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


Coco

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.

Dates:
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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