We were brave (or maybe crazy) enough to bring our almost three-year-old to see the new The Grinch movie in theaters. We were really nervous about it, mainly because we weren’t sure Aiden would sit for the whole movie. Ultimately, we figured it was a kid’s movie and there would be kids there so worst case if he couldn’t sit through the movie we could take him out for a break. It actually went well and Aiden loved the movie! In case you have been going back and forth on bringing a toddler to see The Grinch I thought I would share some tips on what worked for us.
Aiden was so well behaved during the movie. He sat through the whole movie without needing to take a break. The only minor issue was that he talked a little bit loudly during some parts, but we just told him that he had to whisper because other people were trying to enjoy the movie. I don’t think he really disrupted anyone’s experience though.
The movie was really cute. It is a bright, light version of The Grinch which was perfect for a toddler. It still keeps true to the classic story but portrays The Grinch as misunderstood and in the end, he clearly learns a lesson.
Here are my tips for bringing your toddler to see The Grinch:
- Go early — We went to the first showing of the day. We figured it wouldn’t be as busy early in the morning, and it would be mainly children in attendance. We also went on a weekday. If you have the ability to go on a weekday you are definitely avoiding the crowds and most adults who might be bothered by children will be at work.
- Avoid nap or tired time — Another advantage to going early in the morning was that Aiden was well rested. Typically when he gets tired is when we have a cranky toddler who might not be willing to sit still for 1.5 hours.
- Bring/buy snacks — We bought popcorn which kept Aiden well fed and also had a few backup snacks ready just in case! We didn’t want a hangry toddler on our hands.
- Ensure the movie is under two hours — We’ve found that Aiden can sit and watch a movie for about 45 minutes to an hour, so we weren’t sure how he would do at the theaters. I think since the screen was so big and the theater was dark the animation kept him entertained for the full movie. I wouldn’t try to do a movie much longer than this one though!
- Make sure the movie is toddler appropriate — If you’ve seen the live action The Grinch, you probably know it’s a darker version of the story. I would not take Aiden to see something like that. This version of The Grinch portrays a softer Grinch and he is animated in a way that doesn’t make him very scary or imposing. I think that makes a big difference!
I think this is a perfect first movie for a toddler and it definitely built my confidence to take him to the movies again in the future. It’s a movie the whole family will love and is a great way to enjoy the holidays.
Have you ever taken your toddler to the movie theater? Have you seen The Grinch? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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