The other day my 2nd grader asked if he could watch a PBS show. It’s many parents’ go-to choice for “educational” TV, right?
When I told him he could watch a documentary, he crumpled, showing his disappointment. That’s when I decided to check out CuriosityStream a streaming service that provides a fantastic collection of documentaries for curious learners. I asked which topic he was most interested in exploring. He begrudgingly chose dinosaurs.
The first suggestion in that category was a “Rock The Park” episode. Rock The Park taps into America’s love affair with our national parks by chronicling two guys who have made it their life’s mission to explore every national park in the country, pushing their physical limits as they go off the beaten path to discover some of the most awe-inspiring places on earth.
Less than 5 minutes in, my son yelled out “this isn’t really about dinosaurs but it’s REALLY fun!” He watched several episodes that day and learned about glaciers, fly fishing, bear safety and more, explaining it all to my husband that evening.
Following our visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Extension during today’s home learning field trip, he suggested we see if CuriosityStream had any documentaries on air flight.
He immediately recognized that turning to CuriosityStream would result in finding a relevant documentary without wasting too much time browsing through the other streaming platforms plus he was suddenly a lot more curious!
He asked several questions during the documentary and now has a list of topics he wants to explore in the future.
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So, What Is CuriosityStream?
CuriosityStream is the world’s leading documentary and non-fiction streaming service covering science, nature, history, biographies of real characters of consequence and pretty much anything else you can think of. It’s a great collection of documentaries for curious learners at a very affordable price.
You can learn about our natural world alongside luminaries like Sir David Attenborough, look at our universe with wonder as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene broaden your perspective on space, time and the future, and step back in time and explore dinosaurs, ancient history, and the rise of homo sapiens.
CuriosityStream also offers CuriosityKIDS, a dedicated collection of safe, entertaining and inspiring programs for families to enjoy together or for kids to watch on their own. Let CuriosityKids spark a love of learning and a passion for exploration. Plus, all CuriosityStream shows are downloadable so you can keep kids entertained while on the go. Whether your kids are budding astronomers, paleontologists, or historians, CuriosityStream has got you covered with award-winning, ad-free content.
The best parts? (aka Why we love Curiosity Stream)
- Curiosity Stream makes it really easy to find documentaries on his chosen topics!
- Many of the documentaries are short and easily digestible – another reason for its success with my ADHD son!
- It peaks his curiosity and excites him to ask questions
- It’s ad free
- It offers numerous topics to choose from
- At $19.99/year or $2.99/month, it’s affordable!
The drawbacks to CuriosityStream
- There are few amazing documentaries we have watched on Netflix and Disney Plus which I wish were on CuriosityStream for ease but, since there are hundreds others (and we have subscriptions to the other channels for their movies anyway), we still get lots of value from CuriosityStream.
I do want to note that I am an affiliate for the program, but that’s because I truly do love Curiosity Stream for our home learning family. Not to mention, it really does help with my son’s curiosity!
As you know, I’m all about keeping learning fun, flexible, and curious – and Curiosity Stream makes it easy to do just that!
Do you already use CuriosityStream? What are some of your favorite shows?