25 Kid-friendly Series and Movies to Chill Out & Watch at Home


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The great outdoors where the sun shines, the wind blows and there’s great space for your little ones to run free is great and all but sometimes going out is not an option, whether by choice or by need.

For those days, here’s our pick of movies and series to chill out and watch!

Netflix

1. True and the Rainbow Kingdom

True and the Rainbow Kingdom
Source: Netflix

Duration: 24 min
Episodes/Season:
19 episodes / 3 seasons
Suitable for: 3 years and up

True and the Rainbow Kingdom premiered on Netflix in 2017 and it follows True and her best friend Bartleby the Cat as they go around helping the quirky residents of the colorful and whimsical Rainbow Kingdom.


Source: Netflix

2. Dragons: Rescue Riders

Dragons: Rescue Riders
Source: Netflix

Duration: 24 min
Episodes/Season:
14 episodes / 1 season
Suitable for: 4 years and up

A Netflix original series based on the book How to Train Your Dragon, Dragons: Rescue Riders follows the adventures of Twins Dak and Leyla and their dragon friends rescuing not just the other but also the dragons of their hometown Huttsgalor.

Season 2 is coming on 7 Feb 2020, so more episodes and more adventures!


Source: Universal Kids Preschool

3. The Magic School Bus Rides Again

The Magic School Bus Rides Again
Source: Netflix

Duration: 25 min
Episodes/Season:
26 episodes / 2 seasons
Suitable for:
4 years and above

The Magic School Bus Rides Again and this time its Ms. Frizzle’s younger sister Fiona at the wheels bringing the kids of Walkerville Elementary on a whole different scientific adventure. And in case you were wondering, the original Ms. Frizzle is now Professor Frizzle.


Source: Netflix

4. Ask the Storybots

Ask the Storybots
Source: Netflix

Duration: About 30 mins
Episodes/Season:
22 episodes / 3 seasons
Suitable for:
4 years and up

The StoryBots, five odd little creatures, go on different adventures each episode to find the answers to kids’ questions, from ‘How Does Night Happen’ to ‘Why Do People Look Different’. Tiny Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo travel far and wide to tackle a wide range of questions.


Source: Netflix

5. Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig
Source: Netflix

Duration: About 20 mins
Episodes/Season:
46 episodes / 5 seasons
Suitable for:
3 years and up

Peppa Pig needs no introduction to many but if you’ve never heard of it, Peppa Pig follows the life of an anthropomorphic piglet Peppa and her interactions with her family and friends, from camping trips and sleepovers to a trip to the moon! With over 40 episodes to keep you occupied, you’re likely to set for a while.

6. Go! Go! Cory Carson

Go! Go! Cory Carson
Source: Netflix

Duration: About 10 mins
Episodes/Season:
7 episodes / 1 season
Suitable for:
3 years and up

Based on the toy line Toot-Toot Drivers, Go! Go! Cory Carson is a Netflix original series featuring an all-vehicle cast. The short series follows the little mischiefs of an adorable kid car, Cory Carson.


Source: Netflix

7. My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro
Source: Netflix

Duration: 1 hr 26 mins
Suitable for: 4 years and up

Decades after its first release, My Neighbour Totoro still remains a favorite among many—young and old. Set in the Japanese countryside, My Neighbour Totoro will bring you on a journey with two young sisters who’ve befriended a mystical creature, which resides in a forest.

8. Word Party


Source: Netflix

Duration: About 13 mins 
Episodes/Season:
 4 seasons
Suitable for:
 1 years and up

What is there not to like about baby animals in diapers teaching toddlers English and Mandarin! Popular with the yonger kids, join Lulu, Kip, Franny, Bailey and Tilly in their the 4th season (4th season opened on the 21st of Jan 2020) on Netflix!

YouTube

9. Sesame Street

Sesame Street
Source: Sesame Street/YouTube

Channel: Sesame Street

Sesame Street is a classic at making learning fun. And if you missed them on the telly, you can find Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar, Bert & Ernie, as well as the rest of the gang over at the YouTube channel.

10. Little Baby Bum

Little Baby Bum
Source: Little Baby Bum/YouTube

Channel: Little Baby Bum – Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Little Baby Bum is a treasure trove of, as the channel’s name suggests, nursery rhymes and kids songs. Some of their songs are also available in sign language!

11. Badanamu

Badanamu
Source: Badanamu/YouTube

Channel: Badanamu

Little ones can learn phonics and STEM lessons through songs and nursery rhymes together with Bada, a bear-like creature and his friends of the Badanamu universe.

12. Treehouse Direct

Treehouse Direct
Source: Treehouse Direct/YouTube

Channel: Treehouse Direct

From short animated tunes and nursery rhymes to episodes of Max & Ruby, Backyardians, Berenstain Bears, Little Bear, and much more, check out Treehouse Direct.

13. Mila and Morphle

Mila and Morphle
Source: Morphle TV/YouTube

Channel: Morphle TV

Morphle is a little red creature that can morph into anything, from a sweet puppy to a giant truck, and Morphle TV is where you can catch his little antics with Mila, who loves caring for him.

14. PJ Masks

PJ Masks
Source: PJ Masks/YouTube

Channel: PJ Masks

By day, Connor, Amaya and Greg are just normal kids but by night, with the aid of their pajamas, they transform into brave heroes with powers, a.k.a. PJ Masks and go on missions.

15. Super Simple TV – Kids Shows & Cartoons

Super Simple TV – Kids Shows & Cartoons
Source: Super Simple TV/YouTube

Channel: Super Simple TV – Kids Shows & Cartoons

Super Simple TV has many shows and cartoons you can choose from, from Mr Monkey, Monkey Mechanic to Captain Seasalt And The ABC Pirates. The shows teach little ones colors, counting, alphabets, and different vehicles, among other things. They also have a “cooking show”, The Bumble Nums, which features some quirky ingredients like purple pears and flying dragon fruit.

16. Curious George

Curious George
Source: Curious George/YouTube

Channel: Curious George

Curious George is where you can catch cartoons featuring Curious George, an African monkey, who is always up to something and “The Man in the Yellow Hat”, who is always saving the day. The cartoons are themed around learning, curiosity and forgiveness.

17. Hogi! Pinkfong

Hogi! Pinkfong
Source: Hogi! Pinkfong/YouTube      

Channel: Hogi! Pinkfong – Learn & Play

Meet Pinkfong’s best friend Hogi, also known as the Walking Encyclopedia! Hogi, a very curious hedgehog, who is also very smart, is an aspiring detective.

The channel is packed with not just catchy nursery rhymes and songs that little ones can sing-a-long with, but also arts and craft activities as well as mini-games to keep the little ones entertained.

TV Programs

18. Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins
Source: IMDb

Channel: Disney Junior [Singtel: 236 | Starhub: 311]
Suitable for: 3 years and up

Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mother, helps her toys and stuff animals to ‘recover’ by giving them check-ups and diagnosing them. The episodes include original songs that little ones can sing-a-long to.

19. Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep
Source: Aardman Animations

Channel: Boomerang [Singtel: 228 | Starhub: 317]
Suitable for: 4 years and up

You can catch Shaun the Sheep on Boomerang every Sunday. It’s a simple series with no dialogues following the escapades of Shaun the Sheep and his gang of barnyard animal friends.

20. T.O.T.S

T.O.T.S
Source: Disney Junior Canada

Channel: Disney Junior [Singtel: 236 | Starhub: 311]
Suitable for: 4 years and up

T.O.T.S, which stands for Tiny Ones Transport Service, follows the adventures of the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at T.O.T.S, Pip the penguin and Freddy the flamingo. Together they care for baby animals and are tasked with traveling around the world, finding their forever homes.

21. Muppet Babies

Muppet Babies
Source: Disney Plus

Channel: Disney Junior [Singtel: 236 | Starhub: 311]
Suitable for: 3 years and up

Muppet Babies, featuring the younger version of The Muppets—Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, Baby Fozzie, Baby Gonzo, and Baby Animal—is all about the wacky adventures the Muppet Babies go on, born from the little ones’ imaginations, from going on a treasure hunt and carrying out a rescue mission to sleepovers!

22. The Furchester Hotel

The Furchester Hotel
Source: The Furchester Hotel/Facebook

Channel: Disney Junior [Singtel: 236 | Starhub: 311]
Suitable for: 3 years and up

A quirky half-star inn, The Furchester Hotel is run by jovial monsters of the Furchester-Fuzz family and they have an eclectic mix of guests in their hotel. The series, which is a spin-off of Sesame Street, follows the Furchester family as well as Elmo and Cookie Monster as they solve the problems and concerns of the hotel guests.

23. Zack & Quack

Zack and Quack
Source: IMDb

Channel: Nick Jr. [Singtel: 238 | Starhub: 304]
Suitable for: 3 years and up

Set in a pop-up book, the story follows Zack and Quack, the main characters of the book, as they set off on adventures within its pop-up pages to solve different kinds of problems. Often joining them on their adventures are Kira, whose creativity and tools fix almost anything, Fluffy the hedgehog, Belly-Up the bullfrog, and the Squirrel Sisters, Hop and Skip!      

24. Charlie and Lola

Charlie and Lola
Source: enhance TV

Channel: CBeebies [Starhub: 303]
Suitable for: 3 years and up

Adapted from a children’s picture book, the story centers around Charlie, the sensible older brother and Lola, the playful kid sister. Charlie helps Lola to navigate the various issues of life every day, from getting Lola to eat food she doesn’t seem to like to growing plants.  

25. Go Jetters

Go Jetters
Source: Go Jetters Officials/YouTube

Channel: CBeebies [Starhub: 303]
Suitable for: 3 years and up

Go Jetters, four brave heroes—Xuli, Kyan, Lars, and Foz—travel around the globe on their Jet Pad with their mentor Ubercorn (a disco-dancing unicorn) to save the world’s famous landmarks from the meddling      Grandmaster Glitch.

If you’re looking for something more adult-friendly, you can also check out 15 Movies to Watch on Netflix Singapore.






This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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