Been wondering whether to take a toddler to the cinema? DON’T!

Molly is 2 and a half now, and has recently begun to take more interest in movies. I have noticed her showing different emotions while watching them, when Anna turns to ice at the end of Frozen for example, but then comes back to life again. Molly comes running to me and hides before jumping around for joy. 

Her favourites at the moment are Mary Poppins, Frozen and Finding Nemo. She has in fact watched Nemo every day for the past 3 weeks. I use the term ‘watched’ loosely, as she’ll watch for 5 minutes but then lose interest and start playing with something. I should have realised this before I booked the cinema tickets.

Following on from her love of Nemo, I thought it would be nice for her to go and see Finding Dory. She has never been to the cinema before, so I booked us a family ticket so as J could participate in this landmark event. Plus I needed back up.

I booked the earliest showing they had (10am) so the cinema was pretty empty. Even though it was morning time we got a big tub of popcorn and I let Molly have a packet of chocolate buttons as a treat (first mistake…don’t load them up with sugar and expect them to sit still for 90 minutes)!

She was quite impressed with the ‘big tv’, but the magic soon wore off after sitting through half hour of bloody previews and adverts! Seriously, they should ban these at kid’s showings. 

She was also too small to sit on the fold down chair properly, it just kept springing back up as she wasn’t heavy enough, which meant she subsequently fell down the gap.

By the time the film actually started she had near enough polished off all her chocolate and was trying to climb over the seats. She didn’t like the popcorn so proceeded to throw it all on the floor and used the tub as a hat. 

After watching snippets of the film, myself and John trying hard to be enthusiastic, she then decided to take her shoes & socks off, and then her nappy! That was my cue to take her to the toilet. 

By the time we came back it was about three quarters of the way through, and I have never wanted a film to end so much in my entire life. 

Molly danced and sang in the aisle for the final duration. Luckily there was only a few other families there, one of which had a toddler younger than Molly who was screaming her head off, so I didn’t feel too bad.

I have no idea what happened in Finding Dory, so couldn’t tell you if it was good or not. We’ll be waiting for the DVD to come out in future, like all sane people do…the cinema is off limits for a good few years yet!


5 thoughts on “Been wondering whether to take a toddler to the cinema? DON’T!

  1. Thanks for this – I’ve been considering taking my 21 month old to the cinema to see finding dory (wouldn’t mind seeing it myself either) – I’ve been looking for special toddler viewings but there aren’t many around us (they don’t have adverts) but I think after reading your post I will leave it til he’s older as I really don’t think he will have the patience to sit and watch a whole film – the longest he watches tv for is 20mins. Thanks for sharing #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. All kids are different aren’t they, my friend’s son who is the same age goes to the cinema every Saturday morning to watch a kids film and he sits through the whole thing! Your lo might surprise you!


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