Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Park off at the movies
The after dark movies in the park season draws to a close in April. If you haven't quite managed to get down to the park this summer, to watch a great variety of movies, take a look at what's on offer for the final month of outdoor screenings. If you are spending the Easter holidays on the Gold Coast then there are three evenings when you can take the whole family to watch a movie, at no cost.
Check out the movies below, pack a picnic and head off to the park.
If you love the Super Hero movies, get along to Pizzey Park (Skate Park, Pacific Boulevard entry) to see The Avengers. Earth's mightiest heroes: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow are required to use their powers, to save the world from disaster, in their fight against an unexpected enemy. It's rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout". If you are an action buff, this one's for you.
From the creators of Ice Age comes Rio - colourful, entertaining and lots of fun for kids (rated PG). Set in Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil we follow Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind, on a comedy adventure. Leaving the comfort of his cage in small town Minnesota he heads to Rio. This heart-warming story is all about friendship, love and courage and being open to life's many wonders. The characters and the music are what made the film for my kids. The movie stars the voice talents of: Anne Hathaway, George Lopez and Jesse Eisenberg. It will be screened at Hessian Park, Discovery Drive, Helensvale.
Red Dog on Sat 13 April
Red Dog is back and showing in Viney Park, Yaun Street, Upper Coomera. It's one of my favourite Australian movies as I love the outback setting, the redness of the earth, the rich mix of characters and the ability it has to make me laugh and cry. Based on a true story, it follows the travels of a dog who belongs to no-one, yet belongs to everyone. It's set in WA's Pilbara region, in a mining community where work is hard and men are hard, reminding us sometimes you pick your dog, sometimes your dog picks you".
Avatar on Sat 20 April
This American epic science fiction film is pretty intense and long (161 mins), is action laden, with dazzling effects and is rated M. There are some heavy battle and hunting sequences and lots of explosions. It follows paraplegic war veteran, Jake Sully, who is brought to another planet called Pandora in place of his brother, with the promise of getting his legs back if he helps the government on a mission. The landscapes on Pandora are like a Chinese painting - all mountains, rivers, mist and pinnacles and the colors in the film make for a visually breathtaking experience.
The Green Hornet on Sat 20 April
The Green Hornet is also showing on Sat 20 April so you have a choice between this film and Avatar, above. Avatar is showing in Oxenford at Damian Leeding Memorial Park. The Green Hornet is on at Firth Park in Mudgeeraba. Perhaps the venue will make the decision for you.
Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, a rich spoiled playboy and now heir to his father's large company, teams up with Kato, and together they become a masked crime fighting team. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz, this action comedy is rated an M.