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Family Online Streaming

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 04.02.20

Where to Watch Kid-Friendly Films Online Right Now? 

Now that everyone is home, streaming options are the next best way to watch soon-to-be favorites. However, searching for streaming options can be overwhelming, especially when looking for an affordable site with quality content and an easy user interface. 

After diving head first into the massive world of online streaming services, I've highlighted the top three streaming platforms that hit all three of those requirements:

  1. High quality movies/tv shows
  2. Easy interface
  3. Affordable


Want to receive high quality films, TV shows, shorts, and story time all in one place? Kanopy offers all of it. Kanopy has their own Kanopy Kids page, just like Netflix. Kanopy Kids also has unlimited viewing, unlike the rest of their site which has a max of 20 play credits a month.

Titles in Kanopy Kids include: Sesame Street, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and award winning animated shorts. And that’s not all! Kanopy is library based and has a “Story Time” section with popular picture books turned into short animations like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus or Creepy Carrots!

Cost: FREE

How to get started: All you need is your library card to create your own login to receive access. 

What you get: Every user receives 20 play credits that is replenished on the 1st of every month.

Parental Control: Make sure your kids are watching age-appropriate content HERE.

Note: Don’t have a library card? No problem! Libraries are issuing cards through an online registration in NYC and Westchester County.


A streaming site that’s totally FREE! No sign-up of any kind is required. Tubi offers a channel specifically for kids TV shows and films, offering a mixture of small names and cute, cult classics and mainstream media! From the original Gumby TV show to Molly Monster, and feature length classics like Heidi (1993), Ella Enchanted, and the Secret of Nimh, there’s bound to be something for the pickiest watcher.

Cost: FREE

How to get started: (Click on the following links)

Tubi Kids Shows

Tubi Kids Movies

Parental Control: None


Unlike Kanopy and Tubi, Hulu Kids has more mainstream films and recognizable TV networks, such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Disney. So if you’re in the mood to watch Adventure Time, Teen Titans Go!, Jimmy Neutron, Doug, and much more, Hulu is the place to chill and watch! 

Looking for a movie to watch? Hulu has you covered with films like How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Horton Hears a Who!, and FernGully: The Last Rainforest. Hulu’s interface is top notch. Parents wondering if a film is age-appropriate can now scroll through lists curated by age range. There is even a list for babies!

Cost: 30 day free trial, then $6.99/month

How to get started: Click here for free trial and click here for Hulu Kids.

Parental Control: Yes! 

JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing List 

But what films should one start with? JBFC Kids top film picks are here to help! JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara has selected her favorite films from shorts to documentaries, and animations to silent films. These engaging and meaningful stories are fun for the whole family -- and ready to stream!

For parent reviews of each film please visit: