School holidays means an exciting line-up of new release movies for kids, and a day out to the cinema can be a great way to enjoy some family time and get out of the house for a little fun.

Here, we share a few tips to keep the kids and the budget happy with a trip to the movies. Plus, the list of movies your kids want to see for the September School Holidays!

Keeping it cheap

There are a few ways to make sure that a day out at the cinema is not only fun, but budget-friendly too. Our top tips for cheaper ticket are;

  • Go on discount days; most cinemas offer discount ticket days - Tuesdays are to be the most common . Event cinemas have a school holiday movie special - only $10 - check it out.
  • Search online; for coupon codes
  • Check grocery dockets; the back of your receipt often includes offers
  • Use your loyalty programs; many services offer discounted tickets such as your telco and insurance company - use them
  • Win them; if your kids are particularly savvy, radio stations often offer call-in-to-win movie ticket competitions, so get them tuning in and trying their luck!

Don't forget to pack your own snacks. Movie treats can be quite expensive when bought at the cinema. Packing a bag of snacks and not only can you save money, but you can regulate portion sizes and keep treats on the healthier side, too.

School Holiday Fun & Saving Money

A trip to the cinemas is a great opportunity to get the kids practicing saving skills, too! Putting aside money to contribute to or cover the costs of their tickets and snacks is a way to see how discipline in saving can lead to positive results, and reinforce how making sensible spending choices leads to increased savings.

So, the kids have saved a little money and want to hit the cinema - what should they see? Here are the top picks for the kids this spring school holidays.

Captain Underpants
Rated G | IMDB Rating 6.3/10
Based on the hugely successful novels by Dav Pilkey, the movie follows the adventures of George and Harold as they hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants. One for the whole family, it’s said to be quite hilarious!

Rated PG | IMDB Rating 6.3/10
Young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya must use their skills to defend their island home, Ninjago. By night, they’re using their impressive skills fight villains and monsters; by day, they're regular teens struggling against their greatest challenge: school. A good one for older kids/tweens.

The Emoji Movie
Rated G | IMDB Rating 2.1/10
In Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone, Gene - a multi-expressional emoji sets out on a quest to become a “normal” emoji with just one expression. The Emoji Movie has received some poor reviews, but certainly some kids love the concept.

Are you heading to the movies with the kids these school holidays?! We’d love to hear what you’re seeing, and your top tips for saving cash at the cinema!