If you're a regular reader of this site, you know how much I love going to see movies in a theater. Love it, love it, love it.
But when my daughter was small, I never took her to a film with me, even though she likely would have slept through the whole thing. I was scarred by the experience of a good friend who tripped in the dark while trying to rush out of a theater with her crying baby -- cutting her foot in the process. Not the relaxing trip to the movies I was envisioning!
But now AMC Theatres and The Bump have partnered to offer Bring Your Baby Matinees on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. They promise a "baby-friendly environment" with brighter lights, lower volume and stroller parking. Breastfeeding and crying babies are A-OK, too.
Participating theaters in Illinois are: AMC Barrington 30 in South Barrington, AMC Yorktown 17 in Lombard, AMC River East 21 in Chicago and AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 in Skokie. Regular matinee prices apply.
The series gets underway at noon tomorrow (Tuesday) with a showing of the mega-hit "The Hunger Games." (Just don't tell your child that his or her first movie experience was a film in which kids fight each other to the death.) The scheduled movie for Tuesday, May 1, at noon is "The Lucky One" a romance starring Zac Efron.
Finally, I need to thank my blogger friend Whitney of Rookie Moms for tipping me off about the Bring Your Baby Matinees. Rookie Moms is an awesome site, full of great suggestions and support for moms of newborns through preschoolers. I particularly like the "Rookie Mom Challenges" -- featuring 50 weekly adventures. And hey! No. 9 is "Go to a mom and baby movie, where crying is allowed."
Go West Readers: Did you ever take your baby to a movie? How did it go?