Going to the movies has always been a special treat for my boys. When I was pregnant with my eldest son “J” – my husband and I went on a BabyMoon and while vacationing went and saw “Walk the Line.” Normally calm with occasional kicks, the baby in my belly would start kicking like crazy whenever one of the Johnny Cash songs in the film would play. My eldest son actually got to watch his first film (one of the XMen movies) at about 2 weeks when we went to one of those Mommy & Baby movie screenings.
Since moving to London – going to the movies as a family has become a pricey affair. We’re big fans of the KIDS AM movies at Vue Cinemas where the movies are £1.50* every Saturday and Sunday morning and every day in school holidays. 3D movies £2.75. It’s the same price for adults and kids so it’s a pretty good deal. The movies are generally a few weeks behind but that’s ok.
A few weeks back as a special treat for my eldest son “J” I took him to see a screening of Brave in 3D. We went to a movie at Fulham Vue cinemas that started a little after noon, we got there about 15 minutes early so we could load up on snacks and find a good seat. When we went into the theater and sat down we were the only ones there. J started to get anxious saying he thought the cinema was scary with no on else in it. I said “don’t worry more people will come,” but they didn’t and he didn’t let up either – and while I did my best to calm his fears, he started to rub off on me!
So while I got him calm and settled to watch the film, I was already scanning the empty theater, noting the emergency exits… As the movie got underway I enjoyed watching the film but kept half an eye peeled on the entrances/exits and kept freaking myself out that someone was touching my hair or hiding behind our seats. So I’d start to lean forward in my seat and he’d ask me to sit back and hold his hand. Intermittently I’d look behind me as I’d really freak myself out – and he’d say “What?! What?! Who’s back there?” and I’d say “No one honey, I just dropped my phone.” Needless to say it wasn’t a relaxing movie. It was however a funny and stunningly visual film – which I’d love to watch another time when I’m not so highly strung. I think we’ll definitely be buying a copy for home.
Each of the previews we saw were for upcoming spooky kids movies that definitely look worth watching. Get ready for Halloween and check out these films and let me know what you think.
ParaNorman - A misunderstood boy, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Frankenweenie – Directed by Tim Burton, in this film Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (this film is mostly black and white)
Hotel Transylvania - Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter
When leaving the theater – we saw the large stand-up cardboard poster for Frankenweenie and J said “Why are all movies in black and white scary ones?” I tried to answer him about how ALL old movies were in black and white but then realized they don’t really play old movies on TV like they did when I was a kid – the ones they do play are the old horror movies – so I guess the kid was kind of right….
While we’ll probably be avoiding empty cinemas for a bit to recover our nerves – going to Kid screenings or Mum & Baby screenings are always fun (and more widely attended!) and are often cheaper – so we’ll be definitely headed out to the cinema again soon.
If you’re looking for Mum & Baby / Kid movie screenings around London here are a few I know of. Feel free to comment and add more.
Vue Cinemas (throughout London and beyond) Kids AM, Saturdays and Sundays and school holidays
Beaufort House, Chelsea does a Baby Cinema on certain Wednesday, check out their Facebook page for event dates
Electric Cinema, Notting Hill - ElectricScream! every Monday (closed until Nov)
Odeon Cinema, locations vary Newbies, every weekday morning
And some further listings on
and a great list by neighborhood on