My youngest graduated from grade 8 earlier this week and with that, my elementary school days are now behind me. For better or for worse, I now have 2 teenagers at home this summer. It hit me how my summers have changed from playdates, going to the park, visiting the zoo, and summer camps to now chauffeuring my kids and their pals around. My daughter starts her summer job this week (yes more chauffeuring) and will attend the University of Toronto’s Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program this summer as my son looks to get a jump start to getting his high school volunteer hours and playing baseball. Though our summer plans have evolved over the years, it’s (unfortunately) no less busy – just a different kind of busy.
Though busy is good, especially with kids (no matter what age), they (like us) look forward to relaxing after a full day. Down time is good, in fact we all need it. For me, I unwind to Netflix. Having just finished watching season 5 of House of Cards (which was so very very good!), it’s time to start my next binge.
My daughter’s current favourites are Moana, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars and 13 Reasons Why. My son prefers Doctor Strange, Independence Day Resurgence and Pirates of the Caribbean. But he always had a love for animals ever since he was young. So documentaries like Frozen Planet and Wild Ones also makes for a great way to unwind. In fact, these 2 shows will take the viewer to faraway lands, like the Arctic Plains in Frozen Planet or the jungles in Wild Ones. Side note: my son came in as I had Wild Ones on the screen and he is excited to watch this!
So take your kids on the ultimate adventure this summer but don’t forget your Netflix Passports. Oh the places you’ll go! Download your Netflix Passport here.
Netflix Launches New Interactive Adventure
Yes you read that right, it’s not a typo. Netflix just introduced their new interactive adventure Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale where kids decide how the adventure unfolds. At several points during the show, kids will help direct which path Puss will follow. Should Puss fight mean angry bears or should Puss be friends with the bears? It’s all up to you. Best of all, kids can watch it again and again and mix up the storylines each time!
Puss in Book is just the beginning. Netflix will be introducing 2 more interactive adventures later this year with Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout. So be sure to keep yourself tuned in to Tweenhood to stay on top of the latest Netflix news.
To learn more about Netflix’s new interactive adventure, check out the video below.
What’s New on Netflix
GLOW – Season 1; Now Streaming
GYPSY – Season 1; Starts June 30
For the kids
Dawn of the Croods Season 4 – Starts July 7
Luna Petunia Season 2 – Starts July 7
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Season 5 – Starts July 28
Disclosure: As a member of Netflix Canada’s Stream Team, I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all opinions are my own.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.