Deciding to take a family trip to the movies can become confusing, complicated and stressful. However, if you take the time to plan out in detail the entire trip, it can quickly change from a disaster story to an inspirational, triumph against the odds tale for the ages. Here are some simple tips to ensure that you and the kids can all enjoy a day out at the movies.
Choose a movie the whole family will enjoy and an appropriate time of day
This is the most important step of all. If you take toddlers to an R-rated movie, chances are that they won't like it. Instead, it might be best to discuss all of the appropriate options with the rest of your family before making the decision. The best option will likely be an animated film, G-rated comedy or action-adventure movie. It is also a good idea to avoid taking young children to late-night screenings as they will likely fall asleep. Opt for a matinee instead.
Buy tickets in advance.
Chances are that, if you're reading this, you'll know how to find out the information you need on the Internet. So why not use that know-how to cut/paste the line-ups at the box office and reserve your tickets in advance? Check out the theatre's website. If it is part of a large chain, you will be able to book tickets online. If it is a smaller or independent cinema, you may have to call the box office. You should be able to find the phone number on the website.
Buy snacks in advance.
We all know that movie theatres make a huge chunk of change from their vastly overpriced concession stands. The mark-ups at concession stands are among the highest found anywhere for cheap soda and popcorn. Instead, buy your snacks at the grocery store and save yourself a small fortune as well as allowing you to skip the lengthy line-up. If you are health-conscious, you may wish to consider taking a piece of fruit or some vegetables with you. Also, it might be an idea to take small juice boxes to avoid unwanted trips to the washroom.
Lay out some ground rules
Explain to your kids in advance that they have to be respectful of the other patrons in the cinema. Tell them that they should stay quiet and remain in their seats without disturbing other people.
Take a last minute trip to the washroom and grab an aisle seat if possible
Taking the kids to the washroom immediately before the movie starts will help avoid missing any of the film. However, grabbing an aisle seat will allow you to avoid disturbing other patrons should you have to take a trip to the washroom with one of the kids.
Plan for one of you to take a restless child out of the theatre
If you have young children, it is important to consider that they may become restless during the movie. In case of such an occurrence, plan in advance with your partner which one of you will take the child from the theatre into the foyer until they have calmed down.
While these tips will not help to solve all of the problems a family trip to the movies might entail, they will certainly set you on the right path to enjoying an outing with your loved ones.