REVIEW: Open air cinemas – more than just a movie night!

05 April 2018

Movie nights are a bit of an institution in our house. Those Friday nights when the kids are tired, I’m more tired, and cooking just isn’t going to menu. There’s nothing better than grab a takeaway, pop on a family-friendly movie and hang with the fam-bam.

However, the clever people at Open Air Movie Nights have taken the movie night into a whole new realm, combining it with a stack of other family-friendly activities and making it an event that’s at the top of our To-Do list!

So, we went along to their recent movie night at Aussie World to see what all the fuss was about.

Held at The Shed at Aussie World, it was the perfect venue. Being indoors the on/off rain outside couldn’t dampen the evening, yet there was plenty of space for the kids. (And best of all, there was a bar for the grown ups!). And with prize giveaways, popcorn, fairy floss, and live music to get the evening going, there was stacks of fun and games to entertain everyone until the movie started.

The highlight for the kids was, without a doubt, unlimited free access to the ‘Stockshed Speedway Dodgems’ (the Aussie World bumper cars) included in the ticket. With their wrist bands on, the bambinos had an absolute blast going round… and around… and around… and around. The rest of the park was closed but there was something really cool about having exclusive access to the park after hours!

The result? A really fun, family-friendly evening with something for everyone. I always appreciate events that make sure that both kids and parents are catered for – and this one ticked all the boxes.

Open Air Movie Nights now put on regular events across the Sunshine Coast, each one a little different from the last. The next one is a Chick Flick night at Sunshine Coast Turf Club, showing Dirty Dancing. Ah, Patrick… my first love. Might need to leave the kids at home for that one!

Find out details on their next events and more at

Dirty Dancing Sunshine Coast

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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  • Guest - Joel
    Thanks for the wonderful review Angela!

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