My 7 year old quickly looked at me sideways, and asked, “Mum! Are you crying?”

The truth was, I was. I was crying, with a lump in my throat, feeling ALL the feels, while watchings a kids show. I wasn’t expecting it. I’d been cleaning the house as my girls settled into a new TV series, but each time I walked into the room, the show looked more and more interesting. And I eventually found myself, seated, feet up, tears rolling down my face. I was in. I was hooked.

Not only was I feeling all the feels, I looked back at my daughters and they were overjoyed that I’d actually stopped (we’re always on the go, aren’t we?) and had settled in to watch something with them. I’d decided the laundry could wait, because it never actually stops anyway, and that I was going to make stopping and enjoying time watching with the kids a little more.

The next question is though; what to watch? I draw the line at You Tube videos of people doing every day things. I feel my soul die a little when I watch an American family do a tour of their mansion. I just can’t. To save you scrolling and searching, and any disappoint, I’ve gathered five of the best shows to watch with your kids.

Five Shows To Watch With Your Kids That Won’t Make You Fall Asleep From Boredom

Julie & The Phantoms

Get the tissues ready! This Netflix series tells the story of Julie who lost her passion for music when she lost her mum. And although it sounds out of this world, three ghostly guys suddenly appear, lift her spirits and join a band with her. There’ll be tears, heartfelt moments, and also times when you won’t be able to help but get up and dance.

Wish Dragon

Grab the popcorn, and settle in for this beautiful Netflix movie. Meet teenager Din, son of a dumpling make, who is longing to reconnect with his childhood best friend. In his travels he meets a wish-granting dragon who shows him the magic of possibilities. It’s a story with great humour, hope and happy moments.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Think your family is weird? Well, you might be about to be out-weirded. A quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope. Will they save the world?

The Baby-Sitters Club

Nostalgia, come at us! This is such a beautifully made series, that has come quite the way since the Baby-Sitters Club books from our childhoods. It touches on so many topics, in the most considerate way. These best friends navigate the challenges of the early teen years, friendship and dysfunctional family life.

Fuller House

Another ride down memory lane, Fuller House is a fun Netflix TV series, continuing on where Full House left us in the 80s. With five series down, most of the original characters are back and making us laugh (and let’s be honest, probably cry too) .

Which shows do you love watching with your kids?

  • The Babysitter’s Club and Fuller House are great.


  • Anything not on Netflix? Perhaps some Australian content?


  • My kids are not into big moves yet….


  • I like watching the worst witch. I can’t remember if it’s on Netflix, Disney or Prime but it’s such a cute little series! Both hubby and I are hooked lol.
    We also love all of the hotel Transylvanias.


  • I love watching movies with the kids. I’ve watched Wish Dragon and The Mitchells vs. The Machines. Loved them both. Will try the others. I think that YES DAY should also be on the list. This is a great family movie, except for the fact that my kids now want a Yes Day, and that is totally never going to happen. :P


  • I haven’t seen any of those shows.


  • In this house, we love Bluey (even though we, including the kids, are too old!) and also Luca, Mitchell vs the Machines and Raya and the Last Dragon. Wish Dragon looks interesting, might give that a go. I grew up watching Full House and I can’t bring myself to watch the reboot.


  • Full House is the only program I remember watching when I was young. Wouldn’t mind watching Fuller House to see what that’s like


  • I think I would like to watch the Babysitters Club – I used to enjoy this when I was a kid. I am really not into a lot of what passes for entertainment these days.


  • The new DORA movie is suprisingly good.
    Also all the hotel transylvania movies are great!!


  • I wish some of the shows I used to watch as a child were still on tv.


  • Thanks for the suggestions – loved Full House and reading The Baby-Sitters Club when I was younger.


  • I actually enjoy watching Bluey with my kids, it’s actually quite funny!


  • Wish dragon was ok. Sort of the same idea as Aladdin. As far as shows go, I love Bluey. Also don’t mind izzys koala world. My daughter loves David Attenborough so we watch a bit of that together. Beautiful footage


  • The Baby-Sitters Club looks so good!


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