Baby and Kid Friendly Movie Theaters Near You!
By, Jenna Klaverweiden, Contributor
Do you want to go to the movies? See a new movie that everyone has been raving about? Or just get out of the house but feel like you can’t with a baby or even young children? Movie theaters can be loud, crowded, and full of an audience expecting peace and quiet for the duration of the movie. Therefore, many parents hesitate on bringing their young children to the theater. Are you worried about your baby crying during the movie? Or it being too dark for you to tend to your baby’s needs? Well worry not, there are plenty of movie theaters in areas near you that are very baby-friendly, many even having exclusive times and showings for baby-friendly movies! In addition, look here for family-fun events for children slightly older! Check these theaters out to find movie theaters that are baby-friendly nationwide, and also theaters exclusive to your town!
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
Many AMC Theaters feature sensory friendly films with four showings a month! During these showings, the lights are kept up, the sound is kept down, and the audience is full of understanding parents—perfect for special needs families or any families in general! These showings take place on the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday, with family-friendly movies showing on Saturday mornings. Check out their site for more information and for a theater near you! https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films
Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal Cinemas, another popular movie theater with many locations, features family fun movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These events are only for the summertime, so catch them while you can! They play two different movies every week (both play on both Tuesday and Wednesday). The films start at 10am and are only $1! See their site here to discover what movie you’ll be seeing next! http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
Those are two major movie theaters that have many different locations nationwide! However, if you’re looking for something a little more personal specified to your area, check out these:
Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland
Angelika Film Institute Pop-Up- Union Market, DC
The Angelika Film Institute Pop Up features a Crybaby Matinee on Wednesdays at Union Market in the city. As they claim, they feature “movies for parents and their babies!” For more information regarding these events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mommy & Me Matinee- Alexandria, VA
The Mommy & Me Matinee at Regal Cinema Potomac Yard Stadium 16 in Alexandria features movies every other Tuesday for only $6.00. Before your even walk into the theater, it is already accommodating with lots of parking, perfect for parents with strollers. Regarding the movie experience, the theater is dimly lit and lower in sound, careful not to disrupt any babies! For more information email email@example.com and be added to a listserv with even more information regarding the movies, synopsis, and more!
Four Mile Movie Series- Alexandria, VA
Come on out to the Four Mile Movies Series, a family friendly event for all ages! This event, on every last Friday of the month for the summer, features movies and other activities for the whole family to enjoy! Movies, like The Goonies and Back to the Future, begin at dusk, but other fun and activities begin at 6pm. For more information about the fun, check it out here: http://www.fourmilemovieseries.com/
Silver Babies- Silver Spring, MD
The Silver Babies program at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring is perfect for parents with young babies! Every Friday morning, come in to see screenings of current films with special accommodations made for babies! With plenty of parking, a dimly lit theater, and a softer volume, babies will be perfectly comfortable while parents can enjoy the movie. And if your baby cries, that’s okay with an audience full of other parents that could be in the same situation! It’s $10 for adults and babies are free, so check it out here http://www.afi.com/silver/films/silverbabies.aspx for more information!
Mommy Movie Mondays- Rockville, MD
Come out to the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland every other Monday for a baby-friendly movie setting! This program is offered to parents with children 12 months or younger, with babysitting offered for children older (for $3.00 per child). Even better, there is stroller parking and a very understanding and crying-friendly audience. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check here: http://www.jccgw.org/event/mommy-movie-monday/.
Movie in the Meadow- Boyds, MD
Check out the Black Hill Visitor Center for free family-friendly movies! Part of Active Montgomery, Movie in the Meadow celebrates summer with free movies under the stars. Get there by 7:30pm with blankets and chairs in tow to prepare for the movie at 8:00pm. For family, friends, and children 6+ months, this is the perfect summer outdoor activity.
Movies on the Potomac- National Harbor, MD
A summer event, Movies on the Potomac, features family movies every Sunday at 6pm. Great for the whole family, this event right on the water features movies such as Cars, Wreck It Ralph, Zootopia, Frozen, Finding Nemo, and more! For more information on this great event, check it out here: http://www.nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac/.
IMAX Theaters at the Pacific Science Center- Seattle, WA
Want to take the kids to see a movie and want them to learn? Check out the IMAX at the Science Center for showing of not only popular films, but also educational films! They take place daily, so go whenever it will fit in your schedule! For more information, contact the Science Center at 206-443-2001 or look here: https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/imax/.
Mommy and Me Movies at Cinemark- Bellevue, WA
Check out this theater at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, WA for movies fit for parents and babies! Showing movies like Now You See Me 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Love and Friendship, this theater provides movies for parents with an environment suitable for babies! For more information call 425-450-9109 or email email@example.com.
Movies at Marymoor Park- Redmond, WA
Check out live performances, movie trivia, food trucks, and more at the Movies at Marymoor Park. Much more than a movie, this event provides food and activities great for kids (and, as a plus, dog-friendly!). This even takes place weekly over the summer from July 6 to August 24 every Wednesday. Entry begins at 6:30 pm so you can prepare for movies like Back to the Future, Jurassic World, and Inside Out! Look here for more information: http://www.epiceap.com/movies-at-marymoor/.
Going Gaga- Bryn Mawr, PA
Check out the Going Gaga event at Bryn Mawr Film Institute with your baby every Wednesday for an early matinee. Perfect for moms and dads with small babies, Going Gaga features the same movies that would play in the evenings, just at adjusted conditions for babies like dimmed lights and lower volumes. Babies are free, crying is okay, and changing tables are provided! To find out when you will be going to this great event, look here: http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/films/gaga.php
Babies on Board- Philadelphia, PA
Taking place every Wednesday at the PFS Roxy Theater, new release movies are shown in an environment suitable for babies! With a lower volume and an understanding audience, these movies are perfect for parents who want to see a movie worry-free! Also, check out Sensory Friendly Sundays at the same theater with movies showing with the lights on, lower volume, and an inclusionary audience. Check out both here: http://filmadelphia.org/nowshowing/.
Ambler Theater- Ambler, PA
Want to mix it up from seeing a movie? Check out this theater for live performances great for kids! With shows such as Snow White and Robin Hood this summer, it is great for young kids! Check it out on Thursdays at 11:00am, with kids under 3 getting in for free! Get more information here: http://amblertheater.org/family.
Alamo Kids Camp- Houston, TX
Check out the Alamo Draft house Houston for a great way to spend your day with a cheap family movie every day! With tickets running from $1.00 to $3.00, there’s no reason not to go! Showing movies such as The Boxtrolls and Babe, this is a great way to get the kids out of the house and have some fun! Check it out here: https://drafthouse.com/houston/news/announcing-alamo-houstons-2016-summer-kids-camp-lineup
Summer Kids Series- Houston, TX
Check this program out for great summer fun for people of all ages! Starting Thursday, June 2 and going until Thursday, August 4, there’s no time to waste to come see some of these great films! Every Thursday at 10:00am come out to Carmike Cinemas to see movies such as Alvin and the Chipmunks- Road Chip, The Croods, Home, and Kung Fu Panda 2. At just $4.00 per ticket which includes admission, a special drink, and popcorn, you can’t miss out! Look here for more information: https://www.carmike.com/tx/yorktown-15-houston-tx/summer-kid-series-2016-p1-thur.
Baby Friendly Matinees- FEIT Theaters
Check out the multiple locations at FEI Theaters (like the Capitol Theater in Arlington and the Somerville Theater in Somerville) for baby friendly matinees! Each location has different times, like Monday afternoon at the Capitol Theater and Thursdays at the Somerville Theater. Regardless of the day, each theater offers a unique experience perfect for parents with babies! With low sound and dim lights, parents are guaranteed to have a movie experience great for babies. For more information for the Capitol Theater, check here, http://capitoltheatreusa.com/tickets-more/, and call 617-625-5700 for information at the Somerville Theater.
Baby and Me Shows- Salem, MA
Check out the Baby and Me Shows at CinemaSalem each Monday morning at 10:00am. This program features showings tailored for moms, dads, nannies, and any infant caretakers. With dim lights, quieter sound, and an accepting audience, this theater is perfect for parents who want to see a film with their babies. There is even changing tables provided. Check it out here, http://www.cinemasalem.com/events/mom-and-baby-show/, or call at 978-744-1400.
Box Office Babies- Brookline, MA
Come out to Coolidge Corner Theater for bi-monthly, baby-friendly screenings of current films. With films shown on the main theater on the first floor, stroller parking in the lobby, and two restrooms with changing tables, this theater ensures that parents have a great and accommodating experience. In addition, the lights are kept slightly up and the volume just a little lower to keep the babies comfortable. Taking place every other Friday at 11:00am for $9 (babies free) it is an experience that parents can’t miss! Look here for more information: http://www.coolidge.org/programs/box-office-babies
Free Friday Flicks- Boston, MA
Come check out the Hatch Shell for Free Friday Flicks, an outdoor movie series with movies every Friday starting at dusk! Featuring films that were huge box office successes, recent and modern classics, this is a great way to spend Friday evening with the family! Featuring movies like Minions, Inside Out, Cinderella, Star Wars, Up!, and more, the kids are guaranteed to love it! Make sure to bring chairs and blankets and check it out here: http://www.celebrateboston.com/free-friday-flicks.htm