Top 10 Kid-Friendly Cinemas in Brisbane
You’ve been that parent. We all have. The one with the beet-faced screaming baby. Or the toddler careering through the crowd and darting out of reach. The over-tired pre-schooler having a meltdown. You know all too well what it’s like to be on the receiving end of frosty stares of disapproval and whispered critiques of your parenting skills. Maybe you’ve given in to the fun police and you’ve avoided the cinema for ages. The good news is that you don’t have wait until your kids are older and less, well…kid-like, to reacquaint yourself with the magic of the silver screen. Our top ten list of the best kid-friendly cinemas in Brisbane will have you reaching for the popcorn and re-joining the ticket queue…with the kids in tow.
1. Dendy Cinema Portside
Portside Wharf, Remora Road, Hamilton
The jewel in the crown of the Hamilton Northshore urban renewal project, Dendy Portside Cinemas boasts an unrivalled location close to the river. Sharing its home with an international cruise ship terminal, it’s a hub of activity. Nestled amongst retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, it’s also in close proximity to the Eat Street Markets where you can broaden your kid’s palates with the best street food Brisbane has to offer. Tickets will set you back $18 for adults and $13 for children. However, you can get discounted tickets by joining Club Dendy. Best of all, Dendy Portside runs Reel Bubs sessions most Thursdays for parents and carers with young children. Reduced sound levels, low lighting and a carefree atmosphere, it’s an ideal place to venture out with your little one. Tickets are $10 including morning tea and children under 5 are free. Again, expect to pay slightly more for a 3D movie. Find out more here or at http://www.dendy.com.au
2. South Bank Cinemas
167 Grey Street, (Corner if Ernest Street), South Bank, Brisbane
You’ll find South Bank Cinemas located less than a stone’s throw from some of Brisbane’s most kid-friendly parklands, museums and attractions. Whilst it’s no longer an official IMAX cinema, its massive screen is still put to use screening some of the best films on offer. And best of all, you can linger longer at the candy bar because the tickets are at very family-friendly prices. For 2D screenings on the weekend and weeknights after 6pm you can expect to pay a bargain $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for a children. However, if you have a spare Tuesday up your sleeve you can duck in and enjoy a reduced ticket price of $6.50 an adult. Expect to pay a fraction more for 3D screenings at all sessions. Click here for more information. http://www.cineplex.com.au
3. Hawthorne Cinemas
261 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne.
For a wonderful retro experience, step back in time and make Hawthorne Cinemas the focus of your family movie outing. It’s also home to one of the best child-friendly cafes around, the Ooniverse Café. Your kids will enjoy their healthy and varied menu. There’s also the added bonus of wonderful staff and great activities involving paint and modelling clay. You’ll also find that Hawthorne Cinemas are ideally located near Hawthorn Park. The park boasts a fully-fenced playground, shade sails and sheltered picnic tables. All up, you’ll have a great day out as a family in Hawthorne. Check out all that Hawthorne Cinemas has to offer here. http://www.cineplex.com.au
4. Event Cinemas Chermside
Westfield Shopping Centre, Corner Gympie Road and Hamilton Road, Chermside
Event Cinemas Chermside is close to not one but TWO of Brisbane’s best parks…The Kidspace playground at Seventh Brigade Park in Chermside and the closely guarded secret that is the Hidden World playground in Fitzgibbon. But if it’s too hot or rainy to play outside, head inside and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of Event Cinemas Chermside. You’ll find a mum-friendly café with built in jumping castle, play area, bowling alley and a game arcade right outside the movie theatres! There are weekend family flicks on offer as well as Bring your Baby sessions most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays except during school holidays. Tickets for the Bring your Baby sessions are $10 with under 5’s free. For more information click here. http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/cinema/chermside
5. Loganholme Hyperplex Cinemas
Corner Pacific Highway and Bryants Road, Shailer Park
Loganholme Cinemas also offers Mummy and Me sessions most Wednesdays with an adult ticket setting you back a mere $8.50 and under 4’s free. Oh, and did I mention free coffee and cake?
There’s also a loyalty program for kids aged 3 – 14, Cine Buzz Crew. With its free membership, you kid’s will have access to discounted tickets and movie-themed games, puzzles and activities. Find out more about Event Cinemas at Loganholme here. http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/loganholme/
6. Event Cinemas Carindale
Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Road, Carindale
If you’re looking for a whole day out, head to Westfield Carindale. Home to the brand spanking new Carindale Library, there’s plenty on offer to entertain the kids.
Westfield Carindale is also home to We Play Family Fun Centre, an underwater-themed, multi-level play centre for kids. It also has a specially-equipped toddler area. There’s ample opportunity to let your kids burn off their excess energy before you unleash them on the unsuspecting cinema-going public. And when you do, you can do it in style at Event Cinemas Carindale.
Here you’ll also find a great program of Weekend Family Flicks. You can choose from the best family films and current releases at a reduced price of $6 a ticket if you’re a member of Cine Buzz, a loyalty program. Membership is free.
Carindale Cinemas also offers Bring your Baby sessions. Tickets are $10 an adult with under 5’s free. This drops to $9 if you are also a member of Cine Buzz Rewards. Learn more about it here. http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/
7. Events Cinemas at Browns Plains
Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains
Combine a movie with some awesome outdoor fun for the kids in Browns Plains. The Browns Plains Cinema is located not that far from the Berrinba Wetlands. Your kids can get back to nature and have a screaming good time on the flying fox and playground equipment, before heading indoors to catch a movie at Event Cinemas in the nearby Grand Plaza Shopping Centre. Again, like most Events Cinemas you can expect Weekend Family Flicks and Bring your Baby sessions, making your movie experience just that little bit more family- friendly. Click here to find out more. http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/cinema/browns-plains
8. Palace Barracks Cinemas
61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Palace Barracks Cinemas are the home of arthouse, cult classics and foreign language films but don’t think for a second that it’s not family-friendly. Located close to Suncorp Stadium so you can easily combine a match and a movie. Alternatively, there a whole host of other kid-friendly things to do nearby, including the South Bank Park and Lagoon, Brisbane Wheel, Ithaca Swimming Pool and Skate Park. There’s cheap tickets to be snapped up at $7 on Bargain Day Mondays. Otherwise, expect to pay $16 for adults and $10 for children each weekday or Saturdays before 5pm, or $18 and $12 respectively on Saturdays after 5pm and public holidays. Again, 3D films cost a little extra. There’s also Babes in Arms Sessions on Thursdays. Enjoy a free morning tea. Tickets are $8 with children under 3 years of free. Find out more here. http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/barracks/
9. Sunnybank Cinemas
Sunnybank Plaza, Mains Street and McCullough Street, Sunnybank
Sunnybank Cinemas offer a kid’s party area and birthday packages for parents who just can’t face yet another post-party, post-apocalyptic clean-up. If that’s not enough, they also boast Hoyts Jnr; special sessions for parents with pre-schoolers. There’s a flat ticket price of $16 for these sessions but that includes a small popcorn and a soft drink in a collectible cup.
Tickets are also cheaper on Super Tuesdays. You’ll be spoiled for choice with the dozens of great Asian-style eateries (including Yum Cha) in close proximity to Hoyts Sunnybank. In fact, the area’s known affectionately as Brisbane’s own ‘little Asia’. You won’t need to wander far to enjoy a great meal either before or after your movie. Check out Sunnybank Cinemas here. http://hoyts.com.au/cinemas/locations/sunnybank.aspx
10. Open Air Cinemas Brisbane
Brisbane has one of the most beautiful climates in Australia. What better way to enjoy it than to head outside and catch a great movie as a family? With Open Air Cinemas Brisbane, you can do just that. The Rainforest Green, South Bank is home to one of the greatest open air cinema experiences on offer in the summer months. Sessions kick off at dusk, though some weekend sessions boast live music beforehand. Kick back, relax and enjoy the twinkling city lights and everything else vibrant South Bank has to offer. Check out your open air cinema options here. http://www.openaircinemas.com.au/brisbane/home
With such a wealth of fabulous, family-friendly cinemas dotted across Brisbane, there’s no excuse to stay at home and watch the same old vegemite-smeared DVD for the fiftieth time.
This school holidays there are awesome kid’s movies playing across cinemas in Brisbane. Grab your car keys, surprise the kids and do the unthinkable. Hang out as a family at the movies.