Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Get down to the park, after dark
For those who haven't yet discovered Movies Under the Stars, let me introduce you to a great free family night out, courtesy of Gold Coast City Council. Movies Under the Stars are shown in a host of parks throughout the Gold Coast. You take your chairs/rug/picnic/popcorn and find a spot in the park by the big screen (which has been set up for the evening). The movie season runs from October through to April in a number of park venues. Movies start at 7pm.
So what's on offer for January, 2013?
The New Year kicks off with: Rango on Sat 5 January It's showing at Norfolk Park, Halfway Park, Ormeau. Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
Check out the Adventure of a lifetime, make that the Adventure of 9 lifetimes, with the events leading up to the meeting of this notorious feline fighter, with Shrek and his friends.
Same night viewing gives an offering of: ET on Sat 12 January at Palm Beach Parklands, Goldcoast Highway, Palm Beach.
3 million light years from home, ET the alien arrives on earth. Lost and alone, he meets Elliot and their adventure begins. First released in 1982, re released in 2002, can this movie really be 30 years old? Now I am showing my age, as it was huge when we watched it in the 80's. Relive the "phone home", take your kids for a trip down memory lane and enjoy the movie, which was the highest-grossing film of all time, until Jurassic Park broke the record 10 years later.
Meet the Robinsons on Fri 18 January
Is showing at Lansdowne Park, Landsdowne Drive, Ormeau Hills
An animated family film by Walt Disney, it follows the story of Lewis, an orphan who dreams of finding his family. Meet the Robinsons, who are not your average family…
The Lorax on Sat 19 January
Is on at Central Park, Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines.
Based on the Dr. Seuss' children's book, published in 1971, it carries a message that still rings true today, with its ecological warning. If you are a Dr. Seuss fan get down to Central Park on 19 January.
Men in Black 3 on Sat 19 January
is the next movie offering. This one is showing at Justin's Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads. The mission is monitoring extraterrestrial activity on Earth. To this end, Agent J travels in time, to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Red Dog on Sat 26 January
Is the last movie in January. It's showing at Viney Park, Yaun Street, Coomera.
It's an outback movie, based on a true story, about the travels of a dog through WA's Pilbara region. He unites a community and weaves in and out of the community's interconnecting stories. It's a tear jerker too so take some tissues.
Movie nights are free, it's a great way to meet up with family & friends and all you need to do is turn up - so get down to the park after dark and watch a family movie. All the above are rated PG. For more info/ to reconfirm dates and times and check if the weather looks uncertain, click here or phone 5581 7016.