I used to love going to the movies. In fact, I still do. I just don't get to visit a movie theater very often. You see, when you're kid-free seeing a movie doesn’t require much thought or planning. But when you’re a parent, suddenly the price goes up, the film options go down, and a million things can go wrong. Still, I’m enjoying turning my son into a movie fan, too. And if you’re getting ready to take your little one to the theater, know there are ways you can make your kid’s first movie theater experience great. No, really. It is possible.
These tips' success rate might vary depending on when you decide to start taking your rugrat to the theater. I’ve had friends who decided to take their babies to a big screen flick just weeks after the were born. Me? Well, I waited a long while. My son had a rough start to life and, simply put, I was paranoid about germs and taking my son out in public. He was also skittish about loud sounds, so I knew he wasn’t the sort that would enjoy being in a dark, loud room for hours at a time. At least not until I could explain to him that what was transpiring on screen was not, in fact, real.
These tips can be used for most kids, though, and no matter what age you decided to start turning them into a cinephile. So with that in mind, here's how you can take your kids to the movie theater and, you know, actually enjoy the experience: