Christmas is officially over which means it’s time to break away from the Christmas movies and return to the realm of kids’ TV shows. Yep, we’re packing away Christmas Chronicles and Arthur Christmas for another year, guys.

But before you fall in a heap of despair at having to endure a whole summer of Cocomelon (oh the horror!), let us introduce you to a whole new crop of kids’ TV shows and preschool TV shows that educate and entertain.

Check out a few of our top picks for kids’ TV shows coming to an air-conditioned living room near you!

For our Glamorous Girls and Guys

Karma’s World: Available now on Netflix

kids' tv shows to stream this summer

Karma’s World, created by multi-award-winning rapper and actor Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, follows Karma, an aspiring musical artist and rapper with huge talent and ambition, and an even bigger heart. 

The series is aimed at kids 6-9 years and focuses on themes of self-expression, identity, leadership, creativity and the importance of community as ten-year-old Karma uses her music to help her family, friends and community, while learning just how much power her words can have. She doesn’t just want to share her music with the world… she wants to change the world with it!

For our Boisterous Boys and Girls

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous S4: Available now on Netflix

kids' tv shows to stream this summer

Six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Camp Cretaceous, a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar, must work together to survive when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island.

This season, finally escaping Isla Nublar, the campers find themselves in grave danger when shipwrecked on a mysterious island. As the group begins to uncover the strange secrets of this new land, they must hatch a plan to not only save themselves, but also protect the dinosaurs from the sinister forces at work.

Dragons – The Nine Realms: Available now on STAN

Set 1,300 years after the events of How To Train Your Dragon, dragons are now just a legend to the modern world. When a geological anomaly opens up an immense, miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface, scientists from all over the world gather at a new research facility to study the mysterious phenomenon.

Soon a group of misfit kids, brought to the site by their parents, uncover the truth about dragons and where they’ve been hiding — a secret they must keep to themselves to protect what they’ve discovered.

For our Precious Pre-schoolers

Gabby’s Dollhouse S3: Available now on Netflix

kids' tv shows to stream this summer

Welcome to Gabby’s Dollhouse, one of the best preschool TV shows with a surprise inside! Follow Gabby as she unboxes a surprise before jumping into a fantastical animated world full of adorable cat characters that live inside Gabby’s dollhouse. Through DIY crafting projects, baking recipes and brain games, every room of Gabby’s Dollhouse is filled with exciting activities and magical adventures to keep kids engaged and entertained.

Filled with groovy music, creative crafts and lessons to learn along the way, Gabby’s Dollhouse is filled with meow-mazing adventures.

Dino Ranch: Available now on Disney+

kids' tv shows to stream this summer

Packed with comedy and adventure, Dino Ranch showcases dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes whilst introducing kids to problem-solving, the foundations of forging life-long friendships, strengthening family and community bonds, and taking care of animals.

The new preschool TV show highlights the value of hard work and commitment to teamwork, as the three adopted young Cassidy rancheros, Jon, Min, and Miguel work on adapting to the ranch life by pulling together to look after the dinosaurs on the working farm, all under the sure and steady guidance of their Ma & Pa.

Kids’ TV shows for our Tiny Toddlers

Love Monster: Available now on ABC iview

Love Monster follows the colourful and funny adventures of the lovable hairy hero ‘Love Monster’ as he searches for the right thing to do in a world in which he is one of a kind.

Based on the bestselling series of books by award-winning British author and illustrator Rachel Bright, Love Monster showcases the importance of kindness, empathy, connection and instinct, and is packed full of ‘big life’ learnings for little ones. 

More kids’ TV shows to stream

Of course, you really can’t go past some of the classic kids’ TV programs out there. If your kids haven’t already discovered these gems, now’s a great time to indulge in some telly downtime:

Our top TV series picks for kids:

For the young ‘uns

  1. Bluey 
  2. Paw Patrol
  3. Blue’s Clues & You!
  4. The Wiggles (any of their shows, really) 
  5. Pony Life
  6. And, of course, Play School! 

NOTE: Peppa Pig has been purposely left off this list because she drives me absolutely batsh*t crazy. 

For the older kids

  1. The Odd Squad
  2. The Inbestigators
  3. Little Lunch
  4. 100 Things to Do Before High School
  5. Troll Hunters

For tweens and teens

  1. The Next Step
  2. The Babysitter’s Club
  3. Mythbusters
  4. Lego Masters
  5. Nowhere Boys

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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