We bit the bullet. We took all four kids to a movie in the theater. Since some of our friends were going and they invited us to join them, we took the whole fam damily to see Astro Boy.Thankfully it was a matinee on a Sunday so there was not a crowd.
The kids were totally excited at the idea of going to a movie. We stood outside the theater
and did some window shopping and talked at great length about behavioral expectations for the cinema. Yes, Charlotte had a complete meltdown as we took the pictures. The kids were really fired up and I was worried that they would be wiggly and wild once inside the show.
I packed my "diaper bag" full of movie snacks. Since no one wears diapers I used this as a ruse to sneak in our own treats because I am so cheap, or if you prefer; frugal.
I threw in some excess Halloween candy, some Popcorn, Indiana brand Kettle Corn, some Honest Kids juice pouches and plastic cups for serving the popcorn. It would have killed me to buy the snacks there. With two adults and four kids I would need a second mortgage on the house. I am not sure my crew even realized you could actually buy food there, at least for now I dodged that one.
With 9 kids and 6 adults we took up two rows and had a our own section.
Astro Boy was a bit too violent for my taste in kid programming. I have sheltered 4 years old and under in my posse, so movies that depict shooting and killing and fighting are not my parenting style. But honestly, I did not take them to see Astro Boy, I took them to see if they could sit through a movie and enjoy themselves. More than that I wanted to find out if I had enough patience to do movies with them. My experiment proved worthy, because despite the below average show, they behaved beyond my expectations. I distributed food throughout the hour and 45 minutes and they did great. Charlotte needed a little help from her Daddy because she got fidgety and bored but she is still a BABY.
After Astro Boy the adults hung out in the lobby and chit chatted while the 9 kids pretended to play the video and arcade games. It amazed me that they were able to stay busy without actual money for the machines. We managed to set up some future dates for just the grown ups and snap some photos for the blog.
My adventures with Astro Boy were fair. I did not love the movie but I did love watching my children enjoy themselves. That alone was worth the price of admission. My movie review of Astro Boy- not so great, my blog about surviving another multiples milestone, priceless.
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