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Saturday Night at the Movies

There's no denying there’s something magical about an outdoor cinema. For some it can evoke nostalgic memories of the drive-in, for others, maybe it’s the thrill of enjoying a traditionally indoor activity in the great outdoors. Throw in the crisp, cool air of the Dry season and it’s a dreamy way to spend a Saturday night. City of Palmerston’s free outdoor movie program, FlicNics, is back and you’re invited.

By Kate Conway

This year’s line-up of flicks caters to all cinematic tastes with drama, action and animated adventures on the program. July’s movie is family favourite action-fantasy animation How to Train Your Dragon, a film about a teen that wants to become a dragon slayer, but instead, befriends a rare, hard to catch Night Fury dragon.

Food trucks are on hand to fill the role of candy bar, and instead of potentially uncomfortable cinema seats, residents and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or bean bag to settle in for some silver screen time under the stars.

First launched in 2014, FlicNics was created to bring the community together and help strengthen family units. City of Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell says the family-friendly community focus is what’s made it such an enduring event on the calendar.

“Our events allow our community and visitors to come together, enjoy a fun, free outing close to home, and create lasting memories,” she says.

“I firmly believe in fostering a strong sense of togetherness and promoting the well-being of our residents, our events do just this.”

If you’re looking for a wholesome family activity this Dry season, FlicNics has got you covered. Pass the popcorn!

FlicNics - How To Train Your Dragon

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