Go prehistoric with your kids: Watch these TV shows about dinosaurs
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? These prehistoric creatures have captured the hearts of kids & adults alike since the first fossils were discovered nearly two centuries ago. Admit it, you still crave the latest dinosaur news. If you haven’t already shared these prehistoric creatures with your kids, what are you waiting for?!
If you’re bored out of your gourd in quarantine, ran out of homeschool ideas, or just want to visit some old dino-themed favorites, we got you covered with some great dinosaur selections you can show to your kids.
If you have small children who love dinosaurs, this PBS show is perfect to show them. This dinosaur TV show is made for the preschool set and teaches kids about natural science & paleontology. So if you’re teaching littles at home and looking for some shows to get them hooked on science, look no further!
This show also teaches kids positive lessons. Common Sense Media told parents “the show also celebrates differences and encourages respect for others, as Buddy’s travels lead him to make many new friends whose lifestyles and appearances are very different from his”.
Dinosaur Train even has a section on PBS Kids’ website where your little ones can play games and learn interactively about dinosaurs.
Another great, educational dinosaur TV show is Dino Dan. Premiering on Canada’s TVOKids, your child can follow along with young, budding paleontologist Dan Handerson as he learns about dinosaurs and how to discover cool facts about these prehistoric creatures. One of the highest-rated episodes of this dinosaur TV show is where Dan shows viewers how scientists know if dinosaurs were warm-blooded!
You can check out Dino Dan and all of Dan’s discoveries on Hulu.
Walking With Dinosaurs
If you’re in the mood for a documentary the whole family can enjoy, the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs is available to stream on Netflix. This dinosaur TV show uses state-of-the-art technology to bring dinos to life, bringing viewers from the Triassic to the Cretaceous period to explore the life, evolution, and extinction of these magnificent creatures.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
In this dinosaur TV show on Netflix, several young campers become the first people to experience Jurassic Park’s latest project: a kids’ campsite on Isla Nublar. It seems like a dream come true for the new arrivals – after all, who doesn’t want to camp with dinosaurs? Also, since it’s a Jurassic Park show, what could possibly go wrong?
As expected, the carnivorous dinos break out of their enclosures and chaos ensues. The campers find themselves on their own, having to use their wits & know-how to fend off the dinosaurs roaming free on Isla Nublar.
Since it’s a kids’ show, it’s not as scary as the movies in the Jurassic Park franchise, but it’s probably best for kids seven & older.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, fire up the TV and introduce your kids to Dinosaurs, the 90s sitcom that aired on ABC from 1991 to 1994. Following a family of interspecies dinosaurs, the series tackles normal sitcom issues with a prehistoric twist. The show alludes to topical issues of the day, including environmentalism, prejudice, and saying no to drugs.
Dinosaurs won an Emmy for outstanding art direction and has an average 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Dinosaurs, marries astonishingly expressive puppetry with genuinely funny satire of social norms, making for a forward-thinking prehistoric sitcom”, one review said.
While it’s fun for the family, like with most primetime sitcoms, some thematic elements might be more suitable for older children. This beloved dinosaur TV show is available to screen on Disney +.
What was your favorite dinosaur TV show when you were a kid? Are there any you want to show to your kids that we missed? Comment below and let us know!