Going to the movie theatre is a fun way to get everyone out of the house with kids out of school for the summer. But as we all know, trips to the movies with small children do not always go as planned. From years of babysitting and hearing stories from my mom, I gained a few tips for making trips to the movies with young children successful.
Here are five tips toward fun at the movies for the entire family.
- Choose the right movie
Make sure the movie you’ve chosen is suitable for your children’s ages and the movie isn’t too long. Avoid busier opening days to avoid larger crowds, long lines and more noise.
- Grab an aisle seat and a booster
A quick escape is always easier if you’re in or near an aisle seat. Make it easy on yourself to leave quickly and quietly without climbing over others. Most theatres have booster seats for small children. Just ask at the ticket desk because the goal is to keep your lap child-free for an hour or two!
- Bring your own snacks
For budget-friendly movie, skip the snack bar treats. You’ll save money and be able to limit the inevitable sugar rush that candy brings. As a compromise, grab a family–sized box of popcorn to share and bring the small boxed drinks from home.
- Let everyone know the ground rules
Roll out a few basic rules before you go to the movies. Make sure your children know the rules about being quiet, staying in their seats and not disturbing other movie-goers. Always choose a time of day that suits the family’s routine. If your children are unruly or misbehaving let them know in advance that the consequence is to leave the movie altogether.
- Pre purchase your tickets
Farm Bureau members can save up to $3 a ticket when they buy a bundle of 10 Harkins Theatres tickets online at www.azfb.org. Save your time and buy online.
Go to Harkins.com to see if the Harkins Theatre near you offers their Summer Movie Fun Package and see what movies will be featured this year.
For more information on your member benefits, go to Arizona Farm Bureau’s member benefits page online. You can also now download the Member Benefits app to your smart phone for easy, everyday access to your benefits.