Nia and I recently started attending Mommy & Me Movie Days at the Regal Potomac Yard Theater in Alexandria. They take place every other Tuesday for the first showing of the day (usually around 1 PM). There is one designated Mommy & Me movie on that day and the movie selection is voted on in advance via an email distribution list (contact Lorien Benson at the theater to get put on it).
I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of this concept before, since it’s pure genius. It’s a well know fact that theaters have a hard time filling their weekday matinee shows. It’s also common knowledge that stay-at-home Moms are always looking for activities to take their babies to that help break up the day. Put that together and you have a win/win for both parties.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for our first visit to the movies. I walk into the theater and immediately notice the ‘stroller parking’ directly below the screen. I turn to look up at the stadium seating and am floored to see 50 Mom & Baby pairs spread out across the rows (carriers and all)! It was quite a sight to behold. Some were nursing, others standing or bouncing a fussy baby on their knee.
Here’s what makes these showtimes special:
- The sound is lowered
- The lights are kept up more than usual
- Your child can make as much noise as they want and no one will bat an eyelash
- You are free to walk around the theater, nurse or stand up and bounce your babe
- And best of all, this is no Disney flick you’re watching – it’s an ADULT movie (and most likely a chick flick). So far we’ve seen The Vow and This Means War
I feel so fortunate that I stumbled upon this and I feel like it’s my public duty to make other Moms aware of it. This is too good to keep secret – and besides – The Hunger Games is one of our March movies!