Free and family friendly: What to watch while you stay at home

Free and family friendly: What to watch while you stay at home

As the push to remain at home continues, some streaming sites are dropping paywalls and providing open door. The CBC’s Eli Glasner runs down the finest choices for households that do not need a month-to-month membership.

With families caught inside to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, parents will need a lot of options to keep their kids amused. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

As politicians and public health officials release various steps to attempt to include the spread of COVID-19, the message is clear: Stay house.

But with schools shut and lots of moms and dads now working from home, finding accessible and cost effective methods to keep kids captivated can be a challenge, specifically with increasing subscription charges. Luckily, there are a lot of free and family-friendly options out there.

Here’s where to begin.


You can find Ben Stiller’s turn as a good-hearted however empty-headed design in Zoolander on Tubi. (Paramount Pictures)

Tubi is an ad-supported streaming service with a broad brochure of titles and programs. The curation has the feel of a bargain-basement Blockbuster, however there are a couple of gems if you go digging (hint: click on motion picture night link).

For GenX moms and dads, Tubi is a virtual time maker of kids reveals from the ’80 s and ’90 s. Pour out a few of your preferred sweet cereal and recreate a Saturday morning playlist with Alf, Transformers, Sailor Moon and GI Joe. If you’re trying to find classics, there’s the constantly reliable rubber-faced antics of Mr. Bean, plus a healthy choice of Laurel and Hardy titles.

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In terms of more contemporary funnies, you can’t fail with Ben Stiller’s 2001 style farce Zoolander or Will Ferrell’s figure skating comedy Blades of Splendor


James Rolleston plays a teen who fulfills his long-lost dad in Boy, a movie offered on Kanopy. (Mongrel Media)

Kanopy partners with public libraries to use enriching digital content including films, kids’s series and a large selection of documentaries. Even if your public library is closed, you can use your library account number for access. For example, Toronto users can view 8 titles a month. If your household has multiple library cards you can increase that number.

Kanopy has some fulfilling lesser-known titles consisting of Kid, an individual coming-of-age story from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. For visual art fans, there’s Loving Vincent, a stunning hand-painted film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. If you’re searching for something sillier, take a look at A Town Called Panic, a stop-motion cartoon animation developed with a captivating sense of absurdity. Think of a movie in the design of the Lego motion pictures, but told with plastic design pieces. It has French subtitles, however the sense of humour is universal.

Also for the more youthful ones, there’s Kanopy Children, which has endless streaming, consisting of animated variations of much-loved children’s books such as Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! If you require more Mo Willems, the artist is now posting everyday drawing lessons on the Kennedy Center YouTube channel

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The Oscar-nominated The Cat Came Back is among many animated choices readily available at (National Movie Board of Canada)

For an organization developed 81 years earlier, the National Film Board of Canada welcomed the internet early and has a huge brochure of Canadiana. If you’re trying to find bite-size home entertainment, there’s the Oscar-nominated classic The Feline Returned and many other animations. For a sense of serenity, how about a marathon of Hinterland Who’s Who?


The new series Utopia Falls takes location in a future where a group of teenagers find an ancient archive of hip-hop music. (Brooke Palmer)

On CBC’s own streaming service, CBC Gem, the fourth season of Kim’s Convenience has actually shown up. It discovers Appa and household drawn into some adoringly ludicrous scenarios. Plus, there’s Paradise Falls, a new young adult series that is Cravings Games fulfills hip hop. For a different type of teenager experience, have a look at PEN15 Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine play their more youthful selves as they begin the seventh grade– an interesting option that includes an uneasy sense of honesty to the funny.


Strictly Ballroom, an insanely romantic dance film from Australia, is offered on Hoopla. (Cinepix)

Similar to Kanopy, Hoopla uses your library account to provide a rich variety of content. The site likewise uses a “Kids Mode,” where only children-friendly selections are shown. With a range of choices consisting of the Berenstain Bears, The Magic School Bus and Max and Ruby, there’s hours of kids shows and curricula.

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As far as movie, there are classics including Charlotte’s Web and Chitty Bang ( if Cock Van Dyke can’t distract you, nobody can). Dance fan? Time to present the household to the enjoyments of the insanely romantic Strictly Ballroom


The seriously acclaimed animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is offered on Crave. (Sony Pictures)

The Bell streaming service is presently offering a 30- day free-trial period for all Canadians.

The kids collection is bursting with brand-name smash hits. Why not examine out The Lego Film and then construct your own stay-at-home survival set? For fans of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, The Kid Who Would Be King is a spirited update targeted at young teenagers. For comics fans, there’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a Bang! Pow! masterpiece that brings new relevance to the web crawler.

The rest

Once you have actually tired the big- and small-screen options, there are other ways to be amused. Audible is presently offering a complimentary collection of audiobooks for kids Music fans can explore, which uses hours of classical performances and ballets, and deals with a lot of libraries.

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