On the eve of Canada’s 150th, and knowing that the weather on July 1st of years past has been anything but summer-esque, there’s a very good chance we will be spending at least part of Canada’s fête indoors. In fact, given the ridiculous amount of rainfall we’ve been having since April, the prospect of a wet summer means finding ways to entertain children that won’t drive you all crazy. Which may mean a wee bit of screen time.
And that’s OK.
Because, hey, we ALL want to be THAT parent. The parent whose kids can stay busy for hours riding their bikes or skipping rope or quietly playing board games where no one fights and everyone is a winner. But the reality is that summer break may require a bit of couch time to save your sanity. So, why not make it fun and interactive?
Netflix knows kids are naturally curious and adventuresome. Netflix also know parents don’t want their children to be chesterfield zombies. (See what I did there? Because Canada Day, folks.) So before you plunk your kids down in front of the TV with a bowl of KD and a pack of Smarties, print off the Netflix Passport and assemble it — or better yet, have them do it and now you’re “Arts & Crafts Mom/Dad”. Then take the kids on a Netflix adventure around the world and through the ages as they explore everything from the dawn of the dinosaurs to creatures of the jungle, checking off each destination on their passport as they go.
Remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? If you loved those, you may enjoy Puss in Book: Trapped In An Epic Tale just as much as your kids! This interactive adventure, available on the Netflix mobile app, lets kids select what the charismatic Puss in Boots will do next. How cool is that? Young fans may also enjoy these Puss in Boots colouring pages for a little off-screen distraction.
And for the adults
And, hey, grown-ups, in the spirit of Canada Day, there’re some wicked awesome viewing for you. Bust out the ketchup chips and pour the Caesars because Netflix has a slew of Canadian shows and movies that’ll keep you “right on, eh?”ing for hours. Shows like Schitt’s Creek, Being Erica and Trailer Park Boys and films like Bon Cop Bad Cop and The Red Violin. You can even find the likes of House of Cards, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Ocean’s Thirteen, along with many family-friendly movies, in Canadian French audio!
There’s so much to explore within this vast land of ours and beyond our borders. Let Netflix take you there this summer and fill your passport with all the fun places you’ll visit. Where will you stop first?