The Perfect Family Night Out

Getting out of the house and spending quality time with the family is a great way to start the new year, with plenty of laughs and someone else doing the dishes! You don’t have to go far either; you’ll find an array of child-friendly restaurants, wholesome entertainment and decadent treats right on your doorstep at Watergardens.

Make your own montage

There’s nothing to stop you acting out your very own Confessions of a Shopaholic-style movie montage here at Watergardens. Take snaps of yourselves wearing glitzy costume jewellery at Lovisa, try on statement-making sunnies at Universal Store or play around with #twinning outfits at Cotton On and Cotton On Kids.

While father and son get matching haircuts at Da Barber, mum and daughter might share a manicure experience at U Star Nails, and then it’s on to Donut King to record some footage of you enjoying flamboyant treats with a caption along the lines of ‘all you need is love and doughnuts’.

Take a seat and tuck in

Exploring world cuisine doesn’t have to mean a visit to Flight Centre (though planning an overseas holiday together is super-fun), when you have La Porchetta serving up traditional wood-fired pizza, Cafe Greco offering Poseidon’s finest seafood platters and San Churro serving ultra-sweet Spanish delicacies.

Special dietary requirements in the family? No problem. The Sporting Globe offers a number of gluten-free options and you can decide for yourselves whether the vegan burgers are better at Grill’d or Hog’s Breath Café.

Eating out need not involve breaking the new-year-new-you diet either, with hearty salads and healthy options aplenty at the likes of Switch Lifestyle, Thai Alley and Hunky Dory

If free desserts, discounted sharing plates and limited-edition dishes are your sort of thing, keep an eye on our regularly updated Offers page.

Light up the lanes

Add some friendly competition to your evening with a visit to ZONE BOWLING open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The beauty of tenpin bowling is that people of different ages and skill levels can easily play together, and let’s not forget the fun of watching dad do his unique celebratory dance.

You can also try your hand at more than 50 arcade games at ZONE BOWLING, or step inside a real-life video game and challenge the family to a laser tag battle. In addition to making you feel like an action hero, laser tag is a great way to hone hand-eye coordination.

To take advantage of multi-game discounts, try visiting ZONE BOWLING between Monday and Thursday, or after 9pm. It’s worth looking out for school holiday deals too.

Enjoy some Hollywood magic

It’s hard to beat the immersive experience of enjoying the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the 4K Xtremescreen at HOYTS with mind-blowing surround sound (and none of the distractions that come
with home viewing). And 2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic one for family movies, from the long-awaited Mary Poppins and Dumbo reboots to the first Captain Marvel outing and a Robin Hood

Family discounts on your favourite snack combos, including devilishly large soft drinks and skyscrapers of popcorn, ensure that taking the whole clan to the movies is all kinds of fun. You can also earn concessions by signing up for a Hoyts Rewards card.

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