Enjoy a day out and take your babies and kids to the movies! Whether it’s Hoyts Charlestown, Reading Cinemas Charlestown or Event Cinemas Glendale or Hoyts Cinemas Maitland, there’s a large choice of cinemas around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region catering to families.
If you have young babies who can sleep or feed, enjoy Spit the Dummy or Bring your Baby sessions. For older kids, enjoy family time enjoying a G or PG rated movie at all of the movie theatres. The larger movie chains regularly hosts special film festivals like the Pixar Film Festival or Disney Film Festivals. Keep following Newy with Kids for updates.
Reading Cinemas Charlestown & Maitland
Each Wednesday morning, Reading Cinemas at Charlestown Square and Maitland presents Spit the Dummy sessions. Relax and enjoy a movie without worrying about feeding in the dark or those unexpected hissy-fits. The lights are dimmed so that you can see what you’re doing. Note that Spit The Dummy sessions do not run during school holidays or on Public Holidays. Entry is free for up to two children under 5 when accompanied by a paying adult.
Event Cinemas Glendale & Kotara
Get out of the house and go to the movies and bring that squirming, gurgling, fidgeting, bawling bundle of joy. Event Cinemas in Glendale and Kotara offer Bring Your Baby sessions weekly on Mondays at 10:30am, Wednesdays at 12:30pm & Fridays at 10:30am. It’s not just mums who are invited. Any adult carer – mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, auntie, uncle and the babysitter are all welcome.
Lights are dimmed so that you can still see what you are doing when feeding. Prams are not allowed to be taken into the cinema but staff will store them safely for you during the film. Please note: Bring Your Baby sessions are not held during school holidays.
Hoyts Charlestown & Green Hills
Lake Cinema Boolaroo
Lake Cinema Boolaroo is an independent movie cinema in Boolaro and regularly screens family films especially during school holidays. It’s cash only!
Regal Cinemas in Birmingham Gardens is an independent movie cinema and regularly screens family films especially during school holidays. It’s cash only. Get there early for popular sessions.
Heddon Greta Drive-In
Enjoy a drive-in movie at Heddon Greta Drive-in. They screen movies every Friday and Saturday evening, and 7 nights during school holidays (except early December). You’ll need a car and an FM radio, either in your car or a portable FM radio.
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Newcastle Permanent Cinema Under the Stars
Newcastle Permanent Cinema Under the Stars organises free outdoor family movies every January in Newcastle, Speers Point, Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens and Singleton. Gates open at 5.30pm and screening starts at sundown. Fantastic live music kicks the evening off alongside other family entertainment.
Lake Macquarie Festival
As part of the Lake Mac Festival on Australia Day, Lake Macquarie City Council organises a family movie starting at midday. It’s part of a free family fun day including live music, kids’ activities, a movie on the big screen and a spectacular fireworks finale!
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