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Movies screening for kids these school holidays!

Entering the darkness of the movie theatre, popcorn bucket in hand, drink balanced precariously as you wander along the aisle to find your ticketed seat. Our family loves going to the movies. A time to escape from reality and sit in a comfy chair for a couple of hours at Hoyts. Nothing to do other than watch the story unfold. So, what’s on at the cinema these school holidays in Lake Macquarie? We asked the team at Hoyts Cinemas in Charlestown what we can expect.

The War with Grandpa

Release Date: 3rd of December 2020

Rating: PG

Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back – so he has no choice but to declare war. With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even. 


Release Date: 17th of December 2020

Rating: PG

Nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters, so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she’s being punk’d. Or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first super-intelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug!

The Croods: A New Age

Release Date: 26th of December 2020

Rating: PG

The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family. The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans. The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions reach a breaking point. Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together. 

Dragon Rider

Release Date: 1st of January 2021

Rating: PG

Firedrake, the young silver dragon, has had enough of constantly having to hide in a wooded valley. He wants to show the older generation that he is a real dragon. When humans are about to destroy his family’s very last refuge, Firedrake secretly sets off on an adventurous journey with forest brownie Sorrel. He wants to find the “Rim of Heaven”, the dragons’ mysterious haven. On their quest, Firedrake and Sorrel encounter Ben, an orphan and stray, who claims to be a dragon rider. While Ben and Firedrake make friends quickly, Sorrel becomes increasingly distrustful and tries to get rid of the orphan at every opportunity. But the unlikely trio has to learn to pull together because they are being hunted by Nettlebrand. The evil, a dragon-eating monster was created by an alchemist with the aim of tracking down and destroying every dragon on Earth.

Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb

Release Date: 7th of January 2021

Rating: G

When Maya, a headstrong little bee, and her best friend Willi, rescue an ant princess they find themselves in the middle of an epic bug battle that will take them to strange new worlds and test their friendship to its limits.


Release Date: 7th of January 2021

Rating: PG

It centres on Minna, a young girl who misuses her newfound ability to create and control other people’s dreams to teach her bothersome step sister a lesson.

The Witches 

Release Date: 10th of December 2020

Rating: M (recommended for 15+)

Based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic book ‘The Witches’, the story tells the scary, funny, and imaginative tale of a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches!

Don’t forget – Hoyts is the home of free popcorn refills! For Hoyts Rewards members only. Totally free to sign up and comes with a range of awesome benefits for the family!

Check out the full range of movies and session times at Hoyts Charlestown.

See you at the movies this holiday!

School Holidays Guide find out more…

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