With Apple TV+ producing dozens of original series, it has become a hub for new programming, including an extensive collection of kids’ viewing. One of the things that makes it special is that in addition to a range of programming from pre-k to middle school, it has several nostalgic properties, including new specials and series featuring beloved characters from Snoopy to Sesame Street and the Fraggles. Read on for more about original kids’ programming on Apple TV+ and how to watch it. You can also go over to our main Apple TV+ feature to learn about its original adult series, as well as more in-depth features of Apple TV+.
What is Apple TV+
Now to be confused with the Apple TV streaming device. Apple TV+ is a commercial-free video-on-demand subscription service similar in model to Netflix. However, most of the programming on Apple TV+ is Apple-produced material or original properties purchased by Apple.
Apple TV+ Cost
The service will cost $4.99 a month after a 7-day free trial. However, Apple TV+ is also included in Apple One, which bundles Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, and other Apple services into a single monthly subscription. The Apple One plans start at $14.95 per month.
Also, Customers who purchased new Apple devices are eligible to get a free trial of Apple TV+ (length varies, it was previously one year, now is usually three months). Customers have 90 days after purchasing a new Apple device to redeem the free trial by following the instructions below.
- Make sure your Apple device is running the latest version of iOS, iPad OS, tvOS, or macOS.
- On your new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, or Mac, sign in with your new or existing Apple ID.
- Open the Apple TV application.
- The offer should be presented after launching the application. If not, scroll down in the Watch Now section until the offer appears.
- You might be asked to enter your Apple ID password or confirm your billing information.
An Apple TV+ subscription allows you to enjoy six simultaneous streams. However, If you have an Apple Music student subscription, which includes Apple TV+ for a limited time, you can only stream Apple TV+ on one device at a time. You can also share your subscription with up to five family members. You can also download shows from Apple TV to your Apple device and watch them anywhere without needing a Wi-Fi connection.
Kids Programming on Apple TV
The first significant partnership Apple TV+ announced was with the Peanuts franchise and Snoopy in Space. The special builds on the long-time relationship between Peanuts and NASA to produce a new animated series that follows Snoopy on his dream of becoming an astronaut, part of the Space Act Agreement to create STEM-focused educational books and toys about space and science. In addition, they have since added Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne, The Snoopy Show, and Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad) with Love, as well as having the archive of classic Peanuts holiday specials.
The Sesame Street spinoff Helpsters is about a team of Muppet-like monsters who love to solve problems. The children’s program is based on introducing preschoolers to the world of computer coding. In Helpsters Help You, Cody teaches preschoolers how to deal with challenges like change and long-distance friends—largely aimed at the unexpected childhood issues during the time of Covid.
Another friendly face that arrived during the last two years? Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, which brings back the beloved puppet Fraggles as they have to move into separate caves but still find a way to be united. It was followed by Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, which also featured the original Fraggles on new adventures, learning about “the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.”
Also, look for a reboot of the popular 1990s PBS show Ghostwriter, in which a group of elementary kids solves mysteries with the help of a message-sending ghost. The new series focuses on returning lost literary characters to their proper places.
Several new shows based on popular kids’ books have debuted last year. These include El Deafo, a semi-autobiographical story that features anthropomorphic bunnies as Cece and her friends as she adjusts to childhood wearing a hearing aid. As an outlet for her discomfort, young Cece (voiced by Lexi Finigan, who is also deaf) develops an alter-ego superhero, El Deafo, who helps her embrace her differences. There is also a new animated series based on the popular Harriet the Spy books, which feature the outspoken and perpetually curious 11-year-old Harriet, who, to prepare to be a famous writer, needs to know everything, leading her to spy on everyone. Pinecone & Pony is an animated comedy for kids about a young warrior-in-training and her best friend Pony, who, by helping each other, learn to challenge their expectations and break the mold, based on a best-selling kids book.
Other animated shows include pre-k shows like Get Rolling with Otis, Pretzel and the Puppies, and the DreamWorks series Doug Unplugs. In addition, there is the fantasy show for slightly older kids, Wolfboy and the Everything Factory, in which a young boy discovers he’s part of the magical Spryte realm and that his imagination and creativity have the power to change the world; and the charming Stillwater about a pair of siblings friendship with a kind and wise panda.
In live-action, there is the Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show, with Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), as well as a couple of charming animal-centric programs, Lovely Little Farm and Puppy Place, which are basically what they sound like.
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