Let’s face it, not only is going to the movies one of America’s favorite pastimes, it’s almost a sacred ritual. These days you can order not only your tickets, but even your seat online. There are now theaters that will allow you to order cocktails and full, gourmet meals. Some theaters are beginning to provide reclining seats, plush leather seats, even love seats. In any case, no matter what theater you go to, there’s always a big to-do made about texting and silencing your phone. So how do people respond to crying, bouncing, and/or chatty children in the theater? Not very well. If you’re in the process of introducing your children to America’s favorite pastime, there are a few things you need to consider before leaving the house. Here are five helpful tips for taking your child on their first trip to the movies.
- Choose your movie wisely. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t take your child to any movie with gratuitous sex or violence, but you also want to consider any unique phobias that your child may have. For example, if your child has had a traumatic experience with dogs in the past, you want to avoid any movies that involve dogs, particularly if they are in 3D.
- Bring your own snacks. Most people, especially kids, tend to love the snacks that are served at the movie theater. However, the problem is that most of those snacks have very high sugar content, which tends to spike one’s energy and then send it crashing like a kamikaze airplane. This can often lead to hyper bouncing and chatting, followed by emotional fits of distress. So if you have snacks that are a bit healthier and calming to your children, be sure to bring them with you.
- Bring your own 3D glasses. If you are taking your kids to see a 3D movie, it’s very likely that their heads are not yet large enough for the plastic 3D glasses that the movie theater provides. You can prevent a lot of fussing by ordering your own paper 3D glasses from American Paper Optics.
- Talk about etiquette. Before you walk into the theater it’s important to have a discussion with your kids about theater etiquette. They need to know exactly what kinds of behavior will be tolerated by the people sitting around them, and which specific behaviors will lead the whole family to the exit door.
- Offer incentives for good behavior. If your child is like most children, he or she will promise to follow all of the rules you set beforehand because they know that this is the key to getting what they want. Yet, that doesn’t mean that they will live up to their promises once the lights are off and the film is rolling. If you want to ensure that they will behave properly from beginning to end, offer an incentive like an ice cream or a trip to the park after the movie is over.