Help your munchkin master the matinee with these tips for cinema trips, plus get advice on choosing toddler movies your child will love.
Is your small fry ready for a feature film? Maybe, if he’s approaching age three. That’s when most children can pay attention for (almost) long enough and have a big enough vocabulary to understand the dialogue and plot. That said, it’ll probably take your tot a few theater trips to get the hang of it, thanks to the many new things he’ll encounter on this big kid's day out — namely, the large, dark space and having to whisper and stay sitting still for a long time. But with a bit of planning and a bundle of patience, your little one can flourish into a film fan. Here’s what you need to know:
MOVIES WITH TODDLERS — WHEN TO GOLook for theaters that host “Mommy-and-me” movies just for parents and their young children, so the rest of the audience will be extra understanding of your movie-maven-in-training. Otherwise, aim for mid-week daytime showings of kids' movies so you’re likely to be in the company of other mom-and-toddler duos instead of less tolerant older kids and adults.
BEFORE YOU GO TO THE MOVIES WITH A TODDLER