Parents encouraged to bring little ones to cinema

Strathbogie Shire Council encourages parents with young children to come along to the Sensory Friendly Screening of The Lion King at the Euroa Community Cinema on Friday 23rd August at 10.30am.

Council recently received feedback through an online survey where parents could register their interest in attending Baby Friendly Screenings.

Council thanks the parents who took the time to complete the survey and is combining Sensory and Baby Friendly Screenings at the Euroa Community Cinema as a result of the interest from parents.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said anyone is welcome to attend Sensory Friendly Screenings, but just to be mindful of the relaxed environment and potential for extra noise.

“Sensory Friendly Screenings are catered to families of those living with autism and other sensory needs that face barriers attending general screenings, allowing families to enjoy their favourite films in a safe and accepting environment” Mayor McClaren explained.

“This environment is also great for young parents, who will be free to attend to their babies and where attendees will expect extra noise. Children are free to get up, move around, ask questions and take time out.”

Sensory Friendly Films attempt to create a more relaxed atmosphere for families by having the cinema lights turned up and the sound turned down.

Generally films are free of flashing lights and families may like to access a social story prior to attending the cinema to help support children in what to expect before they arrive.

A hearing loop is available for patrons with hearing aids, which is available by upon request.

Families may like to access the social story on Council’s website prior to attending the cinema to help support children in what to expect before they arrive