What’s Hot for Kids at the Cinemas these School Holidays

Trying to initiate some quality family time while still keeping the kids busy AND entertained over the School Holidays can be tricky. A visit to your local cinemas is a great school holiday outing, with plenty of choices for families on offer during school holidays.

One of the best draw cards is that there are a range of sessions times to suit, plus a great way to escape the weather, be it hot, cold or raining!

Booking online allows you to choose your seats before you arrive and avoid waiting in long queues during busy sessions.

Many cinemas have special school holiday deals or activities scheduled during school holiday times for even extra added fun! Be sure to check out your local cinemas and see what events are coming up!


New Release Movies these School Holidays

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG)

Disney invites you to the movie event of the Christmas Season! All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” in cinemas 22nd November, 2018 teaches us the key to unlocking one’s true potential lies within.

Rated: PG (Mild Fantasy Themes)
Running Time: 99 minutes
Release Date: 22 November 2018
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Morgan Freeman

The Grinch (G)

Based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic, The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.  Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.


RELEASE DATE: 29/11/2018

CAST:Benedict Cumberbatch
Rated: G
Running Time: 90 minutes


Elliott The Littlest Raindeer (G)

Special Christmas Screenings. When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole try-outs.

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Rated: G (Very mild themes and coarse language, some scenes may frighten very young children)
Running Time: 86 minutes

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet – Wreck it Ralph 2” (PG)

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”


RELEASE DATE: 26/12/2018 (Boxing Day)
RATED: PG – Mild themes and animated violence

CAST:John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer


Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

RELEASE DATE: 01/01/2019 (New Years Day)
CAST:Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

RELEASE DATE: 03/01/2019 
CAST: Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig


Instant Family (PG)

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.

RELEASE DATE: 10/01/2019 
RUNNING TIME: 118 mins
CAST: Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig


Storm Boy (PG)

‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.

RELEASE DATE: 17/01/2019 
RATED: PG – Mild themes and occasional coarse language
CAST: Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Trevor Jamieson, Morgana Davies and introducing Finn Little as ‘Storm Boy’


The Kid Who Would be King (PG)

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING tells the story of Alex, a twelve-year-old British schoolboy whose everyday problems are dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur.

Now, with the most powerful sword in history in the hands of the most powerless schoolboy in Britain, an epic adventure begins as Alex and his friends must thwart a medieval villain named Morgana, who is hell-bent on destroying the world.

RELEASE DATE: 17/01/2019
DURATION – 120 mins
CAST: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart

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