Leeds Young Film Festival Hot Picks

The Easter holidays can sometimes be a difficult one to fill, 2 full weeks and then some. Especially within a budget! Alongside our normal Boomchikkaboom events, we have teamed up with Leeds Young Film Festival, and are hosting not 1 but 3 exciting events at The Hyde Park Picture House.

The first, a double bill of The Gruffalo & Room on the Broom, has already sold out! But we still have tickets available for Beauty and the Beast, Friday 14th April and Revolting Rhymes, Monday 17th April. Tickets are just £8 per person and free for under 3’s. We encourage families to attend our events as soon as you’re ready with no age restrictions. We’ll have our photo booth, and signature Boomchikkaboom madness! From bubbles and dancing, to snow machine and the best bit, free mid movie treats!

We’ve compiled a list of other recommended events throughout the festival that we think you would enjoy. The festival is 18 years old this year! I remember attending events when I was younger and since attended the festival over the last few years too.

Our hottest pick is The Leeds Film House at Leeds Town Hall, with Sneaky Experience. We booked a family pass for just £30. They did a similar experience last year with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we loved it! They have various interactive elements around the building and although it states suitable for ages 5+ we attended when little man was just 3 and he got lots from the event.

Back to Hyde Park Picture House, where you will find Reel Kids where you can also purchase a family pass for just £10. Some of the movies we have enjoyed as a family in the past and will be watching again are The BFG, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon and The LEGO Batman Movie. A great thing about the festival, is it showcases a great deal of independent movies, that you maybe wouldn’t come across normally. If you’ve not already got a brochure. Head to the Town Hall and take a look at the synopsis on some of these. Depending on your children’s age, there’s something for everyone.

Over at Leeds City Museum, you will find the VR Zone. Many tech workshops and events are traditionally aimed at older children. But the one thing that caught my eye is the 360’ Dome event from 14th-17th April. This is a free event, in an immersive 360’ cinema experience. The teaser pictures look amazing and will be a must for us! Places can’t be reserved in advance, so will be a case of turning up on the dates and within the opening times to get involved.

The Carriageworks Theatre will play host to Animation Central. Where the Peppa Pig Toymation workshop will be held with InspirED for ages 4+ , and if your family is into Lego, you must check out Lego Design with Tori Davis, where you will be able to turn yourself into a Lego mini figure… yes please… all OVER that!

There’s so much going on, that Leeds Young Film Festival is THE largest family film event in the UK. Pretty cool right? There events to suit all budgets and plenty of free stuff to get involved in, which is always a bonus. As mentioned earlier, if you manage to get a brochure, it’s easy way to navigate “what’s on.” You can also book your tickets via www.leedsyoungfilm.com

Don’t forget to get social when attending by using #LYFF2017 and not forgetting #boomchikkaboom if your joining us at Hyde Park Picture House.

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