Ever since they were little, my kids have been consistently exposed to arts and culture. I vividly remember my son, at the age of 2, asking “Go to ROM?” at least twice every week! We’ve been fortunate to have memberships to both the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario for many years, and love going to see old favourites (the dinosaurs at ROM and the AGO’s Group of Seven collection are “must-see” exhibits) and new ones (highly recommend the Blue Whale at ROM and Georgia O’Keeffe at AGO).
Now, I don’t know if this early exposure to museums has played a part in their natural curiosity, but I’ve got to say – my kids LOVE anything scientific or historical. Movies about other cultures or ancient societies? Yes, please! Historical dramas and medieval mysteries? Bring them on!
So, when I recently suggested Queen of Katwe on Netflix for family movie night, they were all for it. And, I’ve got to say, Queen of Katwe did not disappoint! It was a wonderful story that gave my kids a glimpse of what life is like in the slums of Africa. It also gave them a greater appreciation for all they have – access to education, food, shelter – and taught them about the resilience of the human spirit.
It also got me thinking about all of the amazing educational movies that are out there. Movies like Happy Feet, Frozen Planet and Walking With Dinosaurs (which my son particularly loved) are all fun, interesting – yet educational – ways to entertain kids.
This summer, after long days at camp or fun adventures in the sun, let your kids unwind a little. Let them explore a new time, place or culture and earn ‘stamps’ on their Netflix passport! (You can download their very own passport here!)
I’d love to hear your kids’ picks! Comment below with educational movies or shows that you think my family would like; I’m always looking for recommendations!!
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