Escape the heat over the school summer holidays and head to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to watch a whole bunch of interesting movies in air conditioned comfort.
This summer, ACMI's Kids' Ficks program includes traditional Christmas movies alongside Japanese animation and a Disney classic, too.
All movies stick to the usual bargain ACMI prices, a mere $7 for full priced tickets, or just $9 for 3D movies including the hire of glasses. ACMI Members receive an extra discount on tickets, at just $5 for full priced tickets, or $7 for 3D movies. Join ACMI's Membership program to take advantage of discounted tickets and events here.
ACMI Kids' Flicks Summer Program:
Sat 6 Dec to Wed 15 Dec
A British Christmas comedy movie based around a school nativity play, featuring Martin Freeman as the schoolteacher.
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! G
Tue 16 Dec to Fri 19 Dec
A sequel to Nativity! this time featuring British Actor David Tennant of Dr. Who fame. The school antics continue, with the new teacher (David Tennant) forced to accompany his class on a road trip to a holiday music competition.
The Muppet Christmas Carol G
Sat 20 Dec to Wed 24 Dec
The good ol' Muppets feature in a movie length adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic Christmas story, with Michael Caine playing Ebenezer Scrooge.
Land of the Bears 3D G
Sat 27 Dec to Wed 7 Jan
This is the first nature documentary shot in 3D, following brown bears emerging from hibernation found in the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East.
Wed 31 Dec to Fri 7 Jan
A US animation following Arrietty, a tiny four-inch 14-year-old girl who lives with her family (The Clocks) beneath the floorboards of a sprawling Tokyo mansion, surviving on borrowing items the big people in the house.
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants 3D G
Thu 8 Jan to Thu 22 Jan
A movie feature based on French TV series Minuscule, this time following a war between rival ant colonies that exist in an otherwise peaceful forest. The black and the red ants are fighting over the big prize; a box of sugar cubes, with the black ants joining forces with a young ladybird to save the colony from the evil red ant invasion.
My Neighbour Totoro G
Thu 15 Jan to Fri 30 Jan
A1988 Japanese animated fantasy film following two girls that move to the country to find that they share their new home with giant furry creature called Totoro that only they can see. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award for Best Film in 1988.
The Little Mermaid 3D G
Fri 23 Jan to Sun 1 Feb
Disney's movie adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale following the story of a mermaid who dreams of becoming human. This 1989 movie is one of Walt Disney studio's last animated films to use traditional hand-painted cels.
Go to ACMI Kids' Flicks online page to book your tickets in advance.