As parents, it’s inevitable that kid stuff will get in the way of adult stuff. One day a movie is going to come to the big screen that you really want to see and if you don’t have a babysitter all set, then you’ll probably be forced to skip the movie or as a last resort take the kids with you. If you choose the latter, then bringing a tablet computer can help make the night enjoyable for you and the kids.
Depending on the type of movie you plan to watch it’ll probably not be suitable for your little ones, but that shouldn’t stop you from going. Imagine you and your spouse already made plans for a date night to watch a movie that comes to theaters in the next few weeks, but when the time arrives your babysitter flakes and backs out on you. No problem. Dress your kids, pack a blanket, grab your tablet with headphones/earbuds and hit the door.
Whether the movie is rated PG or rated R, doesn’t matter. The goal is the kids will be occupied and entertained watching the movie on the tablet, while you and your significant other cozy up and watch the theater movie. When you arrive at the movies choose a seating section which seems less disturbing to others, preferably the back, but it really doesn’t matter, because the blanket will block any illuminating light from the tablet and the headphones/earbuds will keep any sound from the tablet from disturbing other movie goers.
Make sure you already have your chosen kid-friendly movies preloaded on the tablet, or if you have an awesome data plan, then you can Netflix it, but make certain you choose a movie the kids want to watch. If your kids are like most children, then they’ll want some popcorn, snack and/or drink, so make this purchase before entering the put locker big screen, then when you enter the theater and choose your seat make a tent with the blanket for your child(ren), so they can be in their own world while watching their kid movie on the tablet.
The blanket should be a dark color so it doesn’t let any light through. The tent should also be low enough not to obstruct the view for patrons behind you, if not sitting in the back against the wall. You will definitely need headphones or earbuds so your child(ren) doesn’t disturb other movie watchers with the sound from their kiddie movie.
While watching their movie, the kids wouldn’t even know what is happening in the rated PG or R film. This will give you and your beau a chance to enjoy the theater movie without worrying if the movie is too obscene or objective for the kids.
There are some drawbacks to this solution. First, you’ll have to purchase additional movie tickets, for the kids and they will not actually watch the theater movie, so it may seem like a waste of money, but this solution is for keeping your date night and not allowing the kids tagging along to stop that.
The next drawback is that if you have more than two or three children, then this may not work, because the kids will have to sit next to one another to see the movie on the table, unless you have multiple tablets, plus they will need to share an earbud piece to hear the sound. If you don’t have a dongle for multiple headphone/earbud jacks, then it will be impossible for a third child to hear the movie on one tablet.
Also, if two kids are sharing an earbud piece that means one ear will be uncovered, making it easy for them to hear what’s happening in the theater movie, so you may want to consider and make sure you have noise-canceling headphones with multiple audio jacks, if you have more than one child accompanying you.
In the end, you can make this work and if you’re worried about paying an extra $10 to $30 by bringing the kids, then think of it like this — you’re saving more money than you would if you had to pay a babysitter. If you’re tired of canceling your date or movie nights, because the kids get in the way, then this is a solution made just for you. Now go out there and get your kid tablets all set for the next time you want to catch a movie that hits the theaters. Enjoy yourself, the kids sure will.