It really depends entirely on the child. As for:
what to do if they are bored after 5 minutes
Leave. Be prepared to NOT make it through the entire film and be OK leaving early if need be. That takes a lot of stress out of the whole process.
TL;DR: whenever they're ready, and when you do let them view it, watch it with them and help them find different ways to think about and address the more qustionable/uncomfortable themes.
Longer, more nuanced answer: Honestly, the age when they're ready for it depends on the child. My daughter wasn't able to grok anything other than 10-15 minutes of a ...
I've actually had to deal with virtually this exact situation a few times over the past year or so. We're in California, my family is in DC (5 hour flight). My son is almost 3, my daughter is 1.
As with all things in dealing with small children, it's really a game of distractions. So the best way to prepare is to be well equipped with a full arsenal of ...
It really depends on the movie.
Our 3 year old loved Cars since he was 2, and was happily watching Planes at 3. He was not interested in Horton Hears a Who - too much dialogue even if the content is age appropriate in my opinion.
I would wait a bit with letting him watch The Lion King (too scary) and Bambi (VERY scary).
I recommend the site ...
My kids all did fine from about the age of 3. The only real way to know which movie to pick is by seeing what they like at home. My kids all have wildly different taste in movies, so usually I take them one at a time. Sometimes they get bored during exposition, but just require a quiet reminder from me.
You can't really judge it by how much they sit ...
At 8, 4, and 3 they probably play well together and really should be doing so as often as they can. Participating when they ask is pretty good but it's also good that they see that you like things yourself and have interests of your own.
You can also separate the concept of everyday activity with special occasions. Sure, by the day to day ...
A couple quick things to get out of the way
Just like every "what is the appropriate age" question, there isn't one. Age is a pretty decent approximation of the physical and emotional maturity of people, but its margin of error is very high. While some things have laws that put lower bounds on them (drinking, violent movies, staying home alone) the ...
If you must have separate viewing your simplest bet its to buy two DVD players. Your youngest should probably have a headrest screen, controlled from the front seat, but the elder one could cope just add easily with a laptop version.
Also, when considering sound, your 6 year old should manage headphones but at 3, some do and some don't. Either way, ensure ...
I saw Fantasia at around 4 or 5. Can't remember that exact age, but I still remember seeing it.
If all you're looking for is that your child "sits quietly", my kids sat quietly through a movie at 2 and 3. if you want a "take home" value I think 4 or 5 is a good age.
I know I'm responding to this way late, but I have a different (and, in Torben's word, thorough) answer for you. ;-)
Disney in particular actually has two "lands" that cater to younger ages and such a variety of rides that it really is fitting for almost any age. Between 2-4 fantasyland and (3-7) toon town are specifically geared for younger ages and if a ...
This varies so much from child to child I'm not sure their is a useful answer other than just to try them. In a worst case you will have wasted a few pounds/dollars/euro etc and have to leave early.
My eldest enjoyed films from about 4, but my middle daughter was not a fan until she was about 6. I remember taking her about her fifth birthday and she ...
It depends on the child, the film, and quite a bit of pure chance.
My son, who is now nearly four, although he loves Disney films, still finds aspects of many of them scary. Until a few months ago he found the climax of Frozen very scary, but enjoyed the rest of the film. Tangled, which I'd personally rate roughly equally with Frozen on the scariness scale, ...
You can try looking at amazon.com for the audiobooks you have and checking the categories they are under
and then checking out any reviews, as coarse vocabulary is usually mentioned here if it was a surprise.
From having played at many festivals, I can offer one amazing child friendly music festival, had and shoulders above the rest:
The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, held late summer up near Inverness
It is designed from the ground up to be family friendly, including child only areas, family and quiet camping, events and tuition for kids (including circus ...
Latitude - July - Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.
Camp Bestival - July-August - Lulworth Castle, Dorset.
Womad - July - Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Green Man - August - Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales.
Just So - August - Rode Hall Parkland, Cheshire.
What age can you expect a child to happily sit through a movie
It depends on how much media consumption they've been trained to handle. My 3½ year old watches about five minutes of TV per day, just one episode of Barbapapa before bed. He wouldn't last long in a cinema. On the other hand, some pre-schoolers spend between one and three hours per day in front ...
It is actually possible to NOT require viewing of anything for both of these kids. I've done it (and probably so did your parents with you). You might take the above suggestions for after dark or a short time. But you might also try a number of other ideas.
First, I would get a seat belt Pillow. I just found out about these this spring and will be ...
On long car trips we have used a laptop, with stacked headphone splitters so that each child can have their own sound. Now I just have two children share my laptop and one uses my iPad, while the fourth child and my wife often share a second iPad.
How about double iPads/iPods? Might be cheaper than an actual embedded DVD player, and once you have the dvd's in iTunes then you don't have to worry about losing the disks. You can also take them into restaurants to get the kids to sit down and chill out if you're just at the end of your rope and can't manage wrangling both of them.