Watching a movie with your kids can be an unforgettable experience. However, without proper preparation, the presence of children in the cinema can disturb other audiences, you know. So that you and your family can enjoy movies together without any distractions, let's apply the tips below.
Watching movies together can be an opportunity to family time for the family. In addition, this activity can also be a medium of education for children. Through films that are watched together, Mother and Father can provide explanations regarding the contents of the film's story, as well as what lessons can be learned from the film. Children can also laugh and be entertained by watching age-appropriate films.
Tips for Bringing Children to the Cinema
The following are tips for taking children to the cinema:
1. Pay attention to the child's age
Before taking your little one to the cinema, make sure that he is old enough to watch and understand a film. Actually there are no rules regarding when children can be invited to watch movies. However, the age of 2.5–4 years is the age that is considered suitable to start taking your little one to the cinema.
At this age, children are generally able to enjoy a show and understand the storyline. He can sing and hum when he listens to a song from a movie, and patiently watches a movie for more than 1 hour and doesn't move from his seat.
2. Choose the right movie
It is important for parents to choose the right film according to their child's age. Make sure you find out things related to the movie that you will watch together through review movies on the internet.
Even if you choose a cartoon or animation genre, make sure that the scenes in the film are not horror-themed or contain violence or adult scenes that can frighten and confuse your little one. These scenes are not impossible in cartoons, you know, Bun.
In addition, choose films that are not too long, easy to understand, and fun for your little one to watch. If a child can't enjoy and understand a movie, they will get bored more easily and don't feel comfortable sitting for long.
So, stay away from documentaries or history that might interest Mom and Dad. Instead of enjoying the film, children may cry or become more frustrated and annoy other viewers because they can't stand watching the film.
3. Adjust movie viewing schedule
It is important to adjust the schedule for watching movies if you are going to take your baby with you. Watching a movie at the last hour of the cinema screening, aka at night, will usually be quieter for the audience. However, the film will also last until midnight. This schedule is not recommended, because it can interfere with the child's sleep time.
Generally, the ideal bedtime for children aged 2–4 years is 8 or 9 pm. Therefore, make sure you choose a movie schedule in the afternoon or evening, so that your little one can get home before bedtime. In addition, if you are worried that your little one will be noisy and disturb other people, avoid watching schedules on weekends because cinemas tend to be more crowded at this time.
4. Bring your child's favorite snack
Be careful to bring lots of your little one's favorite healthy snacks to anticipate if he gets bored while watching movies. If they are bored and have no other activities, the child can be restless and whining, thus disturbing other spectators.
5. Choose a strategic seat
Since watching a movie at the cinema can take more than 1 hour, children may drink more and make them have to go to the bathroom to urinate.
In order not to get tired of going back and forth to the bathroom, it is advisable to choose a strategic seat, which is near the exit. Besides being easier to go to the bathroom, Mother also doesn't disturb other viewers because they have to go in and out of the cinema room.
However, it is not recommended that you choose a seat near the loudspeaker. The reason is, the sound in the cinema tends to be loud which can actually interfere with the health of the child's sense of hearing.
6. Follow the child's wishes
If your baby is not comfortable lingering in the cinema and asks to go home, obey his wishes. Don't think that you have to watch the movie to the end because you feel like it's a loss for buying expensive tickets. If your little one is forced to keep watching, they are more likely to cry and annoy other viewers.
In addition, the Little One can also be traumatized, you know, Bun. He can remember watching movies as such an unpleasant experience that he doesn't want to go to the cinema anymore.
Watching movies is fun for most adults. However, not all young children can fit in and feel at home with the dark and noisy atmosphere of the cinema. So, think about your little one's comfort, Bun.
Also remember that the cinema is a public place that many other people use. So, try to always follow the rules of the cinema and respect the rights of others while watching.
If your little one can already be invited to discuss, Mother can explain about the film to be watched, how long it will be, and the cinema rules that must be obeyed and why.
Ask him if he agrees with the rules and if he wants to follow them. This can also be a good opportunity for your little one to learn to adjust to public and social regulations.
If the child looks uncomfortable, unwell, or has health complaints after returning from the cinema, invite him to rest. But if the complaint does not improve, immediately check your little one to the doctor, yes, Bun.