Best Kid-Friendly Outdoor Cinemas In Sydney
Sydneysiders love to make the most of summer days and balmy nights – and what better way to do it than to bring the best of the indoors, outside!
Outdoor movies are a quintessential summer activity, and there are loads of family-friendly events that the kids will love. Here’s our pick of the best kid-friendly outdoor cinemas in Sydney.
Ben&Jerry’s Openair Cinema Inner West - Cadigal Green at Sydney University
Blockbuster movies light up the huge screen at dusk at Cadigal Green at Sydney University, just 5 minutes walk from Redfern Station. As well as popular releases, you can enjoy tasty food, a licensed bar and live music. Don’t miss their ‘Sundae Session’ where they hand out FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all!
When: 25 November- 21 December 2016
Strathfield Movies in the Park - Strathfield Park, Between Homebush and Chalmers Roads, Strathfield
Catch FREE outdoor movies in Strathfield Park on selected Saturday nights through summer. Make the most of the cinema experience and pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chairs and your friends and family to enjoy the great entertainment. Kid-friendly highlights include The Good Dinosaur, Zootopia & Inside Out!
When: Saturday 19 November 2016 – 8 April 2017
Movies by the Boulevard - Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
The hugely popular Movies by the Boulevard will be back this summer for another huge year! Catch some of the best films FREE at this great venue. Arrive early for a selection of tasty food, drinks and snacks, or pack a picnic and rug and have a leisurely evening under the stars. There will be kids activities (on selected nights) including movie theme based colouring in and cutting out, balloon sculpture and face-painting. Kid-friendly highlights include Zootopia, Storks, The Lion King, The Jungle Book & The Secret Life Of Pets.
When: Saturday 7 to Saturday 22 January 2017
Little Darlings Night Owls Kids Film Fest- Darling Quarter
This big film fest for little people is not to be missed – and it’s FREE! From the freshest new kids’ flicks to classic cinema moments, the festival is a cracking outing for the little ones, including loads of pre-film fun from 6pm each evening of the Night Owls program. Kid-friendly highlights include Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, The Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Shaun the Sheep Movie.
When: 6 to 25 January 2017
Moonlight Cinema – Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
The original, and still the best! Moonlight Cinema in beautiful Centennial Park is one of the most popular outdoor cinema experiences in Sydney. It sells out fast and is almost always busy so avoid queues by booking online and bringing a picnic. Don’t forget a blanket and some comfy cushions too!
When: 1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
Ben&Jerry’s Openair Cinema Bondi - Dolphin Lawn, Bondi Beach
You can’t go past a cinema experience at Sydney’s most iconic beach. Sea air and laid back vibe (deck chairs available) make this is summer must-do. Cinema-goers can chill out before their movie with bands, food, and ice-cream, then films light up the huge outdoor movie screen under the moonlight from dusk. Ben & Jerry’s “Sundae Sessions” include free music and ice-cream on Sundays!
When: 19 Jan to 26 Feb 2017
Sunset Cinema - North Sydney Oval, Cnr Miller and Ridge Streets, North Sydney
The hallowed turf of the North Sydney Oval outfield will see people of all ages and walks of life come and experience movies in the great outdoors! The outfield is lush & green, but you might still want something more comfy to sit on! Pizza is available or pack a picnic.
When: 19 Jan – 18 March 2017
Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema - Castle Hill Showground
Sydney’s pop-up cinema is camping at Castle Hill Showground! Get ready to tuck into the street style food stall catering to the whole family. For the little movie-goers there is the great value $10 kids’ menu. Kid-friendly movie highlights include Trolls, Red Dog True Blue, Moana, Monster Trucks and Sing.
When: 12 Jan to 12 Feb 2017
Cinema in the Park - Victoria Park, Great Western Highway, St Marys
Enjoy a FREE evening of family movie under the stars! Victoria Park is the setting for the outdoor screening of the blockbuster live-action movie ‘The Jungle Book’. Get there for 6pm to enjoy free activities including bubble soccer, a play van and free face painting.
When: 3 Dec 2016
Mov’In Bed- The Crescent, Parramatta Park
The largest outdoor bed cinema experience in the world! When the night start to get cooler, get comfortable with a fabulous flick under the stars in the warmth of a warm bed. A truly unique experience!
When: 2 March 2017- 3 April 2017
Skyline Drive In Cinema - Cricketers Arms Road, Blacktown
50 years on and Blacktown Drive In has seen a revival, transforming into Skyline Drive In. They offer a nostalgic yet new experience with the latest Hollywood blockbusters, ‘Happy Days’ style retro diner and a truly unique night of fun. They usually have one film screened a day - keep an eye on their website to catch something perfect for the kids.
When: throughout the summer
Enjoy your evening out with the kids with out top tips for a fabulous outdoor cinema experience!