Regular visitors to this blog will know that two of my favourite hobbies are going to the movies and markets.
So I don’t mind telling you that I might have been a little bit counting-down-the-days excited when I was invited to a special Boutique Baby Expo at Event Cinemas.
This was a Babes in Arms event like no other, starting with a leisurely browse around the gorgeous stalls from Mamma’s Market in the cinema foyer. Mamma’s Market is famous on the bazaar circuit on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast for their exquisite showcase of arts, crafts, collectibles, treasures, and yummy cupcakes for the home and family.
A good helping of stallholders were ready to tempt me during our visit with all kinds of reasonably priced, beautiful items. I found a few delightful pieces of jewellery to add to the growing Christmas present collection that I started way back in April, and one or two (or maybe three…) treats for myself.
Boost Juice were there giving away samples of yummy, fresh juice and a kids’ play area was set up for the babies to climb, crawl, goo, and drool over. We gave our feet (and purses) a rest in the play area before heading into the cinema to watch Ruby Sparks (keep an eye out for my review here on The Bub Hub). Morning tea was served on the way in to the theatre and every Mum was given a gift-bag thanks to Coles.
The kind people at Event Cinemas and Mamma’s Markets gave away bag-loads of fabulous competition gifts and lucky-door prizes as we all settled in to our seats and waited for the film to begin.
This was my first Babes in Arms experience, and we loved it. The lights remained dimmed during the session so I could breastfeed, change a nappy, and find the dropped toys with ease, and Bubba was allowed to squeal, giggle, and roam freely around the cinema without a worry.
We climbed up and down the stairs, we sat on the floor beneath the screen, we danced during one scene that featured loud music, and we felt right at home among the other mums and bubs who were doing the same. (OK, I’m the only one who busted some moves on the makeshift dancefloor I admit, but dammit I looked cool. At least I think I did. Yeah, yeah, definitely, definitely.)
The markets opened at 9am and the film finished just before 1pm, so we had a good four hours of entertainment that was fun, relaxed, and welcoming, all for the bargain basement price of $8.50 (kids under four free). We had a truly wonderful day where I got to combine my two favourite hobbies with one of the most fulfilling, rewarding, precious pastimes of all: hanging out with one of the cutest bubbies that a mummy could wish for.
*The reviewer attended Baby Boom as a guest of Event Cinemas