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Tips for Taking your Toddler to the Movies


Today mommy and I and my big brother went to see Monsters University. Last week we went to see Despicable Me 2 and I can surely tell you that both movies were amazing.

Well actually can I really tell you that? If I'm totally honest I fell asleep within 20 minutes of both movies starting but I did wake up before the end of Monsters University which is something I didn't do for Despicable Me 2. Why do they make the previews so long? I would prefer to get to the movies and go right to the movie. 20 minutes of previews is not my idea of fun.

This obviously is not my first movie visit so today mommy and I want to give you a few tips for talking your toddler to the movies.


Most parents with toddlers prefer the early morning show called the early bird show. We recommend taking your toddler to these showing since other toddlers will be there and other moms will understand when we start fussing or talking. We may have also just gotten up from a nap and will be all fresh and ready to go. Unlike me, I go to sleep at the movies whether I've just had a nap or not. We've also noticed that weekdays are much better than weekends as well.

The bathroom if you're potty training should be your first stop. Make that first potty break so that you're not getting up in the middle of the movie. If your toddler doesn't want to use the bathroom I suggest choosing a seat that's near the aisle so you can make a quick break for it if needed.

If possible skip the concession stand. We know that popcorn smells delicious and so does the other food that's there. Here's the good thing about being with a toddler. More than likely you're going to have a diaper bag. Know what that means? You can bring your own healthier snacks for us to eat. Mommy normally pack my bag with 100% juices and snacks. It's not only healthier for you but it's going to save you some money too. Have you seen the price of popcorn at the movies lately?

Another thing to consider is the rating of the movie. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of G-rated movies available and although most PG-rated movie might be appropriate you may want to read the reviews. Mommy and I have found that visiting IMDB before going to see a movie helps. You don't want any unexpected scares, and that brings us to our final tip.


If your toddler is afraid of the dark then a movie theatre might not be the place you want to go. The theatre becomes dark once the feature starts and that may scare your toddler. You can always wait until the movie comes out on DVD and watch it together at home.


 Well we hope that we've been helpful and if you were looking for spoilers for Monsters University we're sorry to disappoint. Mommy says spoilers aren't nice.


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  1. awww Madison.. thanks to you and your mommy for those lovely tips :) :)

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  2. Love the tips :) Definitely helpful ;)

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. We do try to be helpful every once in a while. :)

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  3. You're outfit is adorable as usual. Your tips are wonderful. Keeping this in mind :)

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    1. Thank you Danielle. We appreciate you taking the time to visit us :) ♥ Madison

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  4. We liked Monsters Inc and Monsters U too. Love your little elmo shirt. :)

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    1. Thank you. I actually watched Monsters Inc and it was pretty good and Monsters University was a great movie as well. So happy you enjoyed it as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. great tips. Candy and popcorn is so expensive.

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    1. Yes candy and popcorn are terribly expensive at the movies. If only we could walk with our own popcorn. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. I took my youngest to movies once. She was just making the "num,num" noise when she was eating popcorn. I got asked to take her out. She wasn't even as loud as some of the older kids that was in the back. Slightly frustrated.

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    1. That was not nice at all. Hopefully you've had better experiences since then. ♥ Madison

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  7. she's precious as can be. Love those red sandles. How was the movie? I'm sure it was good. I loved Monsters Inc.

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    1. The movie was pretty good surprisingly. If you loved Monsters Inc you will definitely love Monsters University. I did a review on my sandals a while back. You can check it out here. :) http://www.growingupmadison.com/2013/05/salt-water-sandals-by-hoy.html ♥ Madison

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  8. Great tips, Madison! I wish I had you around as an advisor when my son was a toddler. He's 14 now, but we can still learn from you.

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    1. hahaha Melissa that just made mommy and my day. A toddler advisor? Who knew. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. Great tips! Emma has been to a few movies but she don't really like the dark :(

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    1. The dark can be very scary to us toddlers. Sometimes its best to just watch the movie at home where you can have all the lights on. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. Thanks Madison! Your tips are practical as ever! Also, I adore your pouty-face!

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    1. Hi Kathryn, mommy says that I need to smile more. What do you think? :) ♥ Madison

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  11. I think it's so cute you fell asleep! But really, it IS a good place to nap. Nice music, dark room, full belly :)

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    1. LOL Stephanie, I guess that's what it is because I always fall asleep. I guess I'll have to stop blaming it on the movie trailers. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. Great tips, Madison. We've been taking our kids to the movies ever since they were babies & they love it.

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    1. I love it too! I might not remember much about the movies but it has been a lot of fun. ♥ Madison

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  13. These are all great tips :) I took my 2 and 5 year old to see Monsters U My 5 year old is a movie Pro my 2 year old is good for most of the movie. I did notice that if he starts to get hyper a quick bathroom break calms him down. the short walk and time away always makes him ready to sit and be good for the rest of the movie :)

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    1. Yay! A little time out is always good. ♥ Madison

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  14. I would like to take my grandchildren to the movies-Ill take those tips into consideration!

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    1. So happy that you'll be able to take your grandchildren to the movies. I know they'll love it. :) ♥ Madison

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  15. Cinema is a good place to take a nap if movie is a bit boring (or very boring), but following the tips will help us to avoid it ;)


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    1. Yes the movies can be boring at times, even the ones at home and I always end up taking naps there. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. All good tips! I had the same thought about the previews running through my mind the last time we went to the movies. Kids lose interest really quickly. There are way too many.

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    1. Yes Courtney, they take up almost as much time as the movie itself. Too many and way too long. Someone agrees with me. Yay! ♥ Madison

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  17. My youngest still doesn't go to the movies because he can not sit still for more than about 2 minutes :) Great tips!

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    1. Surprisingly I behave better than my brothers do. Maybe it's because I sleep through almost the whole movie. :) ♥ Madison

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  18. Great tips - we love going to the movies as a family and mom always smuggles in snacks too!

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    1. It is so much easier bringing in your own snacks. You know what you're eating and its a lot cheaper too. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. Haven't really tried my toddler to bring along for the movies yet since theaters are not that close to us, say 5-hour bus travel? Hhehe. Great that I've read this first before we get to have a visit to the big city where we can watch in the theater, maybe! =)

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    1. 5hrs? That's a really long time to go to the movies. You might be better off just watching it at home. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. I'm not brave enough to try the movies with both of mine!

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    1. They might just surprise you. :) ♥ Madison

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  21. Great tips, especially going potty before the movie! Kids always seem to need to go at the MOST exciting part of the movie! Also, I used to take the portable high chair (the kind that sit on/belt to a kitchen chair) for my little one that couldn't sit still. Put him up higher so he could see better and gave him a tray for his snacks! Unfortunately I didn't think of that little trick until #4 was a baby/toddler!

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    1. Most movie theatres, at least the ones that I've gone to, have had the booster seats for the kids. They just don't come with the tray. That's a good idea if your movie theatre doesn't have them though. Thanks for sharing that tip. :) ♥ Madison

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  22. Great tips. Keeping kids fed is so important.

    In Ontario, they have movies that are specially for babies and young kids. They set-up a diaper table in the theatres, leave the lights on (but low) and no bad glares from other parents when (not if), your kid acts like a kid.

    The only way that kids learn to behave in public is by taking them out in public...

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    1. Oh great to know. We'll be in Canada for Christmas and might just go to one of those movies. That's really nice! :) ♥ Madison

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  23. I do need a spoiler! I loved the first one so much! Love your tips - my daughter is four, so I guess she's technically not a toddler anymore, but we still have our first time at the movies to look forward to with her. And my son is almost a toddler. I have a feeling we're going to need to look at this again and again.

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    1. Hi Tamara, I'm sure that your little ones will do great at the movies. If they can do a wedding, because we saw the pics, then they can do the movies we think. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. Glad to hear you had success with the movie, I didn't take my munchkins to the movies until they were 3 and then we did the 2 dollar theater during the week, Both my kids were 4 before going to an actual full price movie theater, but they both have a hard time sitting still long enough for a movie :-)

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    1. I've been really well behaved according to mommy but wished that we could find a $2 theatre. That would be awesome! :) ♥ Madison

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  25. I really like this website for movies: http://www.kids-in-mind.com/. It's full of spoilers, but it spells out exactly what to expect for each movie. And it rates them based on language, sex & nudity, and violence. You should check it out.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that other site with us. Mommy and I had never heard of that one before. We will definitely be using that one as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  26. Great tips!! I have been contemplating taking my soon to be 3 year old wild child lol!! But you gave some really great tips May just have to try it :) & I completely agree with packing your own snacks for health & wallet lol!!
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    1. oh yes we definitely recommend taking your own snacks. Not only do you know that it's healthy but its going to save you quite a few dollars as well. I'm sure you 3 year old would love it! ♥ Madison

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  27. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing the post on #LOBS!

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  28. These are great tips! We have not braved bringing our 18-month-old to the movies yet, but hope to one day soon. Thanks for linking this up at LOBS!

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    1. You're very welcome Crystal. I hope you'll take him soon. You'll both be surprised at home well behaved we can behave when we're not at home. :) ♥ Madison

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