A chance to ‘chill out’

Free movies and ADF tours de­light

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

KIDS had no rea­son to be bored last week.

The Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre screened two days of free movies for peo­ple to come to­gether and chill out.

Kids were treated to three show­ings of Padding­ton on Thurs­day while Find­ing Dory was shown at 10am on Fri­day.

There was also a chance for kids to have a look in­side army ve­hi­cles as the Aus­tralian De­fence Force were based at the venue.

Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre man­ager Chris Pa­trick said peo­ple were grate­ful to have a place to re­lax.

“This whole thing has been re­ally well re­ceived. I had a lady thank me for let­ting them chill out for a cou­ple of hours with the kids,” he said.

“Kids are also hav­ing a look in­side the army jeeps and get­ting pic­tures taken and hav­ing the army ex­plain how they work.”

Mr Pa­trick said the ADF were a wel­come pres­ence at the cen­tre.

“It has been a real plea­sure, an ab­so­lute plea­sure work­ing with these beau­ti­ful peo­ple, very po­lite and very oblig­ing and very help­ful in any shape or form, it’s been a plea­sure to have them in the build­ing,” he said.

Army op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Liam Clarke said the ar­range­ment worked well.

“Af­ter the movie screen­ings we in­vited kids to come out and have a look at our pro­tected mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles, so they got a chance to be in the back seat and also got to talk to the sol­diers,” he said.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

SHOW­TIME: Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre screened free movie ses­sions last Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Caitlin Baole, Andy Fletcher, Bessie Simp­son and Peter Simp­son check out mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

Zara Gross-Lyons, Maddy Ray­mant, Kirra An­gel, Phoebe Ray­mant, Saxon An­gel, Tay­lor Tovey and Tyler Tovey.

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