Holiday Entertainment For Under 5s

The Best of Summer Movies and Theatre For Little Audiences

Right about now, you may be staring down the barrel of pre-school holidays and endless summer days. This means your kids are at home with you....all the time.

Movies are a tried and true way to kill a few hours, while keeping cool but have you considered what's on at your local theatre?

Sydney Mums Group has done the homework and come up with a list of picks that should be just right for the 5-and-under age group, most particularly, pre-school age (3 - 5), with a couple of great ideas for toddlers. If you find this list useful, let us know by liking and/or commenting and we'll search for more ideas for kids of other ages.

image c/o- Ferdinand the Bull Facebook page

Summer Movie Picks

In my house, we are desperately hanging out for the new CGI-animated Peter Rabbit movie but it's not out til Easter. In the meantime, we are uber excited about:

Ferdinand the Bull

Yes, for parents old enough to remember the daisy-inhaling cartoon bull, Ferdi is back for a new generation. This one looks like being the drawcard of the summer for little peeps, with its colour, comedy, hijinx and loveable hero - a giant bull with a big heart.

Genre: Animation, Comedy
Running Time: 107 MIN
Release Date: 14 December 2017
Watch the Trailer

HOYTS is offering Family Preview Screenings on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December at 2pm.

Paddington 2 image c/o- Paddington Bear Facebook page

Paddington 2

After seeing the original Paddington film with my pre-schooler, I'll admit that it was on the cusp of the pre-schooler / primary schooler attention span. Apart from a CGI-animated Paddington Bear, it's mostly live-action but it's a classic story for children, so the sequel is worthy of inclusion. If your 4-5-year old is a comfortable movie-goer, and has started watching films with 'real-live' human actors, this one should be a lot of fun. And it has an absolutely stellar British cast, for the appreciation of the mums and dads in the audience.

Main Cast: Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi
Genre: Family
Running Time: 103 MIN
Release Date: 21 December 2017
Watch the Trailer

image c/o- Coco Pixar Facebook page


I fell in love with this one when I saw the trailer from Pixar, months ago. The animation looks beautiful and it is based on the colours and carnival-like atmosphere of The Day of the Dead motifs, from Mexican culture. This is the story of a little boy who dreams of being an accomplished musician and goes on a marvellous adventure into a fantasy world. Littlies will be swept up in the spectacle, even if they are on the more 'wriggly' side of pre-school age.

Genre 3D: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Running Time: 127 MIN
Release Date: 26 December 2017
Watch the Trailer

Lah Lah's concert image c/o- Lah Lah's Facebook page

Summer Theatre Picks

Lah Lah's Christmas Concerts

If your toddler is a fan of ABC Kids TV's' Lah Lah's Big Live Band, you might be very interested in popping along to your local RSL or entertainment centre, for this one. From 13 - 18 December, Santa's Got a Brand New Groove will be delighting audiences at Hurstville, Cammeray and Castle Hill venues. Not many live shows are truly suitable for 2 - 4-year olds, with short attention spans but this is an exception. Don't miss out, book now.

The Jeral Puppets image c/o- Puppeteria Facebook page

Puppeteria Summer Shows 2017 - 2018

How cool does this sound? Puppeteria Puppet Theatre in Castle Cove has a full programme of summer performances, perfect for toddler and pre-school age (2 - 5 years).

Pixie's Australian Christmas will run from 13 - 24 December, aimed at 2 - 9- year olds. From 27 December onwards, the JERAL PUPPETS return for a series of shows throughout January, including Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Gingerbread Man and The Magic Toyroom.

Admission is $12 per child and $15 per adult. An experience not to miss!

Jay Laga’aia stars in the new pantomime Puss in Boots (image c/o- City Recital Hall Facebook page)

Puss In Boots

Does your pre-schooler love the cartoon adventures of Puss in Boots? If so, there's a good chance they'll be keen to see the classic tale live on stage, at the City Recital Hall in January. At 80mins running time, I'd recommend this pantomime for ages 4 and up; a great one for the whole family to enjoy. With children's favourite, Jay Laga’aia, playing the role of The Ogre, you can't go wrong with this musical, comedy theatre experience.

Fri 12 Jan: 10.30am and 2pm (Auslan interpreted)
Sat 13 Jan: 10.30am (for children on the autism spectrum) & 2pm

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[INTRO Do you have a gang of under 5s to entertain this summer season? Why not consider our movie and kids theatre picks, from a mum who understands that tricky 2 - 5-year old audience.]

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