School’s out: The top six holiday picks for kids of all ages on Showmax
TV time is free time for kids and parents! Make sure it’s also quality time with these great shows.
Holiday time means more for parents to think about, but for the kids, it’s time to take a brain break and relax. Make their daily screen time magical with the best shows and movies on Showmax.
Storyline: If you can dream it, you can build it! Budding engineer and inventor Rusty Rivets and his best friend Ruby modify, customise, and Rustify, solving problems with clever designs and the help of Rusty’s awesome robots.
Claim to fame: The Daytime Emmy-nominated Canadian animated series has an excellent voice cast and promotes curiosity about scientific principles and STEM fundamentals.
Age: 6+ – 100
Storyline: Caveman Dug and his trusty sidekick Hognob must lead the tribe to save their valley home as the Stone Age meets the Bronze Age in a mighty clash … on the soccer field.
Claim to fame: This heartwarming British stop-motion comedy movie from Nick Park and Aardman Animation (Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep) is perfect for the whole family to watch together. It’s a multiple Annie Award nominee and Common Sense Media Selection with an all-star voice cast including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki in Thor), Maisie Williams (aka Arya in Game of Thrones), and Miriam Margolyes and Timothy Spall from Harry Potter.
100 Things To Do Before High School
Storyline: CJ can’t wait to start high school, till a reality check from her older brother puts things like relentless workloads and fading friendships into perspective for her. Now CJ’s on a mission to make the most of her middle-school friendships, with a bucket list of crazy last-chance adventures.
Claim to fame: This award-winning series about real best friends stars Isabela Moner, who’ll be every under-12’s favourite actress by the time you read this, thanks to her title role in Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
Age: 8+ – 100
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Storyline: These days it seems like every superhero is getting their own movie. Their sidekicks? Not so much. Robin and his gang of budding superhero friends set out to win over a Hollywood director, but to be taken seriously, they’ll need to defeat a real villain and, you know, maybe throw in a few musical numbers along the way.
Claim to fame: Nominated for an Annie award for outstanding writing, this funny, clever animated spoof movie is a great watch for the whole family – teens included. It’s packed with multi-layered jokes and references to the superhero classics, which means that while the kids are cracking up at the potty humour, there’s a whole lot for the rest of us to enjoy too. Apart from the familiar voices from the series, celeb cameos to listen out for include Nicolas Cage, Will Arnett, Jimmy Kimmel and Kristen Bell, who received a Kid’s Choice nomination for Favourite Female Voice for her role as Hollywood director Jade Wilson.
Storyline: Meet K.C. Cooper – tech whiz, maths genius, black belt … teenager. What she doesn’t know is that her parents are spies – and they’re about to recruit her to their team.
Claim to Fame: It-girl Zendaya (The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Euphoria) stars as K.C., complete with kick-ass fights – in heels, of course – and awkward teen humour, a combination that’s earned her two Kids’ Choice Awards for Favourite Female TV Star. The comedy series also received two Emmy nominations, for stunt coordination and cinematography.
Storyline: A downed pilot brings news of WW1 to the hidden island home of the mythical Amazonian warriors, setting apprentice warrior princess Diana on a quest to confront Ares, the god of war, and plunging her into the middle of the war itself.
Claim to Fame: DC’s biggest female superhero comic book adaptation was a box-office smash hit. Parents, stay close – this is not a movie for younger kids, but it is great to watch with the teens, and could kick off conversations about war, morality and doing the right thing. Wonder Woman carries a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is a Common Sense Media Selection. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine won the 2019 Teen Choice Action Movie Actress and Actor awards, starring alongside Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (House of Cards) and nominee David Thewlis (Fargo). The follow-up movie, Wonder Woman 1984, is due for release next year.