Canadian-Inspired Netflix Picks For the Family
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In case you don’t know, I’m Canadian. Yup – Canada: land of the moose, home of the loon and the birthplace of the Double Double is where I reside. Granted, Canada is a big ol’ place and I’m not exactly seeing moose or loons on my way to work in downtown Toronto. But I digress.
On July 1st every year, we celebrate Canada Day and in the spirit of this celebration, this month’s Netflix suggestions are – you got it – Canadian!
Whether “Made in Canada” or with a distinctly Canuck flavour, they’re good. You’ll love them and your kids will too. And speaking of kids, here’s my daughter patriotically celebrating Canada Day:
For my boys, they’ve got their favourites, including Super Why! and The Busy World of Richard Scarry. Super Why! seems to appeal to their desire to be both a super hero and someone who can spell. Richard Scarry is a bedtime story favourite so having the characters come to life is a complete bonus for the kids. Both shows keep them fairly engaged which allows me to do another load or two of laundry, because that’s what I love to do [insert sarcasm here].
For the bigger kids like my daughter, she’s a huge fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was a big winner.
Another great pic for early tweens and young teens is the Goosebumps series. Check it out – it’s a favourite among many of the kids who are looking for a bit of a scary thrill.
Can we just talk a bit about Caillou for a minute?
What’s with the constant whining? Somehow kids don’t seem to hear it – must be something like a dog whistle, where only those with sensitivities to higher frequencies – like parents – are attuned to its constant irritation. The parents on the program don’t seem to notice it. Neither does the Grandma, but then again, her voice isn’t exactly soothing either. Kids love this show. What’s up with this? Discuss.
A quick overview of Canadian-made shows on Netflix for the kids include:
For the big kids:
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?
- Johnny Test
- Black Hole High
- Alpha and Omega
- Erky Perky
- Eliot Kid
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
For the little ones:
- Franny’s Feet
- The Busy World of Richard Scarry
- Super Why!
- Animal Mechanicals
- Monster Math Squad
- Team Umizoomi
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad
What are your favourite Canuck shows for kids on Netflix? Tell me about it in the comments section below.