I’ve wanted to do a toddler-friendly cinema screening for ages but could never face the hassle, hell and potential tantrums it could bring.
My friend has been a few times and when we saw the Lego Batman Movie advertised we decided to go. I loved the first Lego Movie and so this was the perfect excuse
for me to go to take the mancub for his first trip to the cinema.
Our local cinema is Showcase Cinema De Lux at Bluewater and every Thursday at 10am they do Baby Pictures. It’s a bargain at £5 per ticker and the cinema has lowered volume, soft lighting and your little cherubs may roam free during the showing.
Sounded amazing to me, and we could book online too. Done.
After nearly dying driving there in Storm Doris (brown trouser moments aplenty) we arrived and I made sure I had lots of food for the mancub and a large Caramel Latte for me.
I’ve learnt that I can just about occupy my small person with copious amounts of food and toy cars – I was hoping this and the new environment would keep him interested for an hour. When will I learn.
The small one was in awe of the bright surroundings and was eager to go in. We sat on the front row and had plenty of space to spread out and for the little ones to do as they pleased. We decided to arrive at about 10:20 so as to miss the bulk of the adverts and trailers and avoid unnecessary boredom related tantrums early on.
The mancub climbed into his seat and he was transfixed, bless him. He loved it. He was quite happy munching away and watching the film, it was a great atmosphere and was nice to know you wouldn’t get kicked out if your kid went bat-shit-cray-cray.
The film itself wasn’t as good as expected; it was a little dark and not really interesting for the kids; I would say its better for school age children and up. This made life a little difficult as it became harder to keep the kids occupied.
About an hour in the kids started to get a little tetchy and bored; food and toy cars were no longer holding their attention and they wanted to run around.
A mum in the same position said “Oh, this is hard work isn’t it”.
I replied “Yes, I wish I’d bought a straitjacket and a strong sedative”.
She looked at me like I had taken a shit on her child’s head and walked away rather quickly. No sense of humour, then…
The floor space in front of the screen became an arena for crazed toddlers on sugar-highs to run around and
wear themselves out have fun and play. My one huge negative is that the screen itself if surrounded by a curtain and a skirt, which was easily lifted up by the small people and incredibly scary to think they could disappear behind there. Surely it should be blocked off or pinned down… it must have been designed by someone who had never met a crazy two year old.
So, in case you have ever wondered what is behind the cinema screen, I can tell you – its dark and essentially hellish to try and locate missing toddlers back there.
All in all, despite the fact it got a little stressful towards the end when the kids got bored, it was a great experience and we enjoyed it so much we are hoping to go back very soon.
We wondered how acceptable it would be to go for a cheeky
bottle glass of wine afterwards…