5 Tips for Taking Big Families to the Movies + Giveaway

By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
March 23, 2015


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My husband and I love watching movies. Our 6 kids love watching movies. We love going to the movies as a family, too! However, it can be pretty overwhelming waiting in lines to buy tickets and then waiting in line to redeem tickets. This doesn’t even include waiting in line for popcorn, candy and soda, but Fandango makes the movie-going process easy and fun!

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It’s no secret we have a big family! You can imagine how challenging it would be to go to the movies with a big family, right? We do it all the time! Here are 5 Tips for Taking Big Families to the Movies:

1 – Decide on a movie everyone wants to see. As parents, we see everything! We see cartoons and other movies the kids love, as well as movies we want to see on our own. I especially love going to see movies as a family because I have good memories of going with my family when I was younger and hope our kids have similar types of experiences.

2 – Decide on a time and get their early. With a big family, you’ll want to get to the movie at least 10-15 minutes early (the earlier the better). Seating can be hard to find with newer movies, so plan accordingly (especially if you want good seats)!

3 – Purchase your tickets through Fandango. One of the easiest ways to purchase tickets for our big family is with Fandango. There’s no need for us to stand in the ticket line at the movie theater. We simply order our tickets online (on the computer or phone) and then we receive an email from Fandango with a scan code. When we get to the movie theater, they scan our code and we walk into the theater.

4 – Purchase a large, refillable popcorn at the movie theater. Every time we go to the movies with our 6 kids, we purchase a large, refillable popcorn. We also ask for little trays and then divide the popcorn up for each of the kids. We get our money’s worth because we always go back for a refill on the popcorn!

5 – Talk about the movie afterwards. On our car ride home, we like to ask our kids what parts of the movie or characters they liked the best. It’s a fun way to talk about the movie and grow our relationships as a family.

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1 lucky winner on The Mommy-Files will win a $50 Fandango Gift Card!!!

Do you use Fandango to buy your movie tickets? What do you like about it?

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This is a sponsored post with Fandango Family. All opinions are mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

57 Responses to “5 Tips for Taking Big Families to the Movies + Giveaway”

  1. Mami2jcn says:

    I like not having to wait in line at the ticket office.

  2. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love how I can see whats playing before i get to the theater

  3. sandra says:

    I love not having to wait in lines to buy tickets

  4. Maria Malaveci says:

    I love having the app on my phone and not having to wait in line for a long time.

  5. Erika C. says:

    I love the convenience of buying tickets online and searching for movies on the go.

  6. D Schmidt says:

    I love the ease of use and that I can book tickets at home.

  7. Laura DeLuca says:

    I love that I can order in advance. I live in a tourist town and in the summer, the theater sells out quickly.

  8. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I love that it shows me what movies are playing in each theater.

  9. shelly peterson says:

    I like that I can see what is playing and purchase m tickets in advance.

  10. Elena says:

    I like how I can get tickets without waiting in line

  11. Kalani says:

    I like the ease of use on the website. So convenient.

  12. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like not having to wait in line.

  13. Trisha Burgess says:

    I love not having to wait because I alr have my tickets!

  14. tammy shelton says:

    I like how easy it is to use. We love Fandango.

  15. HS says:

    I love the convenience of using Fandango.

  16. Cynthia R says:

    I love being able to avoid the long lines at the ticket booth.

  17. Kelly D says:

    I like not having to buy the tickets at the theater. It is convenient.

  18. vickie couturier says:

    easy to do and no lines no waiting

  19. Dawn Monroe says:

    Ive never used it but Id like to check out the family perks I read about on their website.

  20. Donna W. says:

    I love ordering my tickets ahead of time then no waiting in line.

  21. Rust says:

    I love how easy it is to find movie and show times and then to buy tickets. It’s easy and convenient,

  22. Margot C says:

    We always get Fandango cards for Christmas because everyone knows that we love movies. I love that they are so easy to redeem (no restrictions) and easy to pick-up the tickets from the machines.

  23. jennifer says:

    I love not having to wait in line or worry if tickets sell out!

  24. Kim Henrichs says:

    I like that they usually have listings early in the week. It’s such an easy site to use and the ability to print at home or theater is nice.

  25. Holly B says:

    I love never having to worry about showing up to find out the movie is sold out!

  26. Betty B. says:

    I love that I can print the tickets at home and bypass the ticket counter all together and also I don’t have to worry about a movie selling out by the time I get there.

  27. Devon F says:

    I love that I can purchase tickets online & show my smart phone at the customer service window

  28. nannypanpan says:

    I like knowing we have the tickets before we get there

  29. Rebecca Orr says:

    I like that I can call or go online to purchase tickets in advance. I hate going to the theater for something popular and finding out it is all sold out.

  30. Jennifer Tilson says:

    Fandango lets me have the showings and the ability to buy tickets at my fingertips.

  31. Cheryl says:

    I love the convenience of using Fandango in my own home.

  32. Leela says:

    I’ve never used it.

  33. Ty says:

    I like the convenience of it especially because i hate waiting in line for tickets.

  34. Jackie says:

    I like that I don’t have to wait in line to buy tickets.
    Thank you!

  35. Lorena Keech says:

    They give me a heads up for movies I want to see.

  36. Kristen says:

    It’s great to not have to wait in line if it’s a busy night at the theater.

  37. s.w. says:

    It is so easy to make the reservations and you can make them when you like.

  38. Candie L says:

    I love that you do not have to worry about movies selling out. Thank you

  39. livivua says:


  40. Lina says:

    I love how I can get the tickets before we leave and not have to worry about waiting in line or if the movie is sold out!

  41. Terra Heck says:

    I like that I can go on Fandango to see what movies are playing at the local theaters and I can purchase tickets anytime I want by ordering online through Fandango. Thanks.

  42. Ellie Wright says:

    I love the convenience of buying my tickets online.

  43. Tracy Jones says:

    It is easier and you don’t have to wait in the lines.

  44. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My favorite thing is the time it saves us at the theater!

  45. Daniel M says:

    easy to see what’s playing and faster at the theater

  46. Lauren says:

    I like not having to wait in line to buy tickets.

  47. Stacey b says:

    I love it because it’s easy and no waiting in lines at the theater.

  48. mrsshukra says:

    No need to line up, very convenient!

  49. Lyndsey says:

    I love that you don’t have to wait in line, you’ve already got your tickets printed!

  50. Tabathia B says:

    I love being able to order tickets online so that I won’t have to wait in line and knowing that tickets are available for a certain showing

  51. Jen Rodrigues says:

    I love how fast and easy it is to buy tickets to your favorite movie!!

  52. Deanna says:

    I have not used Fandango before, but know I would love the convenience of online ticket ordering. πŸ˜‰

  53. Deanna says:

    I posted a comment on the I Am Back….And Married!!! post (Deanna).

  54. Helen Swarts says:

    Fandango makes everything easier, and more fun!!

  55. Sarah L says:

    I like that you don’t have to wait in line and know what you’re getting ahead of time.
    Thanks for the contest.

  56. Sarah L says:

    subscribe emails: slehan at myway dot com

  57. Lily Kwan says:

    I like how convenient it is.

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