Kid-Friendly Movie-Theater Chains

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It can be difficult to catch a movie when you have children. Luckily, many movie theaters across the country offer special screenings to which parents can bring babies or toddlers. Check with your local theater to see if it offers kid-friendly movie screenings. To get you started, here is a list of five movie theater chains that welcome little ones. Enjoy your show!

Bow Tie CinemasBow Tie Cinemas gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to see first-run movies through its Movies for Moms program. Grown-ups can bring babies and toddlers to the movies without fear of disturbing the audience. During these special presentations, the lights are half dimmed and the sound is slightly lowered. A changing table, a bottle-warming station, and stroller parking are available. Bow Tie Cinemas has theaters in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Check with your local theater to see if Movies for Moms is available there.

Harkins Theatres: Want to see a movie but can’t get a sitter? Various Harkins Theatres locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas offer in-lobby PlayCenters for potty-trained kids ages 3 to 8. The PlayCenters are staffed by trained professionals who will supervise your kids while they play with toys, read books, do arts and crafts, play computer games, and watch kid-friendly movies—all steps away from your auditorium! Kids will also receive complimentary popcorn and water. PlayCenters cost $6 per child. Walk-ups are welcome, but reservations are recommended. Click here for more information.

Pacific Theatres: This chain has eight theaters in the Los Angeles area. Five of them offer Monday Morning Mommy Movies, which are adult-themed films shown at 11 am (or noon at one of the locations) to accommodate parents with infants. Click here for a calendar of upcoming Mommy Movies and a list of the theaters showing them.

Regal Entertainment Group: Every summer, hundreds of Regal Cinemas locations across the country participate in the chain’s Summer Movie Express. The program offers kid-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 am for only $1. The movies are open to children and their parents or caregivers. Information about the 2014 program, including a list of movies and dates, will be available soon at regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express.

Showcase Cinemas: This chain has theaters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island, as well as a few international locations. Starting February 15, nine of those locations will offer My First Movies for toddlers and their caregivers every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday at 10 am. The interactive movies, hosted live by the character Mitten the Kitten, will include singing, dancing, and educational elements. Click here for more information. Thirteen Showcase theaters also offer Baby Pictures on select Thursdays each month at noon, to which parents can bring their infants. These $6 showings include dim lighting, lower movie volume, baby changing stations, and a stroller area. Click here to learn more.

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Jennifer Marino Walters is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in All You, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, and several other magazines and websites. She’s the mom of adorable twin boys and the wife of a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Though she and her family recently moved from the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Southern California, Jennifer—a New York City native—is a city girl at heart. She writes about her adventures raising twins while navigating the military lifestyle on her blog, www.doubledutytwins.com

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