We’ve run through the catalogue of Foxtel Play kids' titles available on the service and picked out the best gems to give you some precious free time.
As much as I love my children, sometimes you just need them to sit the hell down and shut the hell up. It may sound aggressive to those of you yet to engage in the “joys” of parenthood, but it is in fact a mentality derived from sheer desperation. A plea for sanity amidst a cataclysm of chaos. And for those of you who are parents, I can imagine right now your knowing nods of agreement. Thank you.
The TV is a great – and often the only – way of achieving some peace when war has broken out between you and the kids. At finder.com.au we have a fantastic deal running for a limited time where you can get a free two-week trial of Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now). the service offers a suite of great kids programming that can keep the little ones occupied for bite-sized chunks of the day.
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Here are my picks for the best kid-distracting children’s programming on Foxtel Play, for those five and under.
1. Paw Patrol
Pawp Papowl, as my two-year-old daughter calls it, is pretty brilliant. The action takes place in Adventure Bay, where a young boy called Ryder has formed the titular team of canines. Blessed with positive attitudes, cute animations and clearly defined roles, they tackles the troubles of the quaint little town’s oddball residents. The way the team solves problems by using each character’s unique skills is clear and easy for the kids to understand, and they just love it.
2. Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Jack and the Neverland Pirates has an essential ingredient for any child’s imagination: pirates. Few modern kids shows have an obvious villain, but in Captain Hook, this Peter Pan spin-off has a wonderfully silly and fanatically voiced antagonist who can be enjoyed by all ages. The tropical island settings always provide a rich backdrop, and there is a sense of adventure that few other shows match.
3. Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins pulls kids right into the world they make-believe with their toys in a way that really appeals to them. The young doctor cares and looks after toys that fall out of love with other children or otherwise become damaged. There are a number of recurring characters that talk and share a relationship with the doctor, but appear as normal stuffed animals, figurines and robots to parents. It’s Toy Story-lite, and endearing fun.
4. Miles from Tomorrowland
I’ve only just picked up on Miles from Tomorrowland, which launched in 2015, but already I can see it becoming a favourite with the little ones. Miles is a young astronaut who lives on a spaceship with his robotic ostrich pal. Episodes see him adventuring to strange new planets, helping other space-dwellers and doing it all with space age technology. It has an incredible voice cast, too, including Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. If your child has started looking with wonder at the stars, this will knock them out of the park.
5. Sheriff Callie's Wild West
If you can handle the twangy accents, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West brings with it a fantasy location that fascinates my kids. It’s vastly different from anything else out there, turning classic Western clichés and carnival-like activities into easily digestible plot devices with enough memorable characters to stop the episodes from bogging down.
How does Foxtel Play work?
Foxtel Play is streamed through an app you can download to Samsung, LG and Sony Smart TVs, PCs, Macs, Xbox consoles and PlayStation consoles. It can also be viewed on your smartphone or tablet through the Foxtel Go app.