How Young is Too Young to Go to The Movies? My Experience With 2 year Olds…
So my twins are 2 years old. They understand commands and correction and are basically pretty good in the outside world. My husband and I decided that maybe we should take them to a kid’s movie.
We went to see The Pirates! Band of Misfits one Sunday afternoon. See, they love Chicken Run and Flushed Away, both the same clay animation or “Wallace & Grommit” style. Since we knew that The Pirates! was made by the creators of Flushed Away we figured it would be kid-friendly. We were right about that, there were no scary things in it and it was all fluffy pirate fun. But I’m not here to talk about the movie, I’m talking about my 2 year olds at the theater.
We wanted to do the whole shebang – popcorn, “soda” (well, milk in a soda cup), etc. We wanted the experience of their first movie theater visit to be memorable. As memorable as it can be for a couple of two year olds! And of course memorable for us.
I have to say the overall experience was pretty good. The movie was about an hour and a half long, just a little longer than what they are used to sitting through at home. They did get a little bored in the middle so mommy had to whip out the iPhone and let them play a shapes game. I also had to take Dylan out once – but only because I needed to use the restroom and he screamed bloody murder if I left his sight. But we didn’t have to leave the theater completely, nor did we bug others there. In fact, the theater was relatively empty since it was the first showing of the day. THAT’S the way to go!
I feel like we did it at a good time in the twins’ lives. But it’s more so how you think your child will behave and react to that giant screen over age. Luckily Riley & Dylan weren’t afraid of the big screen – they were actually enamored by it at first. I loved seeing that sense of “WOOOOOWWWW!” in their eyes when they saw it for the first time. They loved the popcorn (mommy pulled off the kernels and gave them the fluffy parts). They were happy as we shuffled out of the theater with the few other parents and kids. So all in all? Success!! And they found another movie I think we need to take them to see…