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How to Survive the Cinema with a 2 Year Old

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Last week I made the absolutely crazy decision to join my sister and her little ones at the cinema. Not just me though. Me and my two. The cinema with a 3 year old and just turned 2 year old. 

I was mad right?

But much to my relief, it was actually rather successful! Armed with all the popcorn, comforters and even more snacks, we made it through the whole of Sing (a 108 minute long film), with two year old Parker only getting restless in the last 20ish minutes.

So what would my tips be for cinema-ing with toddlers? 

  • Look out for specific children's movie screenings. Our local cinema is an Odeon, and during the holidays and at the weekends they show 'Odeon Kids' films in the mornings. And the best thing about them is that tickets cost just £2.50 each - including adults!

  • TAKE ALL THE SNACKS. Okay, so Parker pretty much resembled a piece of popcorn by the time the film ended, but the cinema is a treat right? 

  • If your little one has a comforter / dummy make sure it's packed! Parker always snuggles up when he has his dummy and muzzie, so it was a great help in keeping him in his seat. 

  • Go with friends / family! Parker spent a lot of time snuggling on my sister's lap, and it made the whole experience a whole lot easier as I wasn't completely on my own!

I also asked my fellow bloggers for their top tips, and as always they came up with some brilliant ones! I especially agree with the one about the toilet.. we ended up missing the end of the film as I had to take both littles to the loo.

  • I always try and arrive after the adverts have finished as they last so long and usually by the time the film starts, my kids are fidgety. If I get there when the film starts they are still captivated - Kerry

  • Trial at home first! If they sit through a movie at home, they will LOVE the cinema - Alex

  • We sat at the end of an aisle so we could escape if needed - Lisa

  • Sit where it's easy to nip to the loo! No matter how many times you ask before hand, they will still get fidgety and want to go! - Jodie

  • We took lots of drinks and snacks and sat near the back so if he was fidgety or stood up it wouldn't bother anyone - Lindsay

Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'll be heading to the cinema every week with them. But it's definitely given me the confidence that it is manageable. And actually, it quite fun too!

Have you taken your toddler to the cinema? Any top tips?

The Siblings Project | August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

I am soo glad the sun finally made a return these last few weeks. Indiana and Parker are definitely happier when out and about, and it's made the summer holidays much more enjoyable. We've had some lovely days out and plenty of snuggly days at home too. They are still as thick as thieves, and I even got asked if they were twins this month! Although if it wasn't for the height difference, I could totally see it.

We celebrated Parker's birthday this month, which means these two have been siblings for a whole two years now... crazy! I remember bringing Parker home from the hospital, wondering how Indie was going to react to her new baby brother.

And now here they are two years on. Sitting together playing, giggling away when they should be going to sleep and most definitely working together to see how much they can wind their dad and I up. Monkeys.

They're also just a few months away from welcoming a third into their duo. And I think as the weeks go on, I become more worried about how the dynamics are going to change. Of course right now they're smothering my bump in kisses, and constantly talking about their baby sister. Ooh yes, it's another girly if you haven't seen our announcement! But are they ready to let another in? I hope so!

There's just a few more weeks of the holidays left, and then Indie's back to preschool three days a week. I know she most definitely needs the routine back, and I could do with the break too! I just hope that their relationship doesn't take a step back when she's not home everyday. I think Parker's really going to miss her.

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful