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young children in the cinema

I find this very annoying, i have a 2 yearl old girl and she loves going to the cinema , we took her for the 1st time when she was only 1 year old and she saw the whole film..
i think that kids here starts everything too late!!! come on! there are good kids friendly films out we have to just gets the DVD's thats not fun!
This is a good way to teach young kids to behave.
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

So in which Cantons can a 3 year old go to Cars 2?
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

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So in which Cantons can a 3 year old go to Cars 2?
In the Big Canton (D) they are allowed starting from 0 years.

In Basel there's a couple of Theaters stating 3/6 (Mimimum 3 years, 6 recommended. Most others show the 3D version only addressed to +18. All in German.
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Old 28.07.2011, 09:31
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

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Love to take my 4yo to the cinema to see ICE AGE 3 in english, but all the cinemas in Zug appear to be showing it in German in the afternoon? Anybody know of a nearby cinema who will be showing it in English in the afternoon?
I'm having the same problem with my almost 5yo...long summer holiday and the usual entertainment being verboten, e.g. the water park is restricted for the under-6 set and I don't want to go to the indoor playgrounds until the weather gets really cold and boring. And if there ever were a child who didn't like walking/hiking, mine would get the prize for being most opposed. Also the weather hasn't really been very agreeable for outdoor stuff....

But, it would appear that Winnie the Pooh is being shown at Sihl City for the 4 and up set though, again, it's only in German. My daughter seems fine with the idea of watching it in German, but I'd personally rather watch it in English myself, especially given the awesome lineup of voices, Cleese etc. But, for a happy kid with popcorn and such for 2 hours and a chance to get out of the house, I'm stoked there's even one movie we can go see.

If you're willing to compromise on the language for the sake of getting out of the house, there do appear to be some movies where 4yo are allowed.
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

You just need a bit of cheek. When we took my son to the cinema I made sure he and I were over at the popcorn stand while my husband was picking up the tickets. The guy asked how old my son was and my husband just said "He's 6". No further questions, and we were in.

He's a big 4 year old and would definitely pass for 6 and he was actually better behaved in the cinema than many of the older kids (9 or 10) who were larking about and generally being a pain in the bum.

I think the parents are of the attitude "Well it's a kids' film, they shouldn't be expected to sit quietly and watch" and therefore don't bother keeping their kids under control. Which then begs the question; why do they bother with the under-6 rule?

It might also explain why many adults here in Switzerland can't bloody shut up and watch either.
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Old 28.07.2011, 17:03
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

After seeing "Winnie the Pooh" today in the cinema, I can highly recommend it as it really is very well done. On the downside, however, was just how expensive it was:

31 CHF for 1 adult and 1 child ticket
6 CHF for parking
16 CHF for small popcorn, water and soda
For a total of 53 CHF (roughly $67 at today's exchange rate) for a kids movie.

To compare the prices with the US for a kid's matinee:

$8 for 2 tickets at the matinee price
$0 for parking
$10 for small popcorn and drinks
For a total of $18 for a kid's matinee in the US (at least this is what we paid last Thanksgiving when we went to see Tangled at the theatre)

I mean, holy cow, at $66, I can get 3 or 4 DVDs and have my sister put them in the mail and my child could watch them over and over and over without all the overhead of parking and snacks.

I feel well and truly switzerlanded right now.
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Re: Age restrictions on cinema no under 6

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Told my 5 year old that if anyone asked, he was 6.
Did you actually ask your kid to lie?
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Old 28.07.2011, 17:45
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Did you actually ask your kid to lie?
Which begs the question, would you have a problem with that? Did your mum never ask you to be conservative with the truth when buying a half price child's ticket for the bus?

I think the reason in this instance was that some regard the Swiss rule of no under 6 to be inappropriate. Of course we could all of us simply decide that rules are there to be obeyed and kow-tow to anything resembling authority. Personally I prefer the adage: rules are made for the guidance of men and the restraint of idiots.

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Which begs the question, would you have a problem with that? Did your mum never ask you to be conservative with the truth when buying a half price child's ticket for the bus?
We used to do that all the time with the kids. "But Daddy, I'm 6, not 4!"
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We used to do that all the time with the kids. "But Daddy, I'm 6, not 4!"

he he, happened to me too
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Old 28.07.2011, 18:04
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

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I'm having the same problem with my almost 5yo...long summer holiday and the usual entertainment being verboten, e.g. the water park is restricted for the under-6 set
Which water park is this?

Alpamare is fine for under sixes.
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Old 28.07.2011, 18:13
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Which begs the question, would you have a problem with that? Did your mum never ask you to be conservative with the truth when buying a half price child's ticket for the bus?

I think the reason in this instance was that some regard the Swiss rule of no under 6 to be inappropriate. Of course we could all of us simply decide that rules are they to be obeyed and kow-tow to anything resembling authority. Personally I prefer the adage: rules are made for the guidance of men and the restraint of idiots.
It's up to each parent to decide if they want to send the message that lying is OK, and face the logical consequences.

It's clear that rules are not carved in stone, there's always common sense. I personally believe that as with many other Swiss rules there's a reason behind. Can you figure out the background of this one?
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It's up to each parent to decide if they want to send the message that lying is OK, and face the logical consequences.

It's clear that rules are not carved in stone, there's always common sense. I personally believe that as with many other Swiss rules there's a reason behind. Can you figure out the background of this one?

I agree with you that it's up to the parents to decide upon which message to impart, it's also their duty to do their best to see that the children are educated well enough to understand the difference between right and wrong. Whether the consequences are good or bad would depend on numerous factors, not least of which would be under what circumstances. Since I infer from your post (no offence intended here) that you are against the idea of lying under any circumstances I would ask you what would the world be like if lying were not possible. How would you respond to some fo the basic questions such as "how are you?" When you answer "fine thanks" but in reality you feel anything other than fine but can't be bothered to explain the reasons you are technically lying. The point I'm trying to make is that some lies are probably acceptable and expected whereas others are clearly not.

Sure, the Swiss will doubtless have admirable reasons for the no under 6 rule, similar to the rules regarding no standing-up-pissing after 10pm or parking outside the white car park marking space or walking on the cracks in the pavement - some rules are sensible, some are unneccessary, others are ridiculous. I believe it's up to the individual to decide - given sufficient intelligence and a measure of common sense social life can be just fine without a handbook of rules to govern all aspects of it.
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

My glast is flabbered.
Really? My nearly four year old is not allowed to go to the cinema to watch Ice Age 4? She loves these movies, and I had no idea of this rule.
I had already told her we will go, and now I have to explain it's not allowed whilst she has to see the bill boards everywhere.

OK, my fault, shouldn't have promised to take her, but seriously, I had no idea the Swiss were so weird?

I can understand kids are annoying in movies, but.....

Oh, looked up the noggicino thing, but that's only a) in German and b) for kids under 12 months.


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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

Not sure how that rule exists, never heard of it. Went last month with my 8, 6 and 3 year old to a flick and didn't have any trouble...after all, the movies themselves are rated 0 so to not allow a child under 6 is crazy...
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

Well, I must admit, a swiss friend has just helped me and said I could go to Bern or Basel to watch it in English, but only with a 4 year old.

Anyone from Basel or Bern know if they enforce the rule (She will be 4 in August)
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

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I can understand kids are annoying in movies, but.....
But, what??
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Re: ICE AGE 3 in english (and young children in the cinema)

But... in an U rated movie you should expect them. I would understand if they were banned from PG films, but U films are aimed at small children, excluding small children from small children's movies is..... well, stupid.
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But... in an U rated movie you should expect them. I would understand if they were banned from PG films, but U films are aimed at small children, excluding small children from small children's movies is..... well, stupid.
I wish they'd ban adults from seeing them.

My children could go on their own then and I wouldn't have to put with a couple of hours of tedious drivel.
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