Excellent Documentaries To Watch With Your Kids
- by XpatAthens
How about some family-friendly documentaries!? They can be just as exciting and entertaining as narrative films but at the same time they're educational and powerful. This list of documentaries for kids will entertain, teach, captivate, and hopefully generate a lasting interest on the subject matter. Happy watching!
1. Planet Earth, Ages: 6+
Narrated by David Attenborough, each 50-minute episode in this 11-part, Emmy-winning series features a dazzling portrait of a geographical region or wildlife habitat. The far-flung locations and impossible moments with some of the world’s most astonishing creatures can help inspire respect for our planet and the desire to preserve our fragile ecosystem.
2. March of the Penguins, Ages: 6+
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this blockbuster documentary tells the story of the emperor penguins in the South Pole, and their yearly mating ritual and harsh journeys to build a family. The imagery is stunning, the penguins adorable, and the story will help children understand animal behavior. Expect to cry, expect to feel deeply moved, and expect to hold your own family close.
3. Bears, Ages: 6+
This breathtaking documentary follows a mama bear and her three cubs as she teaches them how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. What’s incredible about this film is that cameras go inside the bears’ den, allowing us to witness her cubs’ first moments. This is a great film for kids because it reinforces the mother-child bond in a way they’ve likely never seen.
4. Spellbound, Ages 8+
This documentary follows eight competitors participating in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee, showing how much kids train to compete, and how much families sacrifice for their wunderkind spellers.
5. Mad Hot Ballroom, Ages: 8+
This African nature documentary film follows a story of survival, as a lioness faces an arduous battle to preserve the lives of herself and her three cubs. Emotional, eye-gripping, and magnificent it focuses on the burdens of parenthood in a lion family.
7. In the Shadow of the Moon, Ages: 9+
This documentary film about NASA's moon missions includes live interviews with the extraordinary astronauts who manned them, intertwining both history and science. The captivating movie is filled with magnificent footage from the most famous space journeys and it's sure to fascinate both you and your science-loving kids.
Originally posted in Greek on InfoKids.gr