Movies For Mommies – The Original Parent & Baby Film Event (MFM) is the brainchild of Robyn Green.
Launched in June of 2001 in mid-town Toronto, Movies for Mommies was the first event of its kind to offer grown up entertainment in a Baby- Friendly environment.
The idea was first conceived when Ms. Green went to a matinee one afternoon to enjoy a movie. Single at the time, and not being particularly maternal at that point in her life, she was highly aware when a young mother sat down a few seats away with her baby. The lights dimmed, the film began and the baby started to howl. At that moment inspiration struck, and Ms. Green decided to create a movie matinee event exclusively for new parents to enjoy, where crying would be welcome and other parent-perks would be available.
While other cinemas have tried to emulate the Movies for Mommies concept, MFM remains a leader not just as a movie, but as an event and destination for Mommy Meet Up groups. Dads, friends and caregivers are also welcome to attend and everyone enjoys amazing free weekly samples, door prize draws before the shows, warm and welcoming staff, and monthly pre-show events.
Now in its 15th year, MFM has expanded across the country to major cities including: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Saskatoon and Vancouver.
For Lillian, it was always a treat to go see a movie on the big screen with her parents. The nostalgia of seeing the neon sign lit up at her old neighborhood theatre, throwing popcorn from the balcony, and the sound of the film reel flapping that attracted Lillian to Movies for Mommies. “It’s wonderful to see couples come in with their babies and enjoy a movie together,” she says. One of her favourite films is Run Lola Run. When Lillian isn’t chasing after her two kids, she likes to run with her iPod, paint portraits, and putter around in her kitchen and garden.
I’m a mom to a beautiful, happy girl, Addison. I came on board as the owner of Movies for Mommies Saskatoon in February 2013. Prior to this Addison and I would attend the movie every week as it was a great outing for us and allowed us to meet other moms and babies. When the opportunity arose to take over Movies for Mommies Saskatoon I jumped at it, as I had experienced the benefit of the program first hand and I want to ensure that other moms benefit from it in the future. I love getting to meet all the moms that come to the movies and seeing all the beautiful babies. Prior to my maternity leave I worked with adults with intellectual disabilities and since my maternity leave ended I currently work running a daycare.
Possessing more than 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, I was also a travel reporter and food critic in Hong Kong and Macau. I like movies, music, travel and photography, and hope to enjoy all these with my baby in the upcoming days. Thanks to Movies for Mommies, I can now combine my interest with work as well as providing him a very special chance to learn. Obviously, this tiny boy has already inherited my love in meeting people and often sends a big smile to every one he greets. We look forward to meeting more friends in our neighbourhood. Hope to see you at the movies!
MFM Bloor West, Toronto
Carolyn Sinclair is a Registered Midwife, CPR Instructor, Babywearing Educator, business owner and stay at home Mom of 2 + 1 on the way. When she’s not busy with her young family she is running Movies for Mommies at The Humber Cinema and teaching group and private classes for families via her business Fifty-Seven, which focuses the 57 months from Pregnancy to Preschool (9 months +4 years). She loves being an active member of the West Toronto Community and hosts regular community groups including The West End Walking Group, The West End Breastfeeding Cafe & Organizes The Bloor West Moms Group Online Meetup.
MFM Richmond Hill/Etobicoke, Toronto
Claire is the Founder and Director of Healthy Start, Healthy Future and the Life With A Baby program which offers local, community-based social events to build relationships, online support, and multi-lingual parenting programs. Claire is passionate about supporting parents, developing collaborations, reducing social isolation, and building healthy a healthy future for the next generation. www.LifeWithABaby.com
Sophie Vallée est une maman bien choyée d’une belle grande fille de 12 ans. Elle vient du monde des services financiers et très heureuse de s’être jointe à l’équipe des matinées pour mamans. Chaleureuse et toujours souriante, elle est fidèle au poste pour accueillir les mamans et s’assurer de leur confort depuis 10 ans déjà !
Sophie Vallée has been part of MFM for the last ten years! She’s a very grateful mom to a beautiful 12 years old girl. She has a background in financial services and is very happy she has joined MFM team. Sophie brings exuberance and a warm smile to every show and makes sure moms are welcomed and comfortable.
I am a proud mother of a son and daughter and they has been my proudest accomplishment. When I get a little time for myself I can be found making doll furniture and other wooden creations or even refinishing furniture. I am true crafter at heart. In the summer months, you will find me and my family camping, quadding or running around the yard with our animals. As an owner of an accredited family day home for nearly 7 years, I know the importance of taking a little time to surround yourself with other adults now and then. The thought of giving parents the opportunity to go to an event and connect with other parents is a dream come true! I look forward to being a part of the Movies for Mommies team!
I am a wife and Mommy to three tiny people. I enjoy family time above all else. We go camping, play around in our yard and when we get out, one of our favorite things to do is see a good movie. There was a time not so long ago that I was unable to enjoy the later. My original career was as a Millwright (they work in groups to fix large machines such as in a power plant). In my previous career there was a lot of interaction with other grown ups. The hardest part of the transition to my new career as Mommy was not spending time around other grown ups and not being able to get out and do the things I used to do for fun such as go to a movie. I started a dayhome as well which, although I adored the children, isolated and tied me down further. By the time my third baby came along, I had to let the dayhome go. I am now super excited to be helping other Mom’s to get out, be around other grown ups and do something that is for grown ups! I know first hand how valuable that down time is and helping others is something that truly keeps me happy.