How To Survive The Movies With A Toddler

Thinking about taking your toddler to the movies? I know it’s a scary thought! I waited until my daughter was 2 and a few months to finally rip the Band-Aid off. I was feeling so guilty excluding her every time we went to the movies. It was only a matter of time before I would need to make it happen. I would never know unless I tried.

Lets face it, toddlers can be stressful in a lot of situations. The thought of taking them to the movies where they have to sit for up to 2 hours and be quite is a lot to ask. I had so much anxiety over the very idea. I knew that I had to give my little one the chance to prove me wrong and surprisingly she did.

Now that I have taken my toddler to the movies a few times I have some tips and tricks that will help you survive your movie going experience. Every child is different so take the tips that work best for you. It’s not going to be perfect every time, but at least you are teaching them about going to the movies and how to behave.

Avoid crowds

Weekends tend to be the busiest days for the movies. When taking a toddler to the movies the fewer the people the better. Weekdays are the best days to go but if you can only go on the weekends, pick a time that is least crowded. Usually anytime before noon. I would also suggest avoiding the opening week of a movie as this also tends to be the busiest time.

Avoid Naptime

When choosing a movie time avoid a time that interferes with your child’s nap. No one wants to deal with a cranky child in a theater, especially those who also paid to see the movie. Do yourself and your child a favor and avoid naptime. Going to the earliest showing or after your child’s nap is going to make your movie experience much more enjoyable.


Lets face it toddlers are always hungry! Snacks are a great way to keep them distracted while they watch the movie so they won’t get up and move around. I like to bring a variety of snacks that are easy to eat and not too messy. The key is to bring snacks that aren’t full of sugar. Any candy is a recipe for disaster! I learned the hard way when I took my older daughter to the movies and bought some raisinets. Twenty minutes into the movie she was jumping around and asking if the movie was over yet. Most theaters say there is a no outside food or drink policy but the theaters I have been to didn’t make it an issue.


Just as the snacks I seriously suggest sticking to water and avoiding any sugary sodas or juice drinks. I  bring my kids own little water bottles. That way they can easily help themselves and you don’t have to worry about buying an expensive water from the movies or them spilling it all over. My favorite water bottle is the CamelBak from It will last forever!

Bring A Blanket

My toddler seems to sit better when she is nice and comfortable. If you allow your little one to snuggle up with their favorite blanket it will really help. The movies can sometimes get a little cold so this is another added bonus. Bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy too if it helps them feel safe and secure. Whatever it takes to make sure they are going to stay in their seat as long as possible. This Skip Hop Blanket is perfect because it folds up into a carry case. It can easily be carried by your toddler without them dragging it on the floor. Gross! Also on

Skip The Previews

We all know that the previews before the movie can go on forever. Imagine those extra 15 minutes for a toddler! I suggest showing up a few minutes after the show time to try to avoid some of those previews. Its best if you arrive when the actual movie is about to start that way your toddler doesn’t have the chance to be bored.

Find the perfect seat

As you look for the perfect seat that’s not too close and not too far, try to pick a seat that has no one in front of you and if possible no one in back of you. It is only a matter of time before your little one is out of their seat and hanging over the seat in front of them. If their is no one in front of you than you don’t have to worry about your kid touching the man’s head in front of you because trust me, it will happen.

Enjoy the show!

I hope you enjoy the show! Hopefully these little tips will help you survive your movie experience with your toddler. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know your tips and tricks for taking your little ones to the movies.


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