Summer came early this year for millions of school children. Thankfully, so has family-friendly entertainment. After Disney+ released Frozen II early and promised digital downloads of recent films like Onward, Amazon has dropped its Prime paywall to provide access to free kids shows.
More than 40 titles are now available worldwide, according to Variety, which tipped original programming Pete the Cat, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Just Add Magic. You’ll also find select seasons of PBS Kids series like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Arthur, Caillou, Reading Rainbow, and Wild Kratts. European viewers can also catch up on episodes of Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.
Availability varies based on your location, and users must have at least a basic Amazon account to access gratis kids’ content. You can sign up online or simply dive right in.
If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, Amazon subsidiary IMDb TV curated more than 80 family films to watch for free (with ads). The catalogue ranges from the classic (Little Giants, All Dogs Go to Heaven 1 & 2, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Fly Away Home) to the ultra-modern (Early Man, The Nut Job, Birds of Paradise, Radio Rebel, Pixies).
As Variety points out, lowering the paywall for kids’ shows can help “generate goodwill with parents looking for ways to keep their kids occupied during the COVID-19 emergency.” Plus, it encourages people to get more bang for their buck by signing up for Amazon’s $119-per-year Prime membership, which includes all of these children’s shows and more. Folks can also subscribe to PBS Kids through Amazon for $4.99 a month to access even more broadcasts.