Well, I have decided to bring my kids to the nearest mall and I wanted to try something new for them.
I took them to the movie house to watch Cinderella.
I was actually hesitant at first. I am sure you are aware that Cinderella 2015 isn’t a cartoon. I felt that it would just bore them to death. My son is 4 years old, while my daughter is 2.
What the heck. I just did it.
3 tickets, 2 small bags of popcorn and 2 small sodas
I thought that was all I needed.
The movie trailers made them laugh. The Frozen Fever (which was a small stint before the movie) made my daughter’s eyes popped! And then, the real deal.
Ok, Cinderella rolling now.
I WAS RIGHT!
After seeing few scenes from the movie, I was already giving both my kids that ‘PLEASE-SIT-DOWN-OR-ELSE’ look. My daughter started going up and down the cinema’s stairs, and my son started to complain and made excuses just to leave.
We ended the show of course, but I brought home some valuable lessons which I’m going to share with you.
Thinking of bringing your toddlers to the movies? Here are some tips from my fresh experience. 🙂
Tip 1. Stick with cartoons or a movie with a lot, and I mean A LOT of visual effects.
Who doesn’t love magic, fairy dust, giants, candies and colorful visual effects? Kids do not actually interpret the whole plot of a movie, most of them are just amazed by the visual effects. I have proven this when Cinderella’s godmother turned the pumpkin into a carriage. That was one of the few times my daughter stayed in her seat.
Tip 2. Choose seats which are near the aisle.
You wouldn’t want to annoy other movie-goers just because you need to stand up every so often because your kids are running around, or wanted to ‘visit’ the restroom.
Tip 3. Prepare some milk.
Pacify them by giving them milk. I was so grateful I had brought two. 🙂 The downside, your kids might doze off.
Tip 4.Buy additional chips.
If they don’t want milk, then popcorn or a bag of chips might be a substitute for now.
Tip 5. Go to the restroom prior movie.
Not just for the kids, right? *wink* If your toddlers are still on diapers, change it first before going inside the movie house.
Tip 8. Prolong your patience.
Otherwise, just wait for few more years to watch another movie, or stick with DVDs for now. 🙂
All in all, the experience wasn’t that bad. It was one of their milestones to watch a movie inside a dark cinema. Perhaps, I’ll just choose a better movie for my toddlers next time. Spongebob maybe? What do you think?
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