Mama M Tries: Hoyts Mums & Bubs session

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The Mums & Bubs sessions at the movies have been on my radar for quite a while now; with other mums I know venturing out and watching films with their little ones. I was a bit hesitant – CJ is an incredibly active wee cookie and I didn’t know how he would cope with being in one room for two hours. I love myself a good movie, however, and was a bit sad to have missed out on a few I really wanted to see (like Divergent) earlier this year. On Sunday we were at a baby-shower for three hours and CJ coped with being in the same place for three hours with only a couple of minor meltdowns and I started to think there was a possibility this would work.

The Hoyts website advertises the Mums & Bubs sessions as “a unique child-friendly cinema environment. Films are specially selected (G/PG/M), cinema lights are kept dimmed for feeding, sound levels are closely monitored. And if baby starts crying during the movie – it’s ok!”. It sounded all good! Tying it in with an errand that needed to be done in the Botany Downs area seemed perfect – at only $9 a ticket it was WAY cheaper than shopping and not a huge investment if it all turned pear-shaped and we had to leave.

Leaving home before morning nap, I let CJ sleep in the car. This was a bit of a sneaky move on my part, knowing that if he has a short morning sleep he’ll often have a little “lap nap” while we’re out and about. We arrived about 30 minutes before the movie, true to my usual movie attending type A form. The cinema definitely wasn’t packed but it let CJ get a little acclimatized to the environment so I think it was a good move, at least this time. It also gave me the chance to do a loo stop in advance – not so easy to nip out to the bathroom for a bit with a baby. Hot tip? The female toilets past the ticket checkers have a change table, just in case your little buddy is not as courteous.

The previews were slightly louder than expected and I kept CJ turned towards me during the preview for Dracula Untold (but it looks interesting) – bear this in mind if your wee one is a little bit sensitive. The movie for the week was If I Stay, which I hadn’t actually heard much about but actually quite enjoyed. It was a great opportunity to see one of the girlier flicks that Papa M isn’t so keen on. We got a seat that enabled us to have the stroller right next to us but CJ also loved the opportunity to explore sitting in one of the big people seats!

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How did he go? Pretty awesome! He had a bottle, watched a bit of the film, played with his toys and then when he was a bit scratchy I hauled him onto my knees for a “lap nap”. Thanks to the dimmed lighting he actually slept for an entire hour, waking for the last fifteen minutes of the movie. It was a throughly enjoyable experience for me too, giving me back some of that pre-mum normalcy that we can sometimes miss.

Verdict? Loved it, would recommend and will definitely attend again. I think it will be a semi-regular outing for us until CJ finds his feet and can’t be contained in one spot for too long. Check out whether your local cinema runs Mums & Bubs sessions for a great time out where it truly doesn’t matter if your baby cries.

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3 thoughts on “Mama M Tries: Hoyts Mums & Bubs session

  1. It was so lovely to meet Chase (and you!) at the baby shower.
    He’s such a cutie – and he did do very well for being in the same place for what surely must have felt like forever. Don’t even mention all that loud laughter!

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