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5 Things to Avoid when Taking Kids to a Cinema

15 June 2023

Taking kids to the cinema can be a fun experience, but there are some things to avoid if you want to make sure it's a good time for everyone. Here are five things to consider when taking kids to see a movie.

Toilet breaks

One of the most common issues for parents is when their child needs to use the toilet during the movie. Not only does it disrupt the film, but it may also mean having to take the entire family out of the screening. To avoid this problem, take your little ones to the toilet before the movie starts and ensure they don't drink too much during the film. If you think you’re going to have to take them during the film, try to book seats near the aisle so you don’t disturb others.

Fizzy drinks

When you take your kids to the cinema, you want them to have a good time. But one thing you don't want is for them to be struggling to sit still and stay quiet when they’re hyped up on caffeine and sugar. The large sizes cinema drinks tend to be dispensed in may also mean you miss some of the film taking them to the toilet. So next time you're at the cinema, ditch the sugary drinks and opt for water or fruit juice instead. Your child (and the rest of the audience) will thank you for it.

Sugary treats

The wall of pick’n’mix found at many cinemas can be very tempting for kids, but try to steer them away from it. Not only will the sugar make them more energetic and disruptive during the movie, but it can also cause hyperactivity and attention problems in some children. If you're looking for a healthier alternative, try offering popcorn or fruit. These snacks are lower in sugar and calories and won't leave your children feeling jittery and wired. Plus, they're still tasty enough to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Disrupting other moviegoers

Taking young children to the cinema can be challenging, as they may become disruptive and disturb other moviegoers. There are a few things you can do to try and avoid this. First, it is important to choose a movie that is suitable for your child's age group. A film that doesn't grab their attention will lead to restlessness. Try to arrive early so you can secure seats near the front of the screen and by the aisle. This will help minimise disruptions if your child needs to get up or move around during the movie.

Picking the wrong movie

It’s essential to pick the right movie when you’ve got kids with you. Picking the wrong movie can lead to restlessness, boredom, and even crying. Not only is this a waste of your time and money, but it can also ruin the cinematic experience for everyone else in the cinema. Some children’s movies are PG rated, meaning there may be some scenes that could frighten young children. Check the parental guides online or ask friends for recommendations. 

There are a few things to avoid when taking kids to the cinema, such as toilet breaks, fizzy drinks, sugary treats, and disruptive behaviour. Choosing the right movie and taking some simple precautions can help ensure that everyone has a good time.

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