Paid collaboration with The Red Dragon Centre
A trip to the cinema is one of our regular school holiday treats and this Easter break will be no different. We love the whole experience of watching a film on the giant screen in the dark and with the surround sound booming.
My children are really looking forward to seeing Peter Rabbit, which is the big release this spring, as well as Disney’s new epic adventure A Wrinkle In Time. Read on for a full list of family-friendly films to watch over the Easter break.
This post is written in association with The Red Dragon Centre as part of our role as family blogger ambassadors. The Cardiff Bay entertainment complex is home to the Odeon cinema, where a family ticket for two adults and two children, or one adult and three children, will cost from just £20, with adults paying kids’ prices for children’s films.
With several family-friendly restaurants and Hollywood Bowl all on site you can make a day of your visit. Parking is free for customers subject to minimum spend and ticket validation.
Special events and offers this Easter include a visit from Cbeebies favourite Bing Bunny and his carer Flop on Easter Sunday 1 April with appearances at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tag your photos on social media with #IMetBing for the chance to win prizes.
Easter dining offers include Kids Eat Free at Bella Italia when purchasing an adult meal. Plus on Easter Sunday and Monday enjoy a free Easter Egg Calzone when you purchase a main meal. You can redeem this in store in conjunction with any other offer, including Kids Eat Free, but be quick; the calzone is only available while stocks last.
Spice Route have an Easter family buffet where children get a free squash; plus every Sunday at Grill & Shake children eat free with every adult main course purchased from the full menu.
Plus there’s half price bowling at Hollywood Bowl every day during the school holidays when you book to bowl before 10am. Simply use the code EASTER1850 at www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk
You can also join the pink pin ‘Malteaser Bowl over the Bunny’ game every day from 4-6pm during the school holidays. Bowl a strike when the pink pin is at the head position to win Malteaser Mini Bunnies. T&Cs apply.
Cadwaladers also have a range of egg-stra special Creme Egg range of indulgent treats. You’ll be able to see how we got on trying them on The Red Dragon Centre blog later this week.
Here are all the family-friendly films showing this Easter.
Duck Duck Goose (PG)
Released 30 March
A high-flying bachelor goose is saddled with two young ducklings after he’s grounded by an injury.
Peter Rabbit (PG)
Released 16 March
James Corden voices Peter Rabbit in this live action/computer animated adaptation based on Beatrix Potter’s much-loved story. Peter’s feud with Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) reaches new heights as they rival for the affections of Bea, the warm-hearted animal lover next door (Rose Byrne).
A Wrinkle In Time (PG)
Released 23 March
Meg Murry is a heroine like no other. She’s about to journey through space and time on a mission to rescue her father from a terrible evil. Disney’s new epic adventure stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling as three celestial guides who show Meg that true strength comes from embracing your individuality.
Isle of Dogs (PG)
Released 30 March
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog. The film follows Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Released 6 April
Wonderstruck’ follows the parallel adventures of Ben and Rose, two children from different eras who secretly wish their lives were different, and go on journeys to try and change them. Ben is desperate to learn who his father was, and Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. They’re both missing something important, and so they each set off on a life-changing quest in search of it. Stars Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds and Julianne Moore.
Releases from earlier in the year still showing
(Limited screenings at selected cinemas this Easter. Please check local cinema listings as these films may not be showing at all cinemas)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12A)
Released 20 December 2017
Four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console in their school’s basement. Sucked into the game and trapped in the world of Jumanji they have no choice but to take on the most dangerous adventure of their lives – or risk being stuck in the game forever. This follow-up to the classic 1995 film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black.
The Greatest Showman (PG)
Released 26 December 2017
Inspired by the life of PT Barnam and his circus this new musical celebrates the birth of show business and dreams becoming a reality. Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson, it tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation
Released 19 January 2018
The latest animation from Disney Pixar sees 12-year-old aspiring musician Miguel magically transported to The Land of the Dead on an extraordinary journey into the afterlife to solve an ancient family mystery.
Early Man (PG)
Released 26 January
From the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run comes this tale of young caveman Dug and his epic quest to save his tribe from a mighty enemy and his Bronze Age city. The latest Aardman Animations film features the voices of Eddie Redmayne Tom Hiddleston Maisie Williams Richard Ayoade Timothy Spall Rob Brydon and Jonny Vegas among others.
And if none of these take your fancy then check out the special Odeon Kids screenings on weekend mornings where you can see films that are around 6+ months old from just £2.50 per person.
At the time of publication film schedules for the Easter holidays had not yet been announced but full details will be listed here.