These situations can be tough. Though, when you are the custodial parent you end up having to juggle the feelings of the child and the mom, even though you shouldn’t have to. When you are a non-custodial parent and distance is involved, you don’t get to go to the movies everytime a kid’s movie comes out. Instead these times with your child are few and far between and they become big events. If there is a big movie or something happening near a custodial time for mom, maybe take the initiative and text mom, hey B&B is coming out, I plan to do… unless you want to take her… If there is no response, do your thing. I would not expect her to do the same for you. Also, if a custodial period is coming for mom next week and a movie is coming out this week, wait to see is mom will take her. You can take here to a movie anytime. Mom, not so.