There are the obvious places, like invitations with NO KIDS listed. But apparently other places need guidelines as well. It makes me think of Sweet Home Alabama when Reese Witherspoon says,"Look at you… you have a baby… in a bar."
One was a formal Christmas party. The event was held in a big hall - think prom. Some of the women even wear gowns, though the men stick with suits and ties. The invite doesn't specifically say no kids, but I am certain that the planners didn't think it had to. Part way through the evening, in walks a couple with their very obviously, new baby. Babies at this age - 4-6 weeks, max - don't usually cause too much ruckus wherever they are. Nonetheless, I just found it
That one honestly wasn't near as bad as the next example. Hubs and I went to see The Hobbit one very snowy afternoon. We were lucky to arrange for a sitter so that we could run out for a few hours of adult time. EXCEPT - someone brought a B-A-B-Y into the theater. Throughout the entire first 30 minutes, the baby cried. Yep - cried, until FINALLY, one of the brilliant parental figures decided to take the baby outside of the movie. I seriously wanted to throttle someone. Do you know how much a movie and a sitter cost? Yes, I do, but obviously, they did not! It was so distracting! And it wasn't just us either. With each whimper, you could see the heads swivel toward the noise. After the brief hiatus, the culprit was brought back in, I assume sleeping. But dark theater and loud noises do not make for the best setting to sleep. It wasn't long until the little one was at it again. It was the equivalent of a cell phone ringing throughout the movie, and the theaters make a HUGE deal about that. Guess no one thought to say, don't take a baby to a movie.
Now, I can't say the thought hasn't crossed my mind. Both of my children were/are excellent nappers. However, I would have been MORTIFIED if they were noisy and I had to walk out with them. It just wasn't the right movie or venue. And yes, I get that you want to see it. And I get that you couldn't find a sitter. But guess what, then you just don't get to go. Sorry!