Best TV for Kids
With spring just around the corner, there’s bound to be a few rainy days where you’re going to need some indoor entertainment. Timeout New York compiled a list of the best TV shows for kids, helping us to feel a little less guilty about them watching.
Our first choice is It’s Hip Hop Baby! Pop in one of our DVDs and get your kids moving, learning, AND entertained all in one.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Based on stories written by British clergyman Wilbert Awdry, about a group of talking engines who aspire to be “Really Useful” to the railway manager, Thomas & Friends (as it’s also known) shows kids what we mean when we talk about emotions like doubt, worry, excitement and caring.
Yo Gabba Gabba!
Now in its second season, this show has already cornered the market on cool guest stars (Elijah Wood, the Shins), offbeat lessons (it has taught viewers how to play the therein) and danceable music (Of Montreal has provided tunes). It’s a new-new classic for the post-post-punk generation.
Boob tube, meet the podcast. Resolved to ponder but never to pander, the series addresses such of-today concepts as instant celebrity, technoliteracy (teen Carly Shay produces her own Web show) and even the hardships of military families (her dad is stationed overseas). Look for Miranda Cosgrove to become a crossover star come adulthood.
Other Top Picks:
Barney & Friends
Let us know what your kid’s favorite shows are!