We selected a few exciting highlights from this summer’s must see shows for kids. Many funny and lighthearted children’s shows have recurring seasons airing this summer that focus on teaching social, leadership and teamwork skills. And a new collection from Disney features Asian and Pacific Islander creators and characters.
Disney’s Asian and Pacific Islander Stories
Even though every culture should be appreciated and respected year round, there are days or a whole month in which we fully recognize the beauty of a particular culture. This month, Disney+ launched a special collection of “Asian and Pacific Islander Stories” in order to honor Asian and Pacific Islander (API) culture. This special collection provides an ideal outlet for young children to learn the importance of diversity through “the stories that connect us.”
High fives and handshakes are a big deal for the Helpsters as it is an essential part of their lesson to inspire collaboration and friendship. However, it is not all they do. From the creators of “Sesame Street” comes “Helpsters,” a live-action pre-school show that received the Parents Choice Gold Medal award. For the last 3 seasons, Heart, Scatter, Cody and the rest of the Helpsters gang have been teaching pre-schoolers the importance of teamwork and collaboration when faced with a situation. They encourage children to have confidence in themselves, show kindness to others and make beautiful friendships with people, or puppets, that they may meet in their journeys. From their vibrant colors to their consistent positive attitude, “Helpsters” is an entertaining yet educational tool that teaches essential social skills. Find more episodes on Apple TV+ with the new season premiering globally May 27.
Boss Baby: Back in the Crib
From the big screen to our home devices, DreamWorks Anination’s “Boss Baby” is taking over Netflix May 19 with its original series “Boss Baby: Back in the Crib.” The story follows Boss Baby years into the future when his older brother Tim must now look after him. Behind the scenes, our beloved baby is working with the new CEO Tina to take down “The Uncuddleables” before they destroy Baby Corp. This continuation of the Boss Baby universe includes strong female leaders, new characters and cuteness overload for the whole family.
Harriet the Spy
“Harriet the Spy” takes place in 1960’s New York City, home to an outgoing and curious 11 year old girl who dreams of becoming a writer. Her game plan to achieve this goal: be a spy and know everything about everyone. Harriet brings her friends along to assist in her various investigations. Harriet encourages independence, to learn from our mistakes and stay true to ourselves. An underlying coming of age plot that exposes the importance that we live, learn, and improve. Debuts May 20 on Apple TV+.
Dragons: The Nine Realms
The world of “How to Train Your Dragon” lives on in the new series “Dragons: The Nine Realms” which recently launched their second season. The story takes place 1300 years into the future, following their initial Viking timeline. It is now the modern world in which dragons are mere myths, that is, until they are rediscovered by a group of teenagers who vow to protect the dragons and their secret. A fast-paced and and high-energy series that promotes teamwork and the courage to take a stand to defend and protect those who are in need of help. Second season available now on Hulu and Peacock. Ages 8 and up.
For more film and TV suggestions, check out our April New on Screen roundup.