As much as I love spending all day, every day with Jasmine, I’ve started to realise the importance of getting out of the house and doing ‘normal things’. I think it’s vital for new mums to break up the monotony of nappy changes and feeds with other activities. I’ve made it my mission to try and discover as many local mum and baby friendly activities as possible.
As an avid film enthusiast I was pleased to discover that a cinema in my town, Abbeygate Cinema, has it’s very own ‘Big Scream’ club. Every Thursday morning parents have the opportunity to go along to the cinema’s ‘Big Scream’ film screening which welcomes mums, dads and babies under the age of one. How brilliant is that?!
Our ‘Big Scream’ experience (Bury St Edmunds):
Last Thursday I took Jasmine on our first ever mummy/daughter date to the movies! The film being shown on that particular day was ‘Tracks’ – a drama based on the memoir of Robyn Davidson, the woman who walked solo across 1,700 miles of Australian desert.
It was absolutely pouring down with rain that morning so I was very glad to get inside the building which is tucked away down Hatter Street in Bury St Edmunds. I parked my buggy in the lobby (next to a huge array of other prams and pushchairs) and then had a mooch around the place as I was a little early for my film.
After a quick nosey around, the girl and I headed upstairs to find our screen. I had my e-ticket already which I had printed out at home – no queueing for tickets is definitely a bonus. I simply showed my printed ticket to the member of staff waiting outside the screen and went in to choose my seat. We were the first ones there so we had our pick of where to sit. I decided to sit on one of the little two-seater sofas at the back of the room. That way I could sprawl all of mine and Jasmine’s bits and bobs out and be able to reach them easily whilst the film was on. The sofa was so comfy and Jasmine stayed snuggled to my chest the entire time.
I noticed on the way in that there were several changing mats laid out and a bin for dirty nappies so you could deal with any stinky messes mid-film and not miss a thing!
Gradually more mums and dads appeared with their little ones (most of which were fast asleep!) Crying babies throughout the film (Jasmine included) was inevitable but it honestly didn’t matter. Once I got over the surreal experience of changing a baby’s nappy on the back seat of a cinema screen, I really felt relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the film. I’m happy to report that it’s the first film I’ve managed to watch to the end since Jasmine was born!
I loved my first mummy and daughter date at the movies. I mean, who else can you go to the pictures with, accidentally drop popcorn on their head and not hear any complaints?! (On that topic, even though I’m fully aware as to where my mouth is, why is it so hard to eat popcorn in a dark room?!)
The morning gave a whole new meaning to ‘smooching in the back row’ as I was able to give Jasmine kisses and cuddles until my heart was content whilst still enjoying a ‘normal’ activity that I really didn’t think I’d be doing just 4 weeks after Jasmine’s arrival.
I can see these trips to The Picture House being a regular occurrence from now on. I’ve since found out that the local NCT Bumps and Babies group also meet at the Picture House on Thursday mornings (before the Big Scream film) and perhaps if I’m feeling brave next time I’ll pop in and say hello!
NCT Bumps and Babies meet up: 10:00-11:30am (Free of charge)
Big Scream movie starts at 11:15am every Thursday – tickets cost £7 per adult (Babies go free)
I’d love to know what activities you enjoy doing with your babies in your local area?