Minki’s first movie outing was a…


She loved getting the popcorn and her slushie, but was freaking out when the lights went off in the cinema. A Simple fact I’ve totally overlooked… By the time the trailers were (finally) finished, her popcorn was also finished and she wanted more Smarties.

When the movie eventually started she was sitting on Daddy’s lap (afraid of the dark) and screaming for more Smarties. #notfun

Taking your toddler to the movies for the first time can be a treat or… a total disaster.

Here’s some tips I wish I knew beforehand…


1. Choose the right movie

Obviously you want something kid friendly and animation usually fits the bill. I will make this easy for you because this month The Queen’s Corgi is launching in cinemas nationwide. The perfect choice for a first movie outing.

What’s it about?

Since his arrival at Buckingham palace, Rex lives a life of luxury. Top dog, he has superseded his three fellow Corgis in Her Majesty’s heart. His arrogance can be quite irritating. When he causes a diplomatic incident during an official dinner with the President of the United States, he falls into disgrace. Betrayed by one of his peers, Rex becomes a stray dog in the streets of London. How can he redeem himself? In love, he will find the resources to surpass himself in the face of great danger… or just watch the preview!

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2. Is your tod really ready?

The right age is something experts are still debating. Some say 3 others say 4… You know your kid so you will know when the time is right. The Queen’s Corgi age restriction is 7-9 PG.

Ps: Keep in mind that some kids are more sensitive to loud noises and afraid of the dark!

3. Skip the ads and trailers

Before kids you use to love the trailers, but keep in mind that trailers can be extra loud, exhausting and nerve wracking for little eyes and ears.

4. Timing is everything

Like with everything else, plan your movie date. Do not take a hungry or tired toddler on their first movie date.

It will be a disaster.

5. Go with the flow

Like most aspects of your life – everything changes when you have kids. Normally you would see the preview or love the actor, buy the tickets and get some popcorn on your way in. Sit back and enjoy the movie. Again that was BEFORE KIDS (BK).

Hang onto this: You won’t be the first parent leaving the theater with a screaming, crying or overwhelmed kid.

The Queen’s Corgi releases on 18 April 2019 in cinemas nationwide.


PrettyBelle teamed up with Empire Entertainment and we are giving one lucky Mama and her toddler double tickets to see The Queen’s Corgi + a fabulous gift bag.


1. Like/Follow PrettyBelle on Facebook and/or Instagram

2. Tag a friend (or two) who loves going the movies

3. Comment on the blog and tell me: Was your first movie experience with kids a treat or a total disaster?

T’s and C’s apply

Winner is selected at random via random.org

Prize cannot be sold or redeemed for cash.

The competition is in no way affiliated to Facebook or Instagram

Winner will be announced on 19 April 2019

Good luck!

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Until next time…

Helene & Minki

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