I love the cinema, and not just because I like watching films.
There is something very exciting about it, something that makes it feel like a secret treat, perhaps because of the sitting in the dark aspect. If I’m having a quiet week, I sometimes go to the cinema by myself at lunchtime with a selection of snacks from Marks & Spencer. Often I am the only person in the whole place and I escape for two whole hours, all other thoughts banished from my brain by the surround sound.
In fact in the past I have seriously considered moving house just to be near a Cineworld so that I could get one of their unlimited cards. True story. I would use the crap out of one of those things.
I also really like taking Bee and Belle to the cinema and over the years the cinema has played a key role in supporting my personal parenting style.
These are just a few of the reasons I like taking my children to the cinema:
- It takes up two whole hours of the day, which is a lot if you’re at the end of your tether. It’s especially useful at around 4pm; that time of the day when quite frankly you are done but there are still at least three hours before you can legitimately make your children go to bed.
- Popcorn is delicious and wholesome and alongside a fruit shoot and bag of raisins definitely counts as a balanced meal, so you can avoid having to cook dinner.
- It gets your child used to the idea of sitting quietly in one place for a long period of time, which is an invaluable transferable skill.
- It’s fantastic for a hangover. Not only do you get to sit in the dark for the morning, potentially having a little snooze, but cinemas often offer cheap family tickets on Saturday and Sunday mornings – clearly they have a parent who doesn’t mind the odd G&T on their marketing team. Double win.
Do you enjoy taking your children to the cinema?