How to Keep Your Kids Happy in a Movie

How to Keep Your Kids Happy in a MovieDo you want to go to a movie? Do you have kids who have never been? If so, you may be concerned about keeping them happy. This is especially true during the lulls in the action – such as the previews.

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 The good news is, you don’t have to avoid the movies altogether. There are some helpful tips you can use to ensure everyone has a great time.

Let Your Kids Know What to Expect

For children who have never been to the movies, make sure you tell them what to expect. Let them know the theater will be full of other people and that the lights will go out when the movie begins. Also, reassure them you will be right there the entire time if they need anything. In many cases, just letting your kids know what to expect can alleviate some of the anxiety of doing something new.

Buy them Popcorn and Candy

Getting through the previews is easier when your kids have something to occupy their time. Let your kids pick out candy and popcorn at the concession stand. This will give you a bit of a break from having to entertain them as well.

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Tag-Team Bathroom Trips

No one wants to spend their entire time at the movie going back and forth to the bathroom. However, with kids each one of them is going to have to go at some point. The best thing you can do is have someone with you (your spouse, family member or friend) you can take turns with. This way neither of you miss too much of what is going on.

Get Your Kids Excited

Do you know what movie you are planning to see? If so, get them excited about it ahead of time. This may require a bit of research on your part. Let them know about the action scenes and songs they will hear. This is a great way to get them ready to watch the whole thing.

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Going to the movies should be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. If you prepare and use the tips here, even your kids can have a great time.

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  • I have taken my 4 year old to see a handful of movies at this point and the one thing I can say is if they aren’t interested or excited to see the movie before you go, then don’t bother. Kids like to know what is coming.

  • Elizabeth O.

    It’s really important that you set expectations and give them a heads up. These are good tips!

  • It really depends on your child’s age but it’s good to be ready. Talking to them about the movie will really help. It’s also important to have all those snacks!

  • kelly reci

    very nice tips! we are about to have a movie night! ill surely remember this tips! thanks!

  • Great tips! We were just discussing taking our son to a movie. We aren’t sure if he will sit through the whole thing, but these tips will definitely help. We might just be able to have a successful movie trip.

  • These are some great ideas! I used to practice some of them when my kids were younger.

  • Great ideas. I’ve only taken 1 child to the movie at a time and never had any problems. Thanks for sharing

  • Our Family World

    These are great tips. When my kids were young, I waited until they were old enough to see a movie they liked in the theater. I did not like them to be freaked out by the dark theater and start to fuss and cry, so I waited until they were around 6 years old.

  • Rosey

    I took my 3 yr old granddaughter to see Smurfs not long ago. She did great! I will def. be filing away this info for the future though. You just never know.