With the reopening of the newly revamped Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Sandton City, came the launch of an entire cinema catering just for kids – what could be better than that? Oli absolutely loves going to the movies, I think he even sees himself as a bit of an aficionado, and he’s thrilled that he can finally share this experience with his sister, who after watching Peter Rabbit, we now know can sit through, and enjoy, an entire movie!
On Sunday we were invited to attend a screening of Sherlock Gnomes, in the newly opened Kids Cinema. This is only the second kids’ cinema in the country since the launch of the first, in June last year, at the East Rand Mall. The cinema now has an express counter to the left and 15 new self-service terminals, where you can book tickets and catering combos – speeding up queuing times exponentially – such a win in my book if you have kids in tow!
If you’re headed to the Kids Cinema, there’s an entire waiting area dedicated to kids, with tables loaded with colouring-in pages and crayons, four PS4 gaming stations and a convenient snack kiosk – something for everyone! Soph got to have her face painted – she chose Juliet naturally, the main character from the movie we were there to see, while Oli had fun gaming. Once it was time to go into the cinema, the kids’ faces literally lit up. The first five rows of the cinema are made up of beanbag chairs, specifically designed for the kids – all brightly coloured, I think it took Sophie a full five minutes to select which beanbag chair was the squishiest and to her colour preference! At the top of the cinema is something I never thought I’d ever see in a movie cinema – a slide! Oli’s gasp was audible when he realised what it was and off he went. Often, I find the kids get a bit antsy watching all the trailers, and by the time the movie we’re there to watch has even started they’re halfway through their snack combo, have finished their Slush Puppies and need a loo break already – but not anymore! The slide ends into a giant ball pit and the kids have free reign of it until it’s time for the movie to start. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cinema was run, and that all the kids stayed in their seats just as the friendly Ster-Kinekor staff member had asked them to do.
We go to the movies at least once a month, but after this amazing experience, I think we may just be switching cinemas to Ster-Kinekor Sandton City now – nothing quite compares to this! Even better, if you’re a part of the Discovery Vitality programme, your child can watch movies for free every day at Ster-Kinekor Cinemas (under the age of 18) until 7pm, and adults get a discounted rate too! Bookings are open and you can find out more by visiting www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App on your smartphone. You can also book at the box office.
*We were offered tickets to go and experience the cinema, but all views are my own.