Sorry No Kids Allowed

by Kristina Tahnyak on November 7, 2012 · 4 comments

Have you ever missed part of a movie because a young kid was kicking the back of your seat? Have you ever not enjoyed a delicious meal at an expensive restaurant because there was a screaming kid sitting at the table next to you? Have you ever wanted something from the shelf at your favourite store but you couldn’t reach it because there was a woman with her kid’s stroller in the way? If you are like me then the answer to all of these questions is yes.  My Dink life is regularly interrupted by children and families with kids and honestly I am getting very annoyed by it. However, I am extremely proud to say that cities, restaurants, movie theatres, and housing complexes are finally creating an enjoyable living environment for those of us who don’t want to intermingle with kids. I mean if there can be living communities for retirement why can’t there also be living communities for couples with no kids?

If you follow me on Twitter @TKBlogs then you know that I was very excited to hear the news about Toronto opening up no kids allowed movie theatres.  They are not going to be adult only sexy theatres; they are just going to be regular Cineplex movie theatres that do not allow admission to anyone under the age of 19. The chairs will be larger and more comfortable; movie watchers will be able to order an alcoholic beverage for their drinking pleasure while watching their favourite movies.

It seems like the no-kids-allowed movement is catching on because the National Post recently published an article about all of the places around the United States and Canada that do not allow kids to enter. I personally think that this is a great idea because getting married and having kids is just not for everyone.

I know that some readers feel that I am the spokesperson for the anti-children movement, but that is simply not true. I just don’t want to be forced to be in the presence of kids if I don’t have to.  I don’t hate all the children in the world, but I don’t really want to be around them all the time either.

Would you like to visit a place where there are no kids allowed?

Here are some places that do not allow kids:

Roy Public House in Toronto has a sign in the window that specifies the restaurant is an “adult space”.  The sign stipulates that kids are welcome but disturbances from kids are not allowed.

A restaurant in Pennsylvania banned all children under the age of 6 last year when they received several noise complaints from other customers.

Air Asia has a quiet zone which means that travellers will not have their flights disturbed by screaming babies or children running up and down the aisles.

A local store in Ottawa bans customers with strollers from entering the shop.

The Vintage Chophouse restaurant in Calgary turns away all diners who try to come in with children.  There is a no-minors policy which helps keep the restaurant upscale because the screaming noises of children do not interrupt their business clientele.

Photo by epsos

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jordann @ My Alternate Life November 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’m kidless and while I like kids, I would rather they not be everywhere. I love the idea of an adult only movie theatre! Being able to buy a beer with my movie would be a lovely option. That said, if I was a parent and I wasn’t allowed into a store because of my stroller, I think I’d feel a little discriminated against, so I can understand why having child free establishments is a touchy subject.

2 Kerry @ Frugal City Girl November 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

Several coffeeshops and cafes in London are banning children (I think some of them may be just banning strollers? But it amounts to the same thing). There’s a real trend of groups of parents bringing their kids to a coffeeshop, parking it in the corner and lingering over single cups of tea for hours while the kids shout, run around and are generally a nuisance to staff and other patrons. Some shops are taking steps to stop that happening. Of course there’s been some outcry from parents, but the cafes are reasonably pointing out that they can just go to one of the other 95% of coffeeshops in London…particularly Starbucks….

3 Rohit @ The Money Mail November 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

I can understand no kids allowed for movies but for restaurants, they may be loosing money by turning down family customers.

4 Steve November 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I’m for it, provided there are equivalent places that a family could patronize. I don’t think one movie theater in Toronto is going to hurt anything.

Now if we could only outlaw wailing, crying children on the bus I take to work every morning, I’d be set.

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