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When Will You Take Your Toddler To The Movies?

movie theaterI love the movies, although I rarely go now that I’m a mom. This past weekend I was able to escape with a friend to see The Ides of March, the first first-run movie I’ve seen in eons. I enjoyed myself immensely.

When I left I thought about how Shnook is finally getting close to an age that I feel is appropriate to take him to the movies.  When he was a baby, I used to take him to the mommy movies, but once he got too squirmy, I had to stop that.  But, those were movies for me, not him.

I know lots of other kids his age have already gone to the movies several times, which would explain why all their toys are from movies. When they play with Woody and Buzz, Shnook just pretends he knows what the hell is going on.

I really want his first movie-going experience to be special. I want to see the right movie and I want him to remember it fondly. I know, that’s asking a lot considering most people don’t remember much about being three, but I definitely have some memories from that age, so it’s possible if he has a good experience, (or a really bad one) that he’ll remember it.

The problem is that I have no idea what the heck is playing now for adults, let alone for kids. I see billboards all over the place (I do live in Hollywood, after all) and can guess that a film might be good for a three-year-old, but really, I have no idea. The holidays are coming, there must be something good out there aimed at little ones.  I saw an ad for Puss-N-Boots which looked appealing, but it’s in 3-D. To me, that seems like overkill for the first time at the theater when you’re only three.

So, I’d love some advice on this issue. If you have gone to the movies with your toddler, which one did you start with, and did you do any kind of preparation for the experience? What movie did you see? How did it go?

Am I over-thinking this?

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