies may cry and toddlers may be rushed to the bathroom. Your own child may decide that they’ve had enough of sitting down and want to wander around near your seats. All the above is fine to do as there won’t be anybody scorning. After all, they’re in the same boat as you!
Your child’s first cinema trip shouldn’t be daunting now that you’ve got this handy guide. If you’ve got any more, feel free to comment below!