With school holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start planning some activities to stop the kids from climbing the walls and battering you with cries of boredom. Luckily Event Cinemas Glendale has a boatload of family movies being released over the break and some special screenings for mums too.
The re-creation of the famous series of books and animations Paddington gets released on December 11th, with a special advanced screening on December 7th at 11 am. Tickets are $10 for this charity event with proceeds being donated to the Children's Hospital Foundations Australia.
December 18th sees the release of Annie. This adaptation of the 1977 musical Annie features an all-star cast including Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie. It's also produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z.
Picked to be the big release of the holidays is Big Hero 6, which starts screening on December 26th. Another release form Disney, this animated movie features and awkwardly honest, over sized, inflatable robot that becomes an unlikely hero and will have the whole family in stitches.
Another Boxing Day release is Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb. The third chapter in this successful series of box office hits, Secret of the Tomb features an A-list of stars including Ben Stiller, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, our own Rebel Wilson and of course Robin Williams in one of his last on-screen performances.
Cafe at the movies
The new-year brings the release of Penguins of Madagascar on January 1st. This is the fourth episode of the popular 3D animated Madagascar adventures and follows the penguins from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in a spy thriller style family fun adventure.
January 8th will be the opening release of Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep as a witch who conspires to teach characters of different children's stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stalk valuable lessons.
Paper Planes screens for the first time on January 15th. This Aussie movie follows the story of one boy's love for flight and his journey to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. It stars Sam Worthington and Peter Rowsthorn.
For the older kids as well as mum and dad, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies first screens on December 26th. This latest twist in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit saga is also set to be one of the biggest releases of the year.
A special 'Chicks at the Flicks' advanced screening of the movie The Water Diviner featuring Russell Crowe will be showing on December 17th for mums to take a break and relax for a while. Tickets are $27 and include a bonus gift bag and pre-film entertainment.
Intencity has all the latest arcade games
If you want a special movie experience, try out Event Cinemas Glendale's Vmax cinema. It features a 20 meter digital screen, extra comfortable seating and a huge surround sound experience. The cinema also hosts parties and if all that's still not enough to keep the kids amused, try turning up a couple of hours early to check out Intencity. This fun gamming zone has all the latest release arcade games and in addition to spending hours of fun playing they can earn credit tokens to win prizes.
Tickets for Event Cinemas Glendale are $6.50 for children and $8.50 for adults all holidays for general movies. Add an extra $3 for a Vmax experience and $4 for 3D films and with the viewing line up over the break, school holidays will be a breeze.