Baby friendly movie theaters near me


There are many things we sacrifice as new parents: a good night’s sleep, adult conversation, sometimes even showering. But thanks to “Crybaby Matinees,” catching the latest movie doesn’t have to be added to the list. At these midday screenings, you can bring your baby along with you! Hang with other parents, let your little one sleep (or cry) and enjoy the show. Read on for details on two special programs now offered at New Jersey theaters.

Bring Your Baby Matinees

AMC Theatres, in partnership with The Bump, recently launched “Bring Your Baby Matinees” at select AMC locations across the country. On the first Tuesday of every month at noon, new movies will be screened just for parents and their babies, providing a stress-free, baby-friendly experience. Relax, socialize with other parents and treat yourself to the latest flick. There is plenty of parking for strollers, moms are welcome to breastfeed and of course, crying babies are allowed. You’ll finally get the chance to enjoy a movie without fear of being “shushed!”

Mark your calendar for What to Expect When You’re Expecting on Tuesday, June 5th. Inspired by the bestselling book, this star-studded comedy follows five couples as they experience the joys and challenges of parenthood. Or maybe ’80s hair bands are more your speed? Then stay tuned for Rock of Ages on July 3rd, starring Tom Cruise as aging rocker Stacee Jaxx and featuring all the classic ’80s tunes you love!

Bring Your Baby Matinees take place at nine theaters throughout New Jersey (Cherry Hill, Clifton, Eatontown, Elizabeth, Freehold, Hamilton, New Brunswick, Paramus, Rockaway), as well as two New York City locations (Kips Bay and Lincoln Square). Please visit the AMC website to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are full price for adults and admission is free for the babies.

Baby Pictures

“Baby Pictures” is a similar program presented by Showcase Cinemas – join them for the newest releases at select theaters each month. The matinees feature dimmed lighting for easier childcare, lowered volume to protect sensitive baby ears, diaper changing stations and a designated stroller check-in area. Moms love having the run of the theater and bonding with other parents in a fun, laid-back environment. Let your baby bounce on your lap or crawl around – no one will mind a bit.

The majority of participating locations are in New England but there is one NJ theater on the list: Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas. Prior features include chick-flick The Vow, as well as The Hunger Games, and next up is What to Expect When You’re Expecting on 5/24 at 12pm. Please check the Showcase Cinemas website for other available dates. The best part? Admission for Baby Pictures is discounted to only $6. Cha-ching!

Places for parents with babies to go to the movies

When you first become a parent, helpful friends, parenting books and Web sites list certain activities as de rigueur while you’re on maternity leave or beginning your stint at home. In addition to taking bonding-filled parent/child yoga classes and finding a moms or dads group, another oft-recommended outing is a matinee movie screening especially for parents and babies.

Locating a bring-your-baby yoga class is relatively easy. Finding a group of fellow parents sharing children the same age, interests and a Zip code is challenging but rewarding.

But try and track down a theater offering regular movie screenings for parents and babies and you’ll become convinced that these events are an elaborate urban legend.

The concept: Theaters offer daytime screenings of first-run movies and encourage parents and babies to attend. The lights are kept on to facilitate feedings and infant care during the show, and the volume is lowered so as not to startle or over-stimulate little ones. Nursing and bottle feeding during the movie are welcome. And the best yet for new parents? Crying and other baby sounds will earn you sympathetic, rather than annoyed, looks from other parent patrons.

The programs took off in the early 2000s in major metro areas and sported punny names like Rattle and Reel, Reel Moms and Cry Babies. Washington was home to several of these programs. (In 2003, The Washington Post covered a Reel Moms screening at the Rio Cinema in Gaithersburg that was so popular that at least 140 Gracos and Peg-Peregos were lined up in the designated stroller parking.)

Unfortunately, several local theaters that offered the parent-and-baby movies have discontinued the practice. Other theaters offer regular baby-friendly show times, but the programs are not listed on their Web sites or well publicized.

Kristin Gehlhaus, a self-proclaimed “big movie person” from Silver Spring and a mother of two, attended the weekly baby-friendly movie screenings at the Regal Majestic in Silver Spring most Wednesday mornings during her maternity leaves in 2005 and 2008.

“The year my daughter was born, I saw almost all of the Academy Award-nominees for best picture,” she said. “When you have a young baby, this is one of your only chances to see a first-run film right on the big screen.”

Gehlhaus was surprised that the screenings received such little hype. “They don’t advertise the shows very much, and I remember attending a show once and my baby, my aunt and I were the only people in the entire theater,” she said. “That is strange to me; it’s such an ideal opportunity for a parent.”

Thankfully, several theaters and chains are bringing back or revamping their movie-and-baby programs, while others recently have started such series for the first time.

The Rio in Gaithersburg, now a member of the AMC Theatre chain, participates in Bring Your Baby Matinees program that is sponsored by the pregnancy Web site on the first Tuesday of the month. AMC locations in Georgetown, Alexandria, Tysons Corner and Woodbridge are also taking part.

The American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center began Silver Babies in 2011. The program features screenings of two matinees in a baby-friendly environment every other Friday.

“This is a program we have always wanted to offer for patrons. We thought we were kind of late to the game, but it worked out. We’ve enjoyed doing it,” said Todd Hitchcock, the theater’s director of programming. “Attendance has been good; we get a lot of positive feedback from parents.”

Parents with babies may want to take advantage of these events while their children are less than a year old. The movie selections are chosen for parents (think “Braveheart” rather than “Brave”), so once children begin paying attention to the action on-screen the content may not be appropriate.

And while toddlers are welcome at such showings, they may have other ideas. Jill Berry, a Woodbine mother who writes the parenting blog Musings From Me, learned that her 18-month-old son was not interested in a movie date with Mom.

“I guess I missed the bit where you take the infant in the sling who just nurses and falls asleep and you can enjoy the show,” Berry said. “My son sat there and ate his healthy snack, then we moved on to the M&Ms, and then he just wanted to walk up and down the stairs in the back. We lasted all of 40 minutes.”

Although toddlers may balk, one interest group that is welcome and warming to the “movie moms” clubs is fathers. “We are seeing a lot of dads, which is great,” Hitchcock said.

McFadden is a freelance writer and founded her blog, A Parent in Silver Spring, in 2008.

AFI Silver Babies

Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6700.

When: The first two matinees of the day, every other Friday.

Next show: Friday and Aug. 24. Call for showtimes and movie selections or subscribe to the AFI newsletter for weekly updates.

Cost: Adults, $8.50; babies, free. Parent groups can call ahead for a special group rate.

AMC Bring Your Baby Matinees

Where: AMC Loews Georgetown 14, 3111 K St. NW. 202-342-6033.

AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18, 9811 Washingtonian Ctr., Gaithersburg. 301-948-6673.

AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Rd., Alexandria. 703-236-1083.

AMC Potomac Mills 18, 2700 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge. 703-490-5151.

AMC Tysons Corner 16, 7850e Tysons Corner Center, McLean. 703-734-6212.

When: The first Tuesday of the month at about noon; showtimes vary.

Next show: Sept. 4. Go to for the featured movie of the month.

Cost: Adults, regular matinee price (varies by location); babies, free.

Mommy & Me at Regal Cinemas Potomac Yard Stadium 16

Where: 3575 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria. 703-739-4054.

When: The first matinee of the day, every other Tuesday.

Next show: Tuesday and Aug. 28. Call the day before for time and movie information, or
e-mail [email protected] to receive regular updates.

Cost: Adults, $9.50; Babies, free.

Mommy & Me at Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & Imax

Where: 900 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. 301-565-8884.

When: Every Wednesday morning, showtimes vary. Call on Tuesday for movie time and selection.

Cost: Adults, $10; babies, free.

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From The Lion King to Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, there’s plenty of new, exciting releases to take your kids to—including sensory-friendly shows! Check out where to find participating flicks below.

Going to the movies can be a struggle if have a child with special needs. We know dark rooms and loud noises can make for an unpleasant experience. The good news? AMC and Regal Theatres are offering sensory-friendly movie options. During specific showtimes, lights are turned up and sound lowered, allowing kids to get up, dance, sing, shout and express their emotions throughout the movie.

AMC is partnering with the Autism Society to exhibit their sensory-friendly films. On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, AMC will show family-friendly movies and on Tuesday evenings, will designate movies for more mature audiences. Be sure to check your local AMC theatre for participation and showtimes.

Regal’s My Way Matinee program is similar, offering both turned up lights and low sound, allowing for guests to feel comfortable while enjoying some of their favorite movies. All screening times for sensory-friendly movies will be at 10:30 am on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Ticket prices will be discounted as well.

Here’s which AMC and Regal locations are participating in NJ:


Jersey Gardens 20

651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth

Freehold 14

101 Trotters Way, Freehold

Mountainside 10

1021 US-22, Mountainside

New Brunswick 18

17 US-1, New Brunswick

Rockaway 16

363 Mount Hope Ave., Rockaway

Seacourt 10

635 Bay Ave., Seacourt Pavilion, Toms River

Wayne 14

67 Willowbrook Blvd., Wayne

973- 890-0508

Dine-In Essex Green 9

495 Prospect Ave., West Orange



733 Route 72 East

The Incredibles 2 Tickets on Sale Now!

Starting at 7:00PM on Thursday,June 14, Regal L.A. LIVE:A Barco Innovation Center will be playing The Incredibles 2 in RealD 3D, 4DX and standard formats!


See It in The 4DX Incredible Auditorium!

Step into the incredible world in the 4DX auditorium which features motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, mist/rain, scents and more that perfectly synched to the on-screen action. All seats will be specially decorated in The Incredibles 2 seat covers. Free activity books are available at guest services on a first come first serve basis based on availability. Simply ask the guest services representative for the 4DX activity book!


Concessions Offer

Starting June 14th, purchase Regal-exclusive Incredibles 2 Deluxe Combo at participating Regal Cinemas.

Combo includes one 12 oz cup, one 64 oz tub and one premium drink topper.
While supplies last.


Special group discount

Groups of 10 or more can receive $2 off per ticket by calling Chase Patton at 213-212-0725 or emailing


Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children.

Seeing Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is a good idea, but getting some bonus swag or experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events while doing is an even better one. Pre-sale tickets for the animated superhero-family film are now available along with a bunch of extra swag you can pick up in the process.

Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini, Brad Bird‘s Incredibles 2 opens June 15th.

Here’s a breakdown of the various theaters and their special events or giveaways for Incredibles 2:

Image via Fandango

The Incredibles Double Feature in IMAX:

  • On June 13th, Incredibles fans can be among the first to experience “Incredibles 2” and relive “The Incredibles” (shown for the first time ever on IMAX screens) at double-feature fan events. In addition to watching the “Incredibles 2” two days before it opens nationwide, attendees will receive a commemorative mini poster.

IMAX at Regal:

  • On June 14th, the first 1,000 guests who experience Incredibles 2 in IMAX at Regal Cinemas will receive an exclusive collectible ticket. A poster version of the collectible ticket art will be available to IMAX guests in the Regal Crown Club store. Available while supplies last.


  • Fans who see Incredibles 2 in Cinemark XD opening weekend will receive a collectible poster. Available while supplies last. See site for details.

Alamo Drafthouse

  • As part of the advanced ticketing promotion, at Alamo Drafthouse you can add an exclusive Incredibles 2 glass by Mondo to your ticket purchase. Fans also have the chance to purchase a one-of-a-kind sketchbook, both designed by artist Dave Perillo.


  • Each fan buying tickets to Incredibles 2 on Fandango will receive a gift-with-purchase. Guests can choose from one of two posters available in the Fandango FanShop, Fandango’s movie merchandise marketplace, while supplies last. See site for details.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Paradis Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.

And for more of our coverage on Incredibles 2, take a look at the following links:

  • Brad Bird Details ‘Incredibles 2’, Its Timeline, and Brand-New Superheroes
  • New ‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Has Jack-Jack Stealing the Show
  • ‘Incredibles 2’: New Behind-the-Scenes Images from the Superhero Sequel
  • 85 Things We Learned about ‘Incredibles 2’ During Our Day at Pixar
  • New Trailer for ‘Incredibles 2’ Reveals the Sequel’s Supervillain

Image via Disney/Pixar

These Theaters Are Now Offering Sensory-Friendly Movies

If you have children with sensory disorders, autism or any other special needs, you’re most likely aware that a trip to the movies might not be their favorite thing. The dark room, the loud noise — such an outing can more be unpleasant than it is fun.

That’s why AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas are now offering sensory-friendly movie options. Your kids can enjoy a trip to the movies without the negative stimuli they might experience if they were to see a regular movie at the theater.

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AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer the sensory-friendly movies. At the showings, the lights will be turned up while the sound is turned down. Kids can even get up, dance, walk, shout or sing right in the theater. The program will offer family-friendly movies on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. If you have an older child or are an adult with sensory issues, AMC will also show sensory-friendly films for a more mature audience on Tuesday evenings.

Not all AMC theaters are participating in the program, so be sure to check your local theater for showtimes and ticket prices, if available.

Regal Theatres

Regal Cinemas’ My Way Matinee program is similar to AMC’s, allowing everyone to experience a trip to the movies. The lights will be turned up and the volume turned down, which makes it a safe space where guests can express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, talking, or otherwise expressing themselves.

All My Way Matinee screenings begin at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month at participating theaters for a discounted ticket price. Check listings at your local Regal Cinema and contact individual locations to find out how much ticket prices are there.

Are you part of a family who would love to attend a sensory-friendly movie? Or do you know one? Tell them all about it!

Sensory Friendly Movie Theatres Around Tampa Bay

We love all things family-friendly and Sensory Friendly Movies is a great way to help all families in the Tampa Bay area enjoy going to the movies.

The concept of Sensory Friendly Films started in 2007, when a Mom visited a theater chain with her daughter and was asked to leave because her daughter began to flap her hands, dance, twirl and jump up and down the theater.

The Mother then asked an AMC movie theater manager (not the original theater) if they would be willing to set up a special screening for children on the autism spectrum. The idea took off and since then, theaters across the country has embraced Sensory Friendly films.

Sensory Films are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered. Children are free to move around, talk, sing or even dance in the aisles during the movie. However, Sensory Friendly films are not restricted just for those on the Autism spectrum.

If Sensory Friendly movie options seems appropriate for your family, please check out the theatres listed below for their offerings.

1. Cobb Theatres

Movies usually begin at 10 a.m. on select dates.

Tampa Bay Cobb Theatre Locations:
Countryside 12 – Clearwater, FL
Lakeside 18 & IMAX – Lakeland, FL
Grove 16 – Tampa/Wesley Chapel,
Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10 – St. Petersburg, FL

Check out the current schedule for Cobb’s Sensory Friendly Films.

2. AMC Theatres

AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to bring unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you!

AMC has expanded their Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month. Films will be shown on the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.

Family-friendly movies will continue to show Saturdays, starting at 10 am local time. They’ve added Tuesday showings at 7 pm local time to appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

Please check the web links below to confirm movie showings.

Participating AMC Theatre Locations:
AMC The Regency 20– Brandon
AMC Veterans 24– Tampa
AMC Woodlands Square 20 -Oldsmar
AMC Sarasota 12– Sarasota

3. Studio Movie Grill’s Special Needs Screening

Free for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for noon-prices. Studio Movie Grill’s Special Needs Screenings are usually shown at 11 a.m.

SMG Tampa
12332 University Mall Ct
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 241-3800

4. Regal Theatres

The Sensory Friendly Movies usually occur at 10:30 a.m. on select days.

Regal Citrus Park Stadium 20 – Tampa, FL

5. Cinema 6 Movie Theater

9510 US Highway 19
Port Richey, Florida 34668

They have offered Sensory Friendly movies in the past. Please check their Facebook page for upcoming shows.

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    Movies at Dix Park – Incredibles 2! (Super Hero Costume Parade & Contest)

    Rescheduled date- Saturday, August 31st!

    The City of Raleigh is pleased to continue the successful Movies by Dix Park series at Dorothea Dix Park.

    Join us on Saturday, August 31st for “Incredibles 2”!

    6:00 p.m. – Doors Open

    6:30 p.m- Visit with Super Heros!

    7:00 p.m.- Super Hero Costume Parade & Contest- 12 year old and under

    7:30 p.m. – Movie Starts


    If we need to postpone due to inclement weather, we will communicate through Eventbrite ( Please RSVP) and post on the Dix Park Facebook Page.


    The movie will be in Flowers Field. The best park entrances to use are Hunt Drive off of Western Boulevard or Blair Drive off of Centennial Parkway. The address of the field is roughly 2105 Umstead Drive for those who use GPS. Look for signs along Umstead Drive.


    Parking is available in the four parking lots off of Umstead Drive. Due to the high volume of people and limited parking, please carpool if possible. Do not park in the grass – driving on tree roots damages the trees and we want to keep the 150 year old oaks around for as long as possible!

    Food, Restrooms and Dogs

    While we encourage you to enjoy the food trucks, you may also bring your own food and beverages. Beer and wine are permitted, but please be responsible! Bring a blanket or low beach chairs to sit on, so that you don’t obstruct the view for others. A flashlight or a flashlight app on your cell phone may come in handy. There is no drinking water available at the park, and we only have port-a-johns available, so come prepared. Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome, but please use your best judgement to determine if your pooch will enjoy the show!

    Liability Waiver

    By registering for this program, you are agreeing to the following:

    Liability Waiver

    City of Raleigh – Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

    Release, Covenant Not To Sue, and Indemnity Agreement

    I understand that participating in Discover Dorothea Dix Park – Program (hereinafter “Program”) involves risk of injury. These risks include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, accidents while traveling, equipment problems or failures, contacts with and actions of other participants, spectators, or volunteers, slips/trips/falls, and musculoskeletal injuries, among others. I choose for myself, for my child, or for another participant who I am enrolling, to participate in the Program despite these and other risks. Pictures or video may be taken of participant for use in program publicity. My email will also be used to keep me informed of Dorothea Dix Park communications.

    By signing this form, I acknowledge all risks of injury, illness, and death, and property damage, and affirm that I have assumed all responsibility of injury, illness, death, and property damage relating in any way to the Program. I also agree for myself and for any child or other participant who I am registering herein to follow all rules and procedures that may apply to the Program and to follow the reasonable instructions of City employees and other supervisors of the Program. In return for the opportunity to participate in this Program, I agree for myself and for the child or other participant I am registering, and for our heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators to release, waive, and discharge any legal rights that any one of us may have to seek payment or relief of any kind from the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the State of North Carolina, their employees or their agents for injury, illness, or death relating in any way to this Program.

    If I am registering a minor for the Program, I agree that I am a parent, legal guardian, or am otherwise responsible for the minor whose application I am submitting and that I release, waive, and discharge any legal rights on behalf of that minor. If I am registering an adult, I agree that I am authorized to do so and do hereby release, waive, and discharge any legal rights on behalf of that adult participant. I, along with any participant I register herein, also agree not to sue the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, or the State of North Carolina, their employees, or their agents and agree to indemnify the same for any and all claims, damages, losses or expenses, including but not limited to medical expenses and attorney’s fees, if a suit is filed concerning an injury (to person or property), illness, or death to me or to any participant I am enrolling that relates to, or results from, participation in the Program.

    I have read this document thoroughly and understand that by registering for this program I am waiving legal rights.