Curating Kids Classics with Netflix

Curating Kids Classics with NetflixMy kids are just as obsessed with Netflix as we are. Every night as soon as our kids are in bed, we immediately turn on Breaking Bad. We’re in the middle of the third season and we’re pretty fanatical.  I can’t believe we missed out on the show when it ran on AMC, but thanks to Netflix, we’re catching up on the wave and can’t get off. Nor do we want to.

When it comes to our kids, we want something less action-packed and more education-focused, and it’s amazing how much choice there is on Netflix. We’ve already watched many of my own favorite films from childhood like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and I’ve recently come across a whole slew of films based on books I grew with like A Wrinkle in Time, The Babysitters Club, Hugo, The Babysitter’s Club, James and the Giant Peach, Escape to Witch Mountain and Goosebumps.

The list is long and it excites me to be able to share quality films that derive from fiction with them. I can even introduce my kids to classic novels like Emma, Mansfield Park, Black Beauty, The Great Gatsby, Ethan Frome and The Scarlet Pimpernel.  As they get older, these movies will become more interesting and important to them and I look forward to sharing the stories I’ve loved my whole life.

Every Friday night my son and I sit down in front of the TV after dinner, now that my daughter leaves for a regular activity, and we have movie night. Netflix has generously curated their shows and movies into collections and gives us suggestions based on what we’ve been watching.  We no longer have to go film by film, like we used to using On Demand.  Our choice is so much easier, and we end up watching a film far quicker than we ever did before.  The curation is everything.

In the near future, we’ll be checking out other great kids classics like Alice in Wonderland, Call of the Wild, Gulliver’s Travels, A Secret Garden and The Secret Garden. There’s just no stopping me…or my kids…now. We are in movie heaven.

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  1. Great suggestions! We are always looking for good movies for Movie Night.

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