Going to the Baby Club screenings at Everyman has been one of my favourite things to do as a new mum.
Every Tuesday, Stratford-upon-Avon’s local cinema (and in my opinion, the nicest cinema in South Warwickshire) puts on a screening designed for those with babies.
It’s a nice feeling getting lost in a film surrounded by other new mums…
The Baby Club allows anyone with a child under 12 months to enjoy a film in a relaxed atmosphere. The sound is low and the vibe is really chilled – babies nap on laps, prams can be brought into the screen, parents rock little ones to sleep at the back of the room, everyone is getting up and down and going in and out all the time. It’s great and you have zero concerns for disturbing anyone because you’re all making equal amounts of noise.
The price of your ticket pays for the film, a hot drink and a piece cake (and of course the fancy environment of the Everyman, with its big comfy sofas and plush facilities). These screenings are for those with babies only, and it’s a nice feeling getting lost in a film surrounded by other new mums who you imagine are going through the same transitions into parenthood that you are.
The films aren’t aimed at kids, specifically. The idea is that adult titles are chosen and that the movie is intended to be an enjoyment for the parent (which, especially in those newborn days when time for yourself is limited, feels like a real treat). That’s not to say that U and PG movies aren’t sometimes shown – when they are, older children can attend too (with a ticket).
Babies under 12 months will be admitted free of charge to any U or PG film before 5pm, 7 days a week…
Times I went along, especially when my son was under six months old, I found the entire experience really lovely and so worth carving out time for. On the surface, going to the cinema with a baby sounds like a wildly unrealistic task, but with the help of a nice environment, super friendly staff and free cake (yay), it makes for a really valuable thing to do. Surprisingly, something my baby loved doing was watching the screen (and eventually falling asleep with complete contentment).
If you can’t make the weekly club, then the policy across the rest of the cinema is that babies under 12 months will be admitted free of charge to any U or PG film before 5pm, 7 days a week, which is fab! Something I am yet to try but will report back when I do. And I best get cracking as we turn one in just two months – those baby days really do fly by.
To book, browse the cinema listings for Tuesdays and you’ll see the icon ‘Baby Club’ so you know which time to select.