Today Alexa and I had a mommy & me double date with a friend and her son. We were off to the movies. A lunchtime viewing of Ice Age 4. A cute little flick perfect for both of the kiddies. It should have been pleasant. It should have been empty in the middle of the afternoon on a Friday. It shouldn’ve been but it wasn’t. Instead we learned a lesson today.
So what was this lesson? Well it had to do with behavior issues. Nope, not from our kids. And nope not from the other familes with toddlers trying to enjoy an overpriced show with overpriced snacks and an overly chilly theather. Nope it was from the over crowding that came when 100 some-odd grade-school age boys piled into the room with us when their sports camp was rained out.
We were all settled in waiting for the show to start. Families scattered about with plenty of room to spare. THEN, we saw rows and rows of kids streaming in. There were MAYBE 4 teenage counselors and I *think* ONE adult. Ok, let’s first start with the fact that the student to teacher ratio seems WAY off at 20:1. I’m pretty sure that’s not in line with NJ standards of child care….even in a camp setting. There just weren’t enough people there to supervise these rowdy kids. Then add to that the counselors sitting out in the hallway or napping in a row by themselves during the movie and doing NOTHING about the fact that these kids were getting up every 2 seconds and disturbing everyone around them.
You best believe I said something. I said something directly to the kids sitting behind us that continued to bump my daughter’s head when they got up and down. I said something to the teenager group leader who was standing outside the door when I left the theater. I said something to the ticket taker to let her know what was going on inside (she told her boss who did reprimand the group, but did not ask them to leave). I also spoke to the manager on the way out…who comped our next show.
The lesson in question was how NOT to act when out in public. I used this as a teachable moment with Alexa. She was upset about it a little. So we talked. She told me that it wasn’t nice…how they acted. We talked the idea that just because their parents weren’t there doesn’t mean they should be allowed to act out. We also talked about how rude it was to interrupt other peoples’ viewing of the show over and over again. She actually seemed pleased when we drove off. She knew that it was wrong and I’m a little thankful that I was there to talk about it with after witnessing something so bizarre first hand.
**I’m sorry but it was all just unacceptable. Who does that? Who lets 100 eight-ish year old boys have free reign of the place without renting out the entire space for your group? Why wasn’t there a rule in place that said you had to have “this many” adults per “this many” kids? Why weren’t they there BEFORE the show started so they could get their snacks and sit in a group rather than piling in between those of us that thought ahead?
Best yet, why was a sports camp at the movies? Yeah yeah it was raining. So have a gymnasium set up to take you in if your outdoor games gt rained out. Or hey? Go home?
I would be livid if I was a parent of one of those boys. Not only were they put in harms way by not having enough supervision but they were not kept in line when they started to get out of control. If I pay good money to have my child’s life enriched through any camp I expect them to be involved in something less mind numbing than a cartoon movie (that the ones behind me had clearly seen since they knew the words?). I would be mortified if my kids acted so rudely to the other patrons.
I’m pissed and ranty. Sorry. The resolution for me was that the manager gave us free passes to another show. Yay. But I’m still annoyed. More so than necessary but whatever. I’m trying to track down the camp to tell the supervisors that their plans of a nice day at the movies ruined the afternoon of about 10 other families. Too bad their name is oh so generic – Ultimate Sports Camp. Ugh do you know what Google does with that? GAH!