Yesterday my best friend and I took my three and a half year old daughter to see the new release of Disney Planes. This was her first time going to the movies. At first she was doing great and was enjoying the film. She shouted out loud, “Planes!!” “Zoom!” Wow! Check it out!” “Look, airplanes!” After the first twenty minutes of sitting still she started to get antsy and tossed her bag of crackers over the row of seats in front of us. The guy sitting in one of the seats in front of us picked up the bag, handing it to me. I apologized, then put the bag out of her reach.
Fifteen minutes later she gets up out of her seat and wants to squat down on the floor. I picked her up and put her back in her seat, whispering to her to be still and watch the airplanes. I pointed to certain things on the screen, asking her to tell me what they were. This went on for five minutes. She was still again for about another five minutes, then asked me for a drink. Then asked me for her crackers. Ten minutes later she threw the bag of crackers again, except this time she hit the lady who is now sitting in her chair in front of my daughter. I quickly grabbed the bag of crackers and again apologized. I again told my daughter that it was not polite to throw things and put the crackers away, never to be seen for the rest of the movie. The couple finally moved many rows down…far out of my daughter’s throwing distance.
She sat still for about another five minutes, then decided to stand up on her knees to look at the people behind us. I had to help her sit back down and again started asking her what each thing was on the big screen.
To me it seemed that she was enjoying the movie when she was sitting still and watching it, but she also didn’t like the fact that I wanted her to sit still. At what age did you first take your kiddos to the movies?