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There is so much happening for Adelaide children in film this October School holidays. There are some fun new release movies at the cinema, a film festival and special family films at the drive in. The holidays start off with a long weekend and school closing on Friday the 30th. Here are the details of holiday movie ideas for you to make a note and slot into your diary now.

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER- The Mainline drive in theatre has been screening family nights through the winter, but there has been so much rain I doubt many families would have attended. This is the last night for winter family flicks on at the Gepps Cross Drive-In. Entry is from 5.45 pm and the movie starts at 6.45pm The movie for the night is 'Storks' which is a cutsey animated flick about the storks who used to deliver the babies. They now deliver parcels but someone gets it wrong and they have an unusual delivery. Daylight saving starts in the morning, so it is great time to head off to the drive in. Take your blankets and pillows and have some old fashioned family fun. Then wake Dad up and get him to drive you home.

The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) present Little Big Shots: Australia's International Film Festival for Kids. This event is in most Australian cities and has a new venue for Adelaide at Nova Cinema in Rundle Street this year. These are very easy to understand short films made especially for kids. Many films have won awards at festivals around the world. One film, 'Bear Story' won an Academy Award. They are suitable for ages over 3 years.

Little Big Shots Film Festival
Official poster Little Big Shots Film Festival.

Guest artists include local youth circus, 'Cirkidz' and others who will be giving some mini performances before and after each film. The film sessions last around 60 minutes, so little legs will not get too restless. Also at the festival, there are some giveaways and kids can win some great prizes and vote for their favourite film. Popcorn and refreshments available. A brief outline of the program is below, but please check Little Big Shots website here for more details, online ticket sales and updates.

Little Big Shots 2016 Trailer from Little Big Shots on Vimeo.

Little Big Shots Adelaide Program
10 am Mice and Moon Ages 3
11.30 am Pirates and Bunnies Ages 5
1 pm Parrots and Robots Ages 7
2.30 pm Best of the Fest 2016 Ages 5

10 am Cows and Circuses Ages 3
11.30 am Critters and Rascals Ages 5
1 pm Heroes and Villians Ages 7
2.30 pm Best of the Fest 2016 Ages 5

woodville town hall, film screenings, adelaide,
Enjoy a budget movie day at the heritage Woodville Town Hall in the western suburbs. Image courtesy of City of Charles Sturt.

At 10:30 am there will be a screening of an old favourite ' Toy Story'. There will be a dress up competition for the kids and some prizes. Tickets are $6 with cash payment only as you walk in. Doors open at 10 am. Get there early to get settled in your seat. With limited parking, I would suggest a train ride to nearby Woodville Station. Take the Outer Harbour or Grange line from Adelaide Station.

Petes Dragon school holiday movies Australia

There are some fantastic fun new movies for this school holidays. And most of them I want to go and see. 'The Secret life of Pets' has already started, but may still be screening during the holidays. It is an animated flick and a hilarious look at what pets in apartments in a big city really get up to when their owners go out for the day.

There are some older movies that will be re-released these holidays. Roald Dahl's famous story of Matilda was a big hit years ago. It is a marvellous film of a young girl with telekinetic powers. It would best suit primary school aged kids. The Never Ending Story must be at least 30 years old, but it continues to delight children. It features special effects with real actors in a fantasy story and really worth going to see.

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children, Australia school holiday movies
Amazing stories of unusually gifted children. Official movie poster.

New release movies include; 'Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.' This looks a good choice for over 7 year-olds. This is a fantasy story of weird and unusual children who as outcasts of normal society, all live together in a big old house. A boy goes to investigate after hearing stories from his Grandfather for years about this place.

Also, there is the animated 'Robinson Crusoe: The Wildlife' which will be showing later in October. 'Storks' will be screening over the holidays and a good one for younger kids. Teenagers may enjoy the movie 'Girl Asleep'. This film tells the story of Greta a 15 year-old girl who does not want to leave her childhood behind. She wants to stay with the comforts and security childhood brings.

The Mercury Cinema continues with their "Screenseekers" film program for kids which you can view here.

There is so much on in Adelaide these holidays, so include an outing for some film entertainment for your children.

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When: These movie ideas are for October 2016 holidays.
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