Melbourne's Moonlight Cinema is the perfect way to spend an evening with family and friends on a balmy night. In the heart of the Central Lawn at the Royal Botanic Gardens, though reminiscent of the drive-ins (remember them?) it's much more social, with a great feel of a community coming together under the stars for a fun night out.
Complete with coffee van, a bar and movie snacks, be sure to read the FAQs and head out early to procure a good parking spot. Moonlight venues are cashless, so don't forget to bring your credit, debit or gift card to purchase food, beverage or bean beds on site. You are of course also welcome to BYO food and drinks, including alcohol. That means you can plan a great picnic onsite, but be sure to leave no rubbish behind.
The grounds get a little damp at the end of the night, so be sure your picnic rug has a waterproof backing so you don't find yourself sitting on wet grass. There is of course always the luxury of Gold Grass for a pampered experience at this outdoor cinema or you could simply hire a bean bag for $9. Those who bring chairs will be directed to sit further back for obvious reasons. I'd suggest you take a little torch with you as well, as unlike a regular cinema, there are no lights that go up at the end of the film for illumination, and you could find yourself scrambling for your things in the dark.
Finally, the February program is out, with the March program following hot on its heels mid Feb. It's easy enough to look up online, but you can also download the program. The rest of January is filled with a few must-see gems, so don't miss out. If you're a hard core Ferrell fan, there's no way you're going to want to miss Holmes & Watson; and the list goes on! Aquaman! Come on! Momoa in an underwater kick-arse wonderland? Another must-see! A Star is Born, Green Book, Widows, The Favourite and Vice are neck to neck in the batch of good movies released this year.
February brings Golden Globe Awards nominated Ralph Breaks The Internet and a few other long-awaited jewels. Queen fans will not be disappointed with Bohemian Rhapsody and there's a special Sing-Along event on Thu 7 Feb. Rami Malek is formidable as Freddie Mercury, so be sure to head out to this special version of a Golden Globe-winning biopic.
Aquaman returns for the kids on the first day of Feb, and other kid friendly family selections includes the aforementioned Ralph Breaks the Internet, Bumblebee, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Mary Poppins Returns.Instant Family has got kids in it, but it sits on the borderline of being enjoyable for adults as well. You might be expecting another Daddy's Home, but I assure you, you might need to take a tissue box with you for this one.
To kick off the month of family fun, Moonlight Cinema will host a special screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet with FREE entertainment, face-painting and giveaways on Saturday 2 February, 2019. There will also be fun prizes for kids who dress up as their favourite Disney character. Remember, with family saver passes to select G and PG rated films at Moonlight, offered at a special discount, it's one of the most affordable outings a family of four can have! Gather the kids, a few snacks and head down to the Botanical Gardens this February to cosy-up together as the sun sets, to enjoy the magic of movies on the big screen as a family.