Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Month’s Picks for Families: Totally Tubular #TBT

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

I’ve been working at Netflix for a little more than a year and one of the stories I hear over and over is how parents love to introduce their children to characters they grew up with.  I know one dad who is watching all the superhero series from the 70s and 80s with his son.  He told me it’s like reliving his childhood and he gets to see the characters through his son’s eyes, which can be a pretty magical thing. It’s become their own special ritual and an easy way to have some bonding time. 

And I’ve heard from a mom who started watching Bones because her daughter loved the show so much.  It gave them something to do together at a time when moms and teens don’t always connect.  That 1 hour on the couch has lead to meaningful conversations about what’s going on in her daughter’s life, including what she wants to study in school…turns out she wants to be like Angela and work in a lab.

Those stories give me goosies (yep, I just outed myself, I still watch American Idol). So in the spirit of the ever-popular #TBT trend, we’ve put together a list of TV shows and movies from when we were kids to share with your brood.

For your big kids:








I must admit, when I saw this craft I let out a little yelp!  My daughter and I will be making some Shrinky Dinks this week. 



Who can forget Billy Cosby and his J-E-L-L-O commercials? Relieve the 80s with homemade pudding pops.

Enjoy sharing a piece of your childhood with your kids.

-Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Monday, March 3, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Science Fair Greats

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

Do you know the optimal time for cooking microwave popcorn? 2 minutes and 15 seconds. I know this because my little sister examined this for her science fair project when I was in high school. She and my mom popped bags of popcorn for different amounts of time and then in a very scientific way counted how many kernels were left unpopped vs. how many burned pieces there were to get to an optimal time. And while I ended up learning a valuable and practical piece of info, I also remember being IRATE that her science project was so easy and that she even won some ribbons for it.  My projects always tried to be over the top, as if I was dressed in a lab coat, ready to save the world.  In reality, it often ended in tears - from my mom.


So when I saw this funny poster on Facebook a few weeks ago, it made me think….maybe Netflix can bring some fun to this family affair. We’ve put together a list of TV shows to inspire your kids when it comes to the most important task, picking an idea for their science project.
   
For your big kids:


2. How Do They Do It
3. Is It Possible?
4. Build It Bigger
5. How the Universe Works
6. Extreme Engineering
7. Mythbusters

And your little kids:




If you’re looking to jumpstart your kids’ scientific creativity, try this quick and easy light bulb experiment. Learn how to build your own here.


You can also further your kids’ science knowledge while indulging your sweet tooth with this sea foam candy recipe. As you add the secret ingredient (baking soda!) to boiled sugar, the mixture will bubble and quadruple in volume. Click here to learn how to build your own.

Or you can just feel free to steal that popcorn idea…

-Jenny

Thursday, February 6, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Go For the Gold

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

My daughter started Kindergarten this year - so naturally we felt it must be time to start soccer too. I got her a special pink soccer outfit and pink shin guards to go along with her pink gym shoes (because of course I wouldn’t invest in cleats just yet…).  We met the team and she followed the coach’s direction well.  But after three ‘games’ she decided she didn’t want to play soccer anymore.  My husband, who played every sport growing up, declared “we needed to teach her what commitment is” and lectured me on how she needed to stick with it.  I said I didn’t want to fight with her every Saturday morning and that she was only 5!  I won and we stopped soccer.  J  But he was actually right. 

Our kids do need to learn about sticking with something until they feel the thrill of success.  And that’s why I love this month’s idea.  We’re going to introduce the Olympics to my kids (they’re still pretty young) and start talking about the importance of dedication, teamwork and inspiration.  Common Sense Media provided us a great list of  key lessons you can teach your kids while tuning in to the games. They also compiled a guide to watching the winter events as a family in hopes of bringing everyone together from some fun viewing and bonding time. 

As we like to do, we pulled together a handful of movie and TV shows you can enjoy before, during and after the games.

 For Your Big Kids


For Your Little Kids



If you’re planning your own backyard games, check out these easy to make, oven-baked clay medals that can be used again and again. Click here to learn how to make your own.










If your little athlete prefers to cheer from the sidelines, pick their favorite sport and create these delicious sports cakes made with whole wheat, mashed bananas, and fresh orange juice. Click here to learn how to make your own.






Here’s to going for gold! 
-Jenny
Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Laughter is the Best Medicine

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

At my house, it starts in the middle of the night. One of the little people that should be sleeping down the hall cries out in a feeble voice “moooommmmmeeeeeee,” which is usually followed by some coughing. I’m up in an instant, feeling their foreheads, praying they’re not on fire. If this sounds familiar and if you’re like me, the next day is going to include a little Netflix.

Since laughter can truly be the best medicine, this month we’re sharing a few silly movies your school-aged kids might enjoy. My kids are still little and they love to watch their favorite characters going through the same things they are, so we’ve also included a few ideas about shows where they go to the doctor.

Turn sniffles into giggles with these:








1. Daddy Day Care
2. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
3. Hoodwinked Too!
4. Escape from Planet Earth
5. The Croods [streaming on Netflix 1/29]
6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3

Show your kids that even their favorite characters get sick with these TV shows:










1. Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie
2. Sesame Street: The Ten Commandments of Health
3. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: The Checkup
4. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Visits the Doctor
5. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Gets a Shot

Starve a fever, feed a cold. Or is it feed a fever and … oh I give up. Once your routine has been shot to pieces, coming up with ways to get some nutrition into your sickies can prove challenging. That’s why we teamed with recipe expert, Alejandra Ramos, this month to provide us a few tips on how to serve your child’s afternoon snack in a way that's sure to leave them (and you) with a smile. You can check them out here.
















If your child’s feeling a little stir-crazy, but still too sick to head back to school, we’ve got a fun craft activity you can make together from expert Kelly Ladd. These simple, but fun dream catchers can be made from the comforts of their bed and are a great way to ward off your little ones flu-sick dreams. You can check it out here.
























Wishing you and your family the best of luck this flu season – stay healthy.

Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This Month’s Pick for Families: To Grandmother’s House We Go

I’m a working mom of two little kids and I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. I love curling up on the couch with my kids tucked under each arm, but I also love the fact that Netflix sometimes helps me keep the house running smoothly…if you know what I mean.

So if you enjoy watching TV shows and movies on Netflix as much as my family does, then I hope you’ll like this blog series. Every month we’ll be posting “This Month’s Picks for Families” to give you some ideas that should fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

Our first blog post is full of ideas for the Holiday. Some will get your family in the festive spirit, some are perfect for pre-plane waiting time and some will take you down memory lane yourself. In case you hadn’t thought of taking your Netflix with you wherever you spend your holidays, it’s really simple. Just download our free app on your Smartphone or tablet and enjoy your trip over the river and through the woods.

Here are some of your kids’ favorite characters - Holiday style:








If you make it through this list, we have even more holiday favorites here.

December usually means a lot more time out and about, which can be a recipe for cranky kids and cranky parents. So we asked recipe expert Alejandra Ramos to create a Chocolate Candy Cane Smoothie for us…just don’t tell your kids it’s actually packed with protein. Learn how to make your own.


And I love this idea from former Parenting Magazine editor Kelly Ladd on how to create your own Lego travel box. Learn how to make your own.


 

On behalf of our team at Netflix, I wish you all a safe and happy Holiday season.

Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New PBS Programming for US Netflix Members!

We’re excited to share that as of today we have expanded our partnership with PBS to bring great new programs to our service alongside existing favorites such as Masterpiece, NOVA, Nature, Ken Burns and PBS Kids.

Starting today, children and families can now watch the new pre-school shows Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in addition to classic favorites such as Caillou, Arthur and SuperWhy!   Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,  produced by The Fred Rogers Company, builds on the pioneering PBS series Mr. Rogers Neighborhood by using music to help teach social-emotional themes.   Wild Kratts is an animated series by Chris and Martin Kratt which takes kids on adventures around the globe to learn about animals and their habitats.

The deal includes a large selection of documentaries from celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns, including the award-winning mini-series Prohibition (available today) and film Central Park Five (coming this fall). 

Also beginning in the fall we’re excited to be the exclusive subscription home for all seasons of The Bletchley Circle, a gripping mystery drama from the UK.   Bletchley is the story of four seemingly ordinary women who become the unlikely investigators of a string of grisly murders in this drama set in post-war London.

All this and much more for fans of documentaries, independent films, British Dramas and educational kids programs.  We hope you enjoy it!

Andy
Andy Yeatman is director of content acquisition at Netflix

Monday, October 1, 2012

Netflix “Just for Kids” Now on iPad

My boys are mad about iPad. My youngest will often take the family iPad into his makeshift fort to watch his favorite shows, streaming from Netflix.

I have some good news for my family and yours: Netflix “Just for Kids” is now available on iPad, the first mobile version of this special kid-friendly Netflix experience. Now parents, including myself, can be sure their kids find what they want and won't straggle into something that isn't appropriate.

Netflix “Just for Kids” is filled with movies and TV shows appropriate for kids12 and under, organized in a kid friendly way with large images of their favorite characters and genres such as superheroes, girl power and sing-alongs. Just click the new “Just for Kids” button in the upper left hand side of the Netflix App to enter the section.

Here’s a video introduction to Netflix “Just for Kids” on iPad.


Note: Netflix "Just for Kids" is initially available on iPad 2 and newer iPads, it will come to the original iPad and Android-powered tablets later.

David

David Watson is director of product innovation at Netflix and leads kids and family products

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Netflix “Just for Kids” Arrives on Xbox 360

I'm very happy to announce Netflix "Just for Kids" is now available on Xbox 360. When you go to Netflix on your Xbox, you will now have the option to go into a section designed especially for kids 12 and under, or the regular Netflix experience.

Whether you are a kid in age or a kid at heart, you will love Just for Kids, designed specifically for kids with content appropriate for those 12 and under.

My kids spend a lot of time on the Xbox and my wife and I are very careful with the games we allow them to play on it. The same can be said of shows and movies, my kids just aren't ready for most of the shows out there.

With Netflix Just for Kids it's easy for my kids and yours alike to stay in a safe area for their television viewing when using Xbox 360. Parents, you can unleash your kids in this section of Netflix and not worry about titles that could be inappropriate. As always, there are no commercials on Netflix.


Our "Just for Kids" section is popular on the Web site, Nintendo Wii, Apple TV and PS3, we are sure it will also be a hit on Xbox 360.

We hope you and your enjoy Just for Kids as much as mine do and stay tuned for more Just for Kids news.

David

David Watson is director of product innovation at Netflix, responsible for our family and kids innovations.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Netflix "Just for Kids" Now on PlayStation 3



I'm very happy to announce the latest release of Netflix "Just for Kids," now on the PlayStation 3. Whether you are a kid in age or a kid at heart, you will love our new section on the PS3, designed specifically for kids with content appropriate for those 12 and under.

Parents and caregivers, you can unleash your kids in this section of Netflix and not worry about titles that could be inappropriate. Our "Just for Kids" section was such a hit on the Web site, Nintendo Wii and Apple TV, that we have now added it to PS3.

Since we first launched "Just for Kids" as a dedicated section on Netflix.com in August of 2011, Netflix members have watched more than one billion hours of kids titles. That's a lot, considering that all of those hours are commercial free, as always on Netflix.

We hope you and your kids really enjoy Just for Kids on PS3 and stay tuned for more Just for Kids news.

David

David Watson is director of product innovation at Netflix, responsible for our family and kids innovations.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Netflix Just for Kids, Now on Wii



My two sons love watching shows they find in the Just for Kids section on Netflix. As a busy parent, I love that they can find great stuff to watch without my help. Now, we have made it even easier for youngsters to use this great section by making it available on Wii.

When you launch the Netflix app on Wii you can choose the Just for Kids section, letting the kids browse without worrying if they will come across content not intended for young viewers. Visit the Just for Kids section in the Netflix Wii app and you’ll find a world of TV shows and movies suitable for children 12 and under. With unlimited instant viewing my sons can watch as much Phineas and Ferb or Johnny Test as they want, without being interrupted by commercials.

David

David Watson is director of product innovation at Netflix, responsible for our family and kids stuff.