Do it! It never hurts to give anything a try!
When I had the twins, everyone said my life was over. They told me I wouldn’t be able to leave the house never mind do all the things Cam (my oldest) and I were used to doing. I was determined to prove them wrong. I think you can do anything (ok, ok, ALMOST anything) with babies if you are prepared enough. One of the things Cam and I loved doing pre-babies was hitting a matinée movie. Here’s how we survived with twins (15 months) in tow:
- Think Cheap.
The last thing you want to do is spend 30$ to only make it through the previews! Regal Cinemas has a summer movie program (May-July) where they show $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can find the showtimes and list of participating theaters: here. I thought Trolls would be the perfect tester movie with all the bright colors and music. It cost $2 for all of us to see the film (2 and under are free), plus $10.00 for popcorn and a drink. This way, if we had to leave – I wouldn’t be caught up with all the money I spent.
2. Be Realistic.
I prepped Cam on the way there, telling him we were doing an experiment, and that it might fail miserably. He knew going in that we might not be able to stay for the film. It helped that he had already seen Trolls, so I knew he wouldn’t be too disappointed if we had to make a beeline for the exit. Unless your baby is less than 6 months, I’d avoid nap time. It seems unrealistic that a baby will be able to go to sleep and stay asleep during a loud and bright film. The last thing you want is a tired baby that needs to sit still and quiet.
3. Get there early. (But not too early!)
There is a fine line between being there with time to set up and your kids being restless before the film starts because they’ve already been sitting for 20 minutes. You don’t want to be walking in after the film starts and scrambling for seats. We were there about 5 minutes pre-previews and that was enough time to find seats together, and off to the side and out of the way. By the time I had everyone seated with snacks, it was showtime.
4. Bring on the Snacks!
I had oodles and oodles of snacks for the littles. I bought a pop-corn to share and slipped some of the babies favorites treats into their diaper bag. You’d be amazed how long a child will sit and eat popcorn and m&m’s. I also spaced out the snacks. I wouldn’t bring something new out until someone was starting to squirm. I also had favorite blankets in tow for some cuddles.
5. Don’t be afraid to take breaks.
I intentionally didn’t attempt a long movie. Trolls is about 1.5 hours. The babies lasted about 45 minutes before they needed to stretch their legs. Cam is 7 and we live in a pretty small town, so I felt comfortable leaving him in the theater while I stepped into the hall to let the twins release some energy. They ran up and down the hallway for about 10 minutes before we went back in. I got another 15-20 minutes of movie time before they expired. Because there was only about 10 minutes left in the film I let Cam finish the movie while we waited in the hallway.
If you only make it for an hour, then thats a good start! If you have to leave early, don’t consider that a fail –not all adventures go according to plan. But be encouraged you made it out of the house and tried something new. I’m a firm believer you make flexible kids by being flexible yourself. Throw your expectations out the window and enjoy the ride.