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Help a Mom: Searching for 'mommy matinees,' other escapes for mom of infant

Posted September 3, 2013

I received this email from a local mom the other week. She's the first-time mom of a month-old baby.

Are there any theaters in the area that offer a mommy matinee? I've heard of movie theaters that have special showings where the house lights stay dimmed and the volume is a little lower where moms can take small children. The movies are not necessarily kid movies ... this is more of an escape for moms.

There were theaters, at one point, that did offer these special showings for moms and other caregivers of young children. From my quick look around Triangle theaters, I have not found one that offers these anymore. But I can be wrong ... so if you know of one in the region, please share.

But it sounds like she's looking for other ideas to get out and about with her little one. I took a lot of long walks when my babies were that young. What did you do to get out of the house?

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  • marimom Sep 5, 2013

    This mother is looking for ideas of things to do with a baby. So please stop trying to judge her or the word "escape", stop make assumptions for her or tell her how she needs to feel after a month of having a child. Give ideas and encouragement.

  • happygirl14 Sep 4, 2013

    I am a new mom of a 2 month old and just went back to work from maternity leave. I felt the same way you did, but now regret it. Enjoy the time you have with your little one because they grow so fast.

  • Raditude Sep 4, 2013

    Check out the Science Thursday's at the NC Museum of Natural Science. Your little one will be too small to get it, but they have lots of interactive stuff that is fun for mom and the rest of the family and baby can watch and be entertained or sleep. Best of all - IT'S FREE!

    Some other things we did with my little girl at that age:
    Ride the train at Pullen Park
    Go to the Museum of Life & Science (I love this myself, especially the butterfly house)
    Walk on the greenway and take a picnic (and milk!) We did (and do) a lot of walking
    Marbles Kids Museum - we went at an early early age, the older they get the more they can do.
    First Friday - my little one loved the live music from a very young age.
    I also spent some time learning new things on my good camera and then practiced on my new, very favorite subject!

    I know these aren't necessarily "escapes" but it just helps to get out of the house! And I can honestly say, I had (and still have) a great time doing all these with my little one!

  • Trusting Sep 4, 2013

    Please do not put escapes with mommy hood. I would never want my child to read this in years to come that I needed to "escape" from them. Sure we need to teach and foster Independence and Individuality but I just am concerned about the wording.

  • shall6 Sep 4, 2013

    @jrm576 ... you are taking me back! I totally forgot that I did hang with the walkers at Crabtree Valley Mall when my second one was an infant. I'd do a few laps around the mall when the weather was bad and I needed to get out. And agree on Stroller Strides ... great program!


  • jrm576 Sep 4, 2013

    As the mom of a 10-month-old, I can totally relate to the desire for some normalcy after your baby is born, especially if this is your first child and you're on maternity leave with no set "schedule" after working for most of your adult life. Babies are wonderful, but it's SUCH a lifestyle change that you sometimes want to revert back to what you knew before. It's easy to lose yourself in the newness of parenthood and go a little stir-crazy.

    Some ways I entertained myself: Stroller Strides is AWESOME (look it up!), Gymboree music class for infants, took walks around Pullen Park, the Farmer's Market, early morning trips to Target at 8:00 when they first open and aren't crowded. Crabtree is also open for walkers early in the morning before the stores open at 10:00. All these places allow you to get out of the house without worrying about what to do if your baby gets upset.

  • Whosays Sep 4, 2013

    If I got stir crazy I would just put her in the stroller and go for a walk, there are many parks and stuff that can handle strollers, so I would advise with the pretty weather, get out of the house! If you need adult companionship ask a friend to go with you, maybe have a picnic.

  • blahblahblah Sep 4, 2013

    Needing an escape after only a month? This is time you can't get back. Savor it.

  • snowl Sep 3, 2013

    I just enjoyed staying home with baby. After only 8 weeks.. I had to return to the office. Enjoy just being home and loving that newborn. Congrats and count your blessings dear.