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School holidays are great. Keeping the kids entertained the whole time is not great. Add in the current situation in Australia due to COVID-19 and you're limited to largely keeping inside. That then narrows your choices right down to boardgames, toys, devices or TV streaming.
It's especially challenging if you're trying to keep younger kids entertained over the school break. But there is a way to avoid a dystopian future with the same episode of Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol on endless repeat: sign up for a streaming TV service. The handy part is that you can do that without even having to pay.
Most of the major streaming services – Stan, Foxtel Now, Prime Video, hayu, 10 All Access – offer a free trial when you first sign up. So you can pick any (or all) of those services and watch them without paying a red cent.
Just be sure to make a note on your calendar and cancel the service the day before the trial is due to expire, otherwise you'll end up paying. (You have to supply credit card details to sign up for any of these trials.)
Here's the rundown for how long you can enjoy each streaming service for free:
- Prime Video. Free with Amazon Prime, which comes with a 30-day free trial. Prime Video is currently offering some original kids' shows completely free.
- Foxtel Now. Get a 10-day free trial when you sign up, which features access to all channel packs, including Kids.
- hayu. The reality TV platform offers a generous 30-day free trial and hundreds of addictive shows; though oriented towards an adult audience (parents need a break too).
- Stan. Offers a 30-day free trial, which is plenty of time for the little ones to watch some kids' content and adults to catch up with popular shows like Better Call Saul and Billions.
- 10 All Access. The service boasts a one-month free trial, in which time you can pick from a range of comforting procedurals, while the little ones can relax with classic shows like 7th Heaven or Family Ties.
Note: Netflix doesn't currently offer a free trial period in Australia.
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