Apple TV Cartoon and Video Apps for Kids

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PlayKids – Learn Through Play

Caution: Kids at play

For parents who don’t mind subscribing to another video service.

For younger viewers, PlayKids is a great choice. Along with a great catalog of shows like “Sesame Street,” “Ella the Elephant,” and others, there are also a number of educational videos and games to select from as well.

Why we love it

If you’re looking for a comprehensive service that can be accessed on the Apple TV along with other iOS devices, PlayKids should be high on your list. The catalog is full of popular children’s shows, and the educational games and foreign language learning content is a big plus.

For those who…

  • Don’t mind paying a subscription fee for more content.
  • Don’t want to have their kids view advertisements.

Not for those who…

  • Looking for a free resource.
  • Parents with older children.

Explore the best of PBS programming


Featured videos

For younger children who enjoy watching PBS.

New videos are added every week bringing a new way to engage kids in reading, science, math, and other important subjects. You can also access the guide from your local PBS station and learn more about the TV series, including intended age and learning goals.

Why we love it

For any house with younger children, PBS is always a popular place for great programming. And this app allows kids to watch their favorite shows from the network with just a few clicks.

For those who…

  • Enjoy PBS Kids programming like “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and more.
  • Looking for a free video resource.

Not for those who…

  • Parents with older children who have outgrown PBS programming.
  • Looking for more complete episodes.
Kidoodle.TV - Kid Safe TV

Keep entertained and store your own family videos

Kidoodle.TV – Kid Safe TV

Movies and TV shows galore

For parents looking for a full-featured video service.

A top draw is the Family Moments feature. You can upload family photos and videos and watch them directly from an Apple TV. You’ll receive 100GB of storage. A subscription is $ 4.99 per month and you’ll need to create an account through the iOS device to start watching on the big screen. A number of other features, like profiles, time limits, curfews, and more are only accessible through the app.

Why we love it

This is another great choice if you’re willing to pay for a subscription. Family Moments is a unique feature and perfect for any family looking for a way to store and watch their videos on the Apple TV and other iOS devices.

For those who…

  • Parents looking for a full-featured video service.
  • Don’t mind subscribing to unlock great features like the Family Video service.

Not for those who…

  • With kids who aren’t a fan of some of the lesser-known programs.
  • Want a free way to help entertain their children.
NOGGIN Preschool

Blue, Franklin, and Little Bear are waiting for you to take a spin on Apple TV

NOGGIN Preschool

Pick a show and go

For those who want their preschoolers to have their favorite shows at hand.

With Noggin – Preschool shows and educational videos for kids your little ones can enjoy their favorites all in one spot. From “Backyardigans” and “Blue’s Clues” to “Oswald” and “Pocoyo,” the app has over 15 shows to choose from with new videos added weekly. So, if your preschooler would love to see Moose and Zee guide them through a colorful app full of enjoyable and educational shows, check it out on Apple TV.

Why we love it

Noggin – Preschool shows and educational videos for kids offers over 15 favorites with new videos added each week. So, for all those great shows in one location, pop up the app on Apple TV and enjoy a few with your kids.

For those who…

  • You do not mind subscribing to the service.
  • You like the shows offered for your kids.

Not for those who…

  • You do not want to pay for a subscription.
  • Your children do not like or watch the shows offered.
Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

It’s rhyme time

Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

Rhyme time

For parents looking to help entertain and educate their younger children.

A curated offering of more than 1,000 different episodes, Hopster focuses on quality content for younger viewers in an ad-free environment. The simple interface is easy to learn, and the service is also available on an iPhone or iPad. It’s $ 4.99 per month.

Why we love it

With a focus on quality content, Hopster is another great choice to take a look at. While it offers the usual education fare, we really applaud the focus on empathy, caring, and decision making for younger viewers.

For those who…

  • Want to access the content using their iPhone or iPad along with the Apple TV.
  • Are looking for an ad-free environment.

Not for those who…

  • Don’t want to pay extra.
  • Older children who have outgrown some of the basic cartoons.

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