TV is experiencing a renaissance. With the proliferation of streaming entertainment, viewers have more choices and control than ever over what and when they watch.
The Roku 3 streaming player is leading the way with the best selection of streaming entertainment anywhere—including popular premium services such as PBS KIDS, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Spotify, and MLB.TV as well as many free options like Crackle and Pandora. In fact, Roku 3 brings you access to over 750 channels!
Not sure where to begin? Roku’s intuitive interface and one-stop search lets you explore thousands of titles instantly. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite shows and movies for family TV time:
For the Kids
The smallest TV watchers in your family will find their most beloved TV characters on Roku 3. Here are Parenting’s picks of ever-popular (and educational!) shows:
Curious George® is a fun little monkey with voracious curiosity. Like George, children are natural explorers and scientists, and they're anxious to know how things work. The series uses George to motivate children to expand their own investigations of the world, and his adventures offer the perfect vehicles for introducing preschoolers to key concepts in science, engineering, and math. Find it on the PBS KIDS, Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon Instant Video channels.
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Super WHY! helps children ages 3 to 6 learn to read through interactive story adventures. It features a team of literacy-powered super heroes: Alpha Pig (with Alphabet Power), Wonder Red (with Word Power), Princess Presto (with Spelling Power), and Super Why (with the Power to Read). Super WHY! focuses on reading fundamentals such as letter identification, word decoding, phonemic awareness, word encoding and phonics, and reading comprehension. Find it on the PBS KIDS, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video channels.
Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific learning. Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes, and oceans, as they unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology. Find it on the PBS KIDS, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video channels.
For the Whole Family
With hundreds of thousands of shows and movies available on Roku 3, there’s always something for everyone.
Here are a few of Parenting’s favorite picks for family viewing. A bonus: Indulge your child’s enthusiasm for a favorite movie by offering her the use of Roku 3’s headphones and private listening mode—so you don’t have to watch it on repeat.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (all ages)
The world of Dr. Seuss comes to life in this visually spectacular adventure. Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree to impress the girl of his dreams. On his journey, Ted discovers the story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. It’s a funny and poignant tale that teaches about the importance of saving our natural resources and living a more meaningful, less materialistic life. Find it on the Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and Blockbuster on Demand channels.
Hugo (middle-schoolers and older)
A period adventure about the art and magic of movies, this sophisticated story is best for children over 8. Kids will take away worthwhile messages about perseverance and overcoming fears, and budding filmmakers will especially delight in the movie's overall message. Find it on the Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu channels.
How to Train Your Dragon (all ages)
A young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon, and learns not to judge a book by its cover. He also learns to follow his intuition, that you get what you give, and that to be successful you must be patient and determined. Find it on the Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and Blockbuster on Demand channels.
Stuart Little (all ages)
Stuart Little, about a mouse who is the child of a human family, has good action scenes, appealing characters, and insights about sibling rivalry and the fear of failure. Families can talk about what makes people feel that they "fit in" and about the pitfalls of acting on jealousy. Find it on the Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu channels.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (all ages)
Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple—and, of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe, where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent, Madagascar style. Find it on the HBO GO and Vudu channels.
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