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When the Christmas fun is over, your wallet is empty, and the school holidays stretch before you, the State Library of Queensland has the answer to a desperate parent's prayer -- a free family film festival running from Wednesday 4 January to Saturday 21 January.
The festival will showcase eight recent-release films rated (G) or (PG), with screenings held at 11am and 1pm most days of the week.
The same eight films will screen throughout the festival, but times and days for particular films will change each week. So if you can't make a movie at an early screening, you'll have a chance to catch it later on.
The movies have been chosen to cater for children from under-5s to early teens. They include the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid (currently Brisbane's Number 1 selling book), and the Oscar-nominated Fantastic Mr Fox, an animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, featuring the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep.
Horton Hears a Who (G) Chicken Little (PG) Happily N'ever After (G) Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) Hoodwinked (G) Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) Gnomeo and Juliet (G) Gulliver's Travels (PG)
The Look! exhibition will feature work by Australia's best picture-book illustrators.
While you're at the library, you could also take your children to the Look! exhibition in Gallery 2.
This exhibition displays original artworks, sketches and drawings by more than 40 of Australia's most talented picture-book illustrators, and the films chosen for the festival have been inspired by this theme. There'll be a range of children's activities related to the Look! exhibition, including a space where kids can create their own illustrations, and an outdoor reading area with swings, storybooks and a sandpit.
With so much great stuff going on, it won't be hard to fill a morning, an afternoon, or even a whole day at the library.
For descriptions of all the movies, and details of screening days and times, visit the library's family film festival webpage. For details of the Look! exhibition and children's activities, visit the Look! webpage.