Getting kids out of the house in the holidays with ‘Vjunior’ cinemas

Taking small children to the movies is not for the faint-hearted. But staying at home can be worse. Village opens more 'Vjunior' cinemas designed for the 'fun'.

Many years ago, before I became a parent, I fantasised about how I might share my love of cinema with my child. We would sit quietly in the dark, watching Disney classics and Miyazaki films, working our way up to more challenging fare as he grew.

After a couple of traumatic ‘Mother and baby’ sessions, where I spent the whole time chasing him up and down the aisle, I realised it would be harder than I thought to combine films with family. Staying at home with a DVD (as it was then) was certainly easier, but still we kept trying, especially during the dreaded school holidays when the freezing rain fell outside and the boredom roared inside. It hardly mattered what was playing on screen. The outing was the point. And the Candy Bar.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk