Searching the online video jungle for family-friendly kids movies can be tough. Websites like YouTube often have content that is not appropriate for children.
There are websites that specialize in kids movies and family videos—including full-length movies and TV shows for kids. I've collected several of the best here. These websites have videos ranging from the silly to the educational, but they're all curated for kid-friendly content.
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This fantastic collection of videos is so diverse that you can go from learning about pygmy seahorses to exploring the Indian railroad to exploring outer space. You'll find a video on the tallest house of cards (according to the Guinness Book of World Records), a movie premiere and even a trip to France with cartoon pigs Toot and Puddle. Most of the videos are geared towards elementary and middle school students, but it all has the National Geographic Kids seal of approval.
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PBS Kids is a wonderful website for preschoolers and early elementary school kids. This collection of videos, which changes each week, highlights some of the best moments from PBS Kids programming.
Among the clips, you may find are videos from Steve Songs, science explorations with Sid the Science Kid and adventures with Curious George. There are links to the website for each show, so you can explore further with your kids.
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Kideos is a collection of videos for kids that is nicely broken down into appropriate age brackets and categories. The content will probably be familiar to your family as it includes clips from "Sesame Street," Disney movies, "Baby Einstein" and more.
The site is simple and uncluttered and organized in a way that makes it easy to find what you're looking for. It is powered by YouTube.
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PBS Kids Sprout is a television network for kids ages two through five with a focus on having parents and kids learn together.
The collection of videos is organized by show and topic, and it includes favorites "Bob the Builder," "Caillou," "Angelina Ballerina," "Kipper," "Berenstain Bears" and "Thomas the Tank Engine". There is also a wonderful collection of parenting videos (crafts, educational tips, etc.) in the "Sprout for Parents"... section.
Some videos are preceded by an ad (primarily for other Sprout programming).Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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If your kids are excited by Spongebob Squarepants, iCarly and the Fairly Odd Parents then this is the site for your family. It features a nice collection of clips and full-length episodes. Expect some advertisements from other Nick shows, games, and properties.
If you aren't familiar with Nick programming, it's best suited for upper elementary, middle and high school students, although younger kids certainly find the cartoons engaging.
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For younger kids, Disney.com has clips from classic and new movies as well as trailers for upcoming animated films. Older kids will enjoy full-length TV episodes (such as "Hannah Montana" and "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"), music videos and interviews of their favorite stars.
Many of the videos have advertising at the beginning.