Going to the cinema with young children, great films at great prices.

So over the cold, wet winter months, we’ve started taking our daughters to the cinema at the weekend for special children’s screenings of big movies. Usually a few months after they first get released.

Previously we’ve always been worried that our three year old wouldn’t have the patience to sit still through an entire movie, but at £3 a ticket it was worth trying. She and her five year old sister both really enjoyed it. So far we’ve seen Despicable me 3, the re-release of frozen, with Olaf’s christmas adventure and Paddington 2. All the films were great fun and at £12 for a family it’s a cheap morning out.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the films that they are showing and how close they have been added as a kids movie to their actual release date. I believe the current film doing the rounds is Ferdinand and that was only in the cinemas just before christmas.

The children love going as it’s a different experience for them than watching a film at home and they love getting popcorn and other treat (we usually sneak them in from the supermarket).

If you want to see what children’s films are showing at your local cinema then you can use the following links. These films are usually shown at around 10am at the weekend, but they also often have showings during school holidays.

I would definitely recommend the cinema as a great day out on a cold, wet weekend morning.

 

 

 

Crotec Wagon review; an essential piece of equipment for a long day out.

When we booked to go to Disneyland Paris for Christmas last year we were a little worried about how the children would cope with all the walking. Especially as our hotel, the Cheyenne, was a 20 minute walk from the park entrance. A double buggy was too bulky and also wouldn’t have been used much once we got back. So after some research we decided to buy a Crotec Wagon.

This turned out to be one of the best decisions we made. Not only could the girls hop in and hop out of the wagon we were also able to store all our bags with snacks, drinks, etc in the wagon as well. It was extremely easy to pull along and didn’t take any more effort than pulling a buggy. It was also invaluable on the day that my youngest wasn’t feeling well. She was able to have a proper lie down and sleep in it which enabled the rest of us to still enjoy the park. We secured the wagon by putting a bicycle lock through the wheels.

It also folds really flat so didn’t take up much space in the car at all.

Girls enjoying the view from their Crotec Wagon

There are cheaper Wagons and carts available, but the majority don’t specify they can be used for children. I think that the quality of the Crotec is really good and it has survived the battering of a 5 and 3 year old really well. We bought ours from Amazon, but I believe it’s now also available at Argos.