Best Kid-Friendly Outdoor Cinemas In Sydney

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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.


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 Elf, Coco and Incredibles 2. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is also in the lineup.
When: 10 November 2018 to 6 April 2019

American Express Openair Cinemas - Sydney University, Camperdown 
Kicking off in January, this one is popular with inner-westies - and not just for its movies. You can also expect DJs and live music, plus your furry friends are encouraged with free doggy treats and canine couches. The full program will be announced soon. 
When: 11 Jan 2019- 17 Feb 2019

Movies by the Boulevard - Sydney Olympic Park 

Watch classics and blockbusters under the stars for free. New releases for kids such as Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Coco. Plus date night picks such as Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther. This year will also include a special extended Australia Day program and massive variety of FREE entertainment and activities on selected nights.
When: From 12 Jan 2019


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. With films running every night excluding Mondays, it sells out fast and is almost always busy - avoid the queues by booking online and bringing a picnic. This year's family flicks include Smallfoot; Incredibles 2Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald and a special sing-a-long screening of last year’s smash hit The Greatest Showman. Don’t forget a blanket and some comfy cushions too, or get in early to grab some Bean Beds - they're $9.00 each and sell like hotcakes! Tickets for several family-friendly films are available at Family Pass Prices.
When: 29 November 2018 to 31 March 2019

Mov'nBed – Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
If you find cinema chairs too stuffy and bean bags are just not for you, perhaps you need a bed to watch your movies. Mov’in bed cinema is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world and brings in a 150 queen size beds with LED-lit bedside tables, some comfy pillows and even a blankie in case it gets chilly. The movies are all the latest and greatest and we love that you can get food from Burger Project and Fratelli Fresh brought directly to your bed. Oh and we are so there for the bottomless popcorn! Tickets for the bed cinema are $40 per person or $74 for a couple. Date night just got cosy! 

P.S Mov’in Bed are also doing something special that will remind you of your childhood sleepovers - a massive pillow fight! On 3rd March 2019 before the movie (Bohemian Rhapsody no less) starts, everyone will be called onto the battlefield for an epic one minute pillow fight. 
When: 30 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

American Express Open Air Cinema - Dolphin Lawn, Bondi Beach 
Previously called Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinema, you can’t go past a cinema experience at Sydney’s most iconic beach. Sea air and the laid back vibe (deck chairs available) make this a summer must-do, and there's a film showing every night of the week. Bondi too out of the way? Check out the American Express Open Air Cinema in Pyrmont instead. Get there early to secure some good seats, and so you you can chill out over a picnic before the films light up under the moonlight from dusk. 
When: Bondi 31 Jan - 3 March 2019. Pyrmont: 21 Nov 2018 - 16 December 2018


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 and green, but you might still want something more comfy to sit on.

New to the Sunset Cinema this year are the FREE Junior Sunsetter activity packs - this means you can head the North Sydney Oval early to soak up some rays while the kids are kept entertained, before settling down to watch one of the family-friendly movies on offer once the sun sets. Pack a picnic, or order off the The Greens' epicurean onsite menu, which includes options for the kids, not to mention boutique wine, craft beer, and a little something for your sweet tooth.   
When: 17 January 2019 to 30 March 2019 


Christmas Movies In Darling Harbour - Darling Quarter Village Green
What better way to warm up for Christmas than with with four nights of FREE festive films, including Elf, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Sit back on a picnic blanket on the Darling Quarter Village Green grass for the 6pm or 8.30pm film (or both!). Pack some snacks or grab something yummy to eat nearby (see below). 
When: 20-23 December 2018

Night Owls Kids’ Film Festival - Darling Quarter Village Green
We love this FREE cinema under the stars! With live entertainment from local musicians, entertainers and artists each night, plus short films from Little Big Shots, a family feature films, the kids will be thrilled. Or if you want to leave the kids at home with a sitter there's also after-hours films for the adults on dedicated nights. The program boasts an exciting mix of contemporary and classic films to choose from over the course of 17 nights. Also check out our guide to eating at Darling Harbour with kids.
When: 4-20 January 2019

St George Open Air Cinema - Mrs Maquaries Point
Possibly the city's most picturesque outdoor cinema, you may even have trouble watching the film for the views! Expect an exciting mix of preview and premiere screenings as well as some recently released favourites. Plus a fully licenced bar and decent food for purchase, this is a sophisticated night out (so maybe leave the young kids at home!). 
When: Until 19 February, 2019

American Express Open Air Cinema - Metcalfe Park, Pyrmont (next to Star Casino)
With a great mix of films for a family night and date night (from A Star Is Born to Elf and Love Actually), head to Metcalfe Park and get comfy with an old or new favourite film. 
When: 21 Nov 2018 - 16 December 2018


Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema - Castle Hill Showground
Sydney’s pop-up cinema is camping at Castle Hill Showground and full of kid-friendly films. Gates open at 6.30pm, get in early to grab a good spot, before chilling over NY-style Epic Pizza...if you're with a few families, go for the 22" pizza on the menu! Bean bags can be ordered for $15.00 each with your ticket purchase. 
When: Stay tuned for early 2019 dates 


Skyline Drive In Cinema - Cricketers Arms Road, Blacktown
50 years on and Blacktown Drive In has seen a revival, transforming into the Skyline Drive In. Expect an old-school experience featuring the hottest new films, and ‘Happy Days’ style retro diner for a film experience like no other. There's typically one film screened each night - keep an eye on their website to catch something perfect for you and the kids.                                       
When: Throughout the year. 

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