Does taking your kids to the movies seem crazy? We absolutely promise you that it’s not. In fact, the theater is a great place to take your kids on an outing – there is plenty of space to roam around while you wait for the movie to begin. At most theaters the snacks alone will keep them on their best behavior! In Seattle, most of the movie theaters are kid-friendly (despite a few that are for adults only) and some of the theaters even have special programs geared towards families or parents who want to catch a flick with their littlest movie-goers.
IMAX Theaters at the Pacific Science Center
Don’t feel guilty about skipping the exhibits at the Pacific Science Center and just visiting to catch a movie at their theater featuring a screen that’s six-stories high. It can be a little daunting to little ones to climb the super steep stairs to find a seat, but once you’re settled in and the movie begins, they’ll relax pretty quickly. The Pacific Science Center features both educational documentaries and popular new release films – usually a mix of the two are playing at any given time. Be sure to check out their website for details on current shows and even purchase tickets in advance.
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, Wa 98109
Lincoln Square Cinemas
Located in Bellevue, parents on the Eastside love Mother’s Day Thursdays at Lincoln Square Cinemas! At 10:00 a.m., every Thursday, parents and infants pack the theater to watch current movies without having to worry about bothering other movie-goers with their fussy baby. Strollers are accepted and encouraged and they even leave the theater lights a bit brighter so that you can attend to your little one while you watch. The movies vary from week to week (check their website for the most current selections) and many are not kid-friendly, which is why the theater requests that all children are under age one. But wait… we haven’t even told you the best part yet! On Mother’s Day Thursdays, they offer concession service to your seat – no need to disturb your sleeping baby to get a refill on popcorn!
700 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Park Place Theater
Looks like the Eastside has Seattle schooled when it comes to taking babies to the movies! Park Place Theater, located in downtown Kirkland, also offers a similar program at Lincoln Square Cinema, called Baby’s Day at the Movies. Every other Friday at 9:45 a.m., parents can pick from the newest releases with their little ones along. Just like at Lincoln Square, some movies are not appropriate for children, so be sure to check what they’re offering that week before bringing older children along.
404 Parkplace Court
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Thornton Place Stadium Theater
One of Seattle’s newest movie theaters is in Northgate – right across from the Toys-R-Us and Red Robin side of Northgate Mall. Thornton Place is a mega-theater that seems to go on for days, making it a great place to take the kids for a movie because there are always plenty of show times to pick from and the theaters are rarely ever full, as a result. Thornton Place is a Regal Cinema and during the summer, they play host to the Summer Movie Express – different kids’ movies during the week, all at reduced ticket prices (often just $1). Grab a pre- or post-movie bite to eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, located in the same complex.
301 NE 103rd Street
Seattle, Wa 98125
A few theaters in Seattle also have “cry rooms” where parents can slip into the back with a fussy child without missing the movie. These rooms aren’t as state-of-the-art as the theaters themselves and usually only have two seats, but they’re a nice solution in a crunch! Try Guild on 45th Theatre in Wallingford, Metro Cinemas or the Varsity Theatre, both in the U-District.
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— Katie Kavulla