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Moonlight Cinema and a picnic in Kings Park

Moonlight Cinemas

After work last night we decided to head on down to Kings Park for a picnic.

The weather was still gloriously warm at about 6pm and it seemed a perfect way to relax and wind down whilst letting the little lad run his legs off.

For a four year old he appears to have limitless energy and having such a vast space within 10 minutes drive seemed as good a place as any for him to have a run around before bedtime.

So we packed up the cool bag with sandwiches, Christmas cake (which we are still eating…yummy), juice and a nice bottle of white and headed on down to our favourite part of the park, the Western Power Parklands which has a great play area for the kids and a huge expanse of grassland for us adults to lounge around on.

When we got down to Kings park we quickly became aware that there had been a fantastic addition since we were last down there. At one end of the Synergy Parklands (which is an even larger stretch of grassland on a gentle slope adjoining the park), a huge outdoor cinema screen had been erected.

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I had read that there were a number of outdoor cinemas which open during the summer months but keep forgetting that the seasons are reverse in Australia and we already well into our first Australian summer.

Although the show was not on at the time we arrived (it kicks off at sun down which is appropriately 8:30pm) it was great to chill out whilst listening to the ‘funky grooves’ that played whilst the cinemas patrons took their seats (most of which were carried in by hand).

The cinema is run by a company called Moonlight Cinemas who run cinemas in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. For $12 (about five quid) or $8 for children (under 5’s are free) you can buy a ticket to one of the latest releases (or more retro depending on the day) and simply chill out on a picnic blanket or chair whilst watching the film.

If you really want to live the high life, for $28 you can buy a ‘Gold Grass’ ticket. These tickets give you prime viewing spots, a glass of bubbly when you enter the venue and best of all a super comfy bean bed to lay down on whilst watching the movie.

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I really cannot think of a better way to watch a film then chilling out under the stars whilst eating a picnic and sipping on a cool beer. Whether or not the little lad would be able to stay awake through a whole movie is another matter though. Still, it would be a treat for all of us and worst case is he’ll drop off, we’ll cover him in a blanket and then load him into the back of the car once the films finished.

Expect a full review once we’ve watched our first movie.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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