So you've been dying to get out but the weather isn't great and you don't fancy another round at your local shopping centre, negotiating obstacles with your pram and toddler in tow. So why not catch a flick? Babes in Arms movie sessions have been around for years, but aren't very well publicised so you may not even realise that the cinema down the road welcomes you to special screenings specifically tailored to the needs of mums, dads or carers with their little ones.
Also known as Reel Mums, Mums and Bubs, Bubs Club and Baby Movies; the sessions vary from cinema to cinema but generally run mid-week in the mornings and offer a similar service. Dim lighting, as opposed to complete darkness, means you can see what you are doing when trying to rummage through your nappy bag and the sound is also turned down to a baby-friendly level. Some cinemas will include cake with tea and coffee to enjoy before the movie as part of the ticket price, so if you are going with a friend or mothers' group it's a great opportunity to get the gossip out of the way before the movie starts.
While the Babes in Arms sessions are fantastic for stay at home mums who are looking to get out of the house and enjoy some entertainment, I need to stress that if you are hoping for some peace and quiet, this might not be exactly what you are looking for. For some sessions you may get lucky and score a quiet movie with a few little docile angels, but for others you may get screaming toddlers running up and down the aisles. We like to call it the Babes in Arms lottery, but in any case most parents have the uncanny ability to screen-out any unwanted noises and just focus on the movie, plus you don't have to feel bad if it's your baby kicking up a fuss one week.
With a mixture of kids and feature movies available, I recommend checking on-line to see what is showing in advance, so you can pick something you will enjoy. Admission costs for adults are heavily reduced, varying from $8-$11 depending on your cinema of choice and kids under three are generally free, so it's a relatively cheap morning out.
Below is a list of cinemas offering regular Babes in Arms sessions, if your local cinema isn't part of these groups you may wish to check with them individually. If you have the time, it's definitely worth giving the Babes in Arms sessions a go. It's also a great opportunity to see the odd chick-flick while your partner is at work.