screen, loud music, cartoon buddies; all of it is amusing to the kids except
that they must stay seated for a period of time. First movie with your child
can be a not so amazing but a memorable event if planned well.
thing that makes parents anxious is -Is my child ready? Most kids watch their
first theatre-movie around the age of 3 or 4. However it is you who can
determine whether your child is ready. Some of you may want to wait until the
child is little bit older especially if the child is scared of dark or the loud
Here are some
tips to make your child's first movie theater experience an enjoyable one.
Choose your movie wisely: Toddlers have a very less attention
span. Making them sit still for upto 2 hours could be challenging unless it is
something interesting. Choose a movie
with a comprehensible story line, dialect and that which lengths between 1-2
hours minus the previews which can leave your child confused. It is suggested
to skip the ads as they are of fast pace and too complex for the child to
Schedule it right: It’s preferable to plan a movie during
day time when kids are generally active and not sleepy/tired.
Give instructions: If your child is old enough, brief him/her
about the theater etiquettes – no standing up, no running in between and no disturbing
those seated in the front line or sideways.
Pack snacks: Carry some toddler-friendly snacks that
can be fed to the child while watching movie. It will make their movie-time
even more enjoyable when they have a big candy, buttered popcorns and other treats.
Having a vast supply of snacks to nosh on will keep the kids absorbed in the
movie for that long.
Seat placement: Choose seats near the exit so you can
move in and out freely for toilets or to buy snacks or may be whenever your
child gets restless you can take a short walk in the passageway and return.
Be ready for questions: Your preschooler will be curious to
know or rather to understand what’s going on in the movie. Don’t make them wait
until the end because that will ruin their experience. Keep answering their
questions throughout and also convey your surprise at events during the movie.
Just make sure, you do the conversation at a low-tone so you don’t disturb
Accept emotions: Don’t be embarrassed or get anxious of
your child’s overwhelmed reactions. Kids are expected to get too sad on an
event and even start crying or laugh out loud at different events.
Be prepared to
move out if required: Don’t expect your child to sit through the entire movie.
If he/she feels like quitting then take them out of there. You can try taking
him/her out for a short break and returning back to resume the movie.
If you don’t
succeed in the first attempt, try again another time!