At what age would you consider

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Registered: 03-25-2003
At what age would you consider
Mon, 07-19-2004 - 12:56am
dropping your child AND A FRIEND off at movie theater to watch a movie? I know it depends on the situation, kids & even the location. As a child I remember parents used to do this frequently but I am not sure at what age or if the movie theater have any age restrictions. Junior High or around 12 sounds resonable maybe? This just occured to me because DH took my daughter & friend to "A Cinderella Story". It was a movie that neither DH or I wanted to see but the girls LOVED. I would have been nice if we could have dropped them off and then picked them up when the movie was over. I know I have seen small groups of junior high kids at the movies without adults.

I don't think my daughter is ready yet but I am not sure it's out of the horizon. Has any else done this? At what age would you consider it.


Sara & Tim
Diana (Sara 9 yrs, Timothy 5 yrs)

Sara, IVTimothy
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Registered: 05-03-2003
Mon, 07-19-2004 - 10:30am
My DS is 14 and has been going to the movies with at least one friend for about 2 years. DD11 has been with her big brother and some other kids, but not yet with other 11 yr olds. We also know the owners of the movie theater, and DS knows to never leave the theater untill the movie is over when I pick him up outside.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Mon, 07-19-2004 - 1:04pm

I think there are a lot of factors to consider:

  1. trustworthiness of the child(ren) involved

  2. perceived safety of the surroundings

  3. type of movie

  4. parental comfort level

Taking these factors into account, I don't see me dropping Sean off with or without a friend until well past 12.

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Registered: 08-20-2003
Mon, 07-19-2004 - 4:15pm
My DD was allowed to do this when she was 9 for the first time I belive.

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Mon, 07-19-2004 - 4:28pm
Funny you should mention "A Cinderella Story"!

We (2 moms)took three girls (ages 10, 11, 11) last Friday and could not live with the thought of seeing that movie. Therefore we decided we would go to see the movie in a "multiplex" so that we could see another movie in the same building. This is something we have done before, and it works out very well!

My own rules are:

a) All kids must go to the bathroom (with us) before the movie starts. No child should go to the bathroom during the movie, as I think more could happen in a quiet bathroom area than in a crowded theater. If there's an emergency, the ENTIRE group must go together!

b) Kids must wait for parents at a predetermined meeting place after the movie (preferably right next to the concession stand)

c) Kids should know what theater the parents are in and where it is located so that they can find us if need be!


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Registered: 06-10-2004
Mon, 07-19-2004 - 7:11pm
I have an 11 yr old. All i have to say is "oh lord". This is only because i have already seen what a teen-ager is all about!!!! I also remember what i was like! He is so turning into the man he is supposed to be. It is so wierd to go from mommie and daddie everything to, i do not want them at all. It is so hard especially to know that it is only going to get worse. That sounds negative but, it will happen. Hang in there, stay tuff, and, remeber that they still need you even if it does not seem like it! They d0 know who loves them.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Tue, 07-20-2004 - 1:15pm
Hello, hello!!

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Registered: 07-27-2004
Thu, 07-29-2004 - 4:07am
My daughter is 11.5

I JUST started allowing her to do this. I drop her off and pick her up at the door. I tell her she is NOT ALLOWED outside the theatre and they go to the washroom, get candy TOGETHER!

It also depends on how big the theatre is.We have a small community theatre. Now my daughter wants to go to see a concert with big sis!!!!!!!

I dont know what I am going to do!

Take care