Moviehouse and Eatery- Keller (other locations)
What? Mommy (and Daddy) Mondays AKA Mommy and Me Matinees at the movies
Cost? $6 per seat (shows before 2PM)
Dying to see Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast in theaters but not sure if your kid can handle the big screen with the general population just yet? Consider Mommy and Me Matinees at the Moviehouse and Eatery. Note- this review is of the movie going experience, not a review on the movie or a pediatrician’s guidelines on screen time… My kiddos aren’t ready for the new Beauty and the Beast (the original movie is more up their alley) but I am totally down for a Mommy’s Night Out if anyone reading is interested.
I tried to take my toddler to a regular movie theater to see Finding Dory last summer. It was a total disaster! The room was too dark, the sound was too loud (if I’m honest- it was even too loud for me) and the food options were limited. We left about five minutes into the show, got our money refunded and then went to get FroYo nearby. Then I heard about Mommy and Me matinees at the Moviehouse and Eatery in Keller. (Austin, Flower Mound and McKinney also have locations). At these showings the volume is lowered, some lights are left on (for those quick exits for potty breaks) and the room is filled with other toddlers and babies making similar rustling noises and random outbursts. No judgment here!
This was my first time to see any movie at the Moviehouse and Eatery, and I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, it’s just a better movie going experience in my opinion. Any theatre in which I can fully recline my chair, have an extensive menu (that includes alcohol– for your date nights of course) and a personal waiter has my vote. Check out the menu before you come or just arrive a little earlier to go over the options (hint- if you’re bringing ticking time bombs, I mean toddlers, plan ahead friends. No need to be there any longer than possible).
The other awesome aspect of the Moviehouse is you pick your seats before you arrive. I love this because I am ALWAYS running late nowadays with two little ones. I love knowing that even if I show up during the previews, my seats are safe and sound waiting for us. Plan ahead and reserve your seats online (or just at the door) with your friends and make this the ultimate play date! At my “movie play date” we ordered lunch and ate during the movie. By the time the movie was over, we drove home and it was 12:15, otherwise known as NAP TIME. What a wonderful morning for all!
If you’ve got babies who still nap through anything, go and watch ANY movie of your choice that is playing before 2PM on Mondays. Violence, sex, bad language? Who cares, they’re asleep or too young to realize what’s on the screen! WOHOOO! This newborn phase won’t last long, so go before you’re limited to talking animals and cars. Don’t worry, if you missed your chance to see Bad Moms, it’s on DVD (I highly recommend it).
Need to nurse your little one but shy about nursing in public? This is a perfect place to practice or try it out for the first time. It’s dark so it will be less intimidating. Also, try out the Covered Goods Nursing Cover. I loved this so much for nursing, but it can also be used to cover up the car seat to shield baby from the screen light when she falls back asleep.
Your Out and About Friend,
Ps. The Moviehouse & Eatery serves coffee too! Do you take it black or with cream and sugar?
Day and time we visited: Monday 10 AM
Level of crowds– Medium
Changing Table: Yes (in family restroom)
Cleanliness of Bathroom: Excellent
Recommended age: Infant (who will sleep through movie) or toddler/kid who can sit long enough to watch a movie and be engaged
Food Options: Yes! See the Menu here
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? No
Stroller friendly– Not needed; bring in the infant car seat if desired though
Staff supervision provided: Yes- waiters and staff present
Safety concerns- No, but always check the parental guidelines for movie ratings and screen time limits for ages
Recommend going again? Yes