How to Get Kids Excited About Space With These Space Shows for Kids

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I remember sitting through the lessons On Outer Space, taught in school, bored stiff.

Perhaps it was the way the teacher taught my class or the way the lesson outline was set up but Space was the last thing that intrigued me.

I love that kids today can be taught in so many exciting ways. Ways that tickle their curiosity, challenge them to dream big dreams, and kindle a love for avenues and areas that can be downright boring if introduced in such a manner!

You can even plan a Space Camp at home,

complete with free printable activity pages, crafts, recipes and MORE!

If only we were introduced to some of these space shows for kids, who knows what may have been kindled from within!

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How to get kids excited about space with these space shows for kids

Space Racers

Since the past week, Little Man has been hooked onto the Space Racers, an animated preschool series that introduces kids to the wonderful world that lies out there in Space. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been joining him on the couch to learn a ton in those half hour pockets.

Did you know that the climate on Titan is approximately 20 times colder than the coldest day on Earth. And 1 day on Titan lasts approximately 16 Earth days!

space shows for kidsIf you’re looking for hard core documentaries, consider these:

Cosmos: A Space Odyssey

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents new revelations about time and space in this reboot of the original “Cosmos” documentary series.

At The Edge of Space

Join scientists in a weather observation plane to examine some of nature’s most puzzling phenomena: sprites, which exist between the sky and space.

Unraveling the Cosmos

Explore distant planets, galaxies and cosmic phenomena through the outer reaches of space to make greater sense of the vastness of the universe.

The Universe

Using CGI graphics, data and interviews with scientists, this series explores questions and topics about our solar system and beyond.

On a lighter note, here are some fun movies to consider for an out-of-this-world Family Movie Night!

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* Most of these shows may be found on Netflix but yes, Netflix updates its titles ever so often and at times may even remove a title mentioned below. Sincere apologies if this is the case.

Amazon Prime has some great Space documentaries too:

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Do you have a favorite Space movie or documentary that you would like to add to this list?

Introduce kids to Space through Netflix


  1. Both of my boys love outer space, so thank you for these awesome ideas. I will show a few to my kids.

  2. My favorite space movie isn’t exactly educational, but it’s still awesome. Armageddon. Armageddon is one of the best space movies ever, in my opinion.

  3. My kids loved Space Buddies. These are all cute movies. I loved learning about space as a kid.

  4. I remember watching the original Cosmos with Carl Sagan as a teen. I bet kids would love these shows!

  5. My boys LOVE this show. They’ve been watching it for a few days now and just love it! (space racers that is!)

  6. Oh no, a cartoon I haven’t seen yet. How can this be since I’m the cartoon queen? Well I bet I don’t miss it now after hearing of it and I just might let the grands watch it with me too. Netflix rocks.

  7. What awesome ways to learn about space. I’ve been meaning to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos. That guy is awesome!

  8. Do Star Wars movies count as space movies? If so…they have my vote! My kids would love all of these space movies and they sound like fun!

  9. I miss having Netflix, I am thinking of reactivating my account. This would be great for my two kiddos.

  10. Amazing- the few facts you mentioned about Titan – I did not know. Imagine a child as young as four or five learning all about space in a fun way – minus any pressure !! Who knows perhaps NASA awaits Little Man ….

  11. Those are really fun movies! I’ll share that list to my nephew who is fond of watching movies on Netflix. He may already be watching this already, but still I’ll let him know. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. Netflix has so many great resources! As a homeschooler, I use it with curriculum quite often!

  13. I love this most about Netflix—it allows access for educational shows! I would have loved to watch these too as a kid!

  14. I think introducing space in this way is a wonderful idea. It makes the experience very inviting and friendly.

  15. Netflix really does have great shows for kids! I really need to start looking at everything offered!

  16. I didn’t know that Netflix offers these. My son would love something like this. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Netflix has such variety in their offerings. I’d love to incorporate this with a visit to the local science museum.

  18. My son has a fascination with astronomy like most boys his age. Therefore, he’d enjoy these type of movies!

  19. I had no idea all of these were on Netflix, but these sound great suggestions for the kids. Plus it’ll have them start asking questions and wanting to learn, always a plus.

  20. My kids are huge space nuts and they love to see related shows on Netflix. I was actually old enough to see the landing on the moon on TV!

  21. I was just watching Space Rangers on Netflix with the little guy i babysit. He loved it so much he watched four episodes in a row.

  22. My 4 year old son is just getting into anything space right now…we just covered his entire room with glow-in-the-dark stars!

  23. We loved most of these movies. When I was younger my favorite space movie was Space Camp. With little Joaquin Phoenix, only he went by Leaf then. It was such a cute movie. We dont have cable, so Netflix and Hulu are our go-tos.

  24. My son’s class is doing an all space theme right now. It’s so fun to see him know about the earth and planets, I will have to check these out!

  25. My soon to be 9 year old is just getting into science at school. We love to let her and her siblings watch shows like The Magic Schoolbus on Netflix.

  26. That is too funny! My little guy was just watching Space Rangers today. =) We watch a lot of Netflix because we got rid of cable years ago.

  27. What a fun twist to highlighting the variety of Netflix! I will have to introduce my nephew to Space Buddies – we love watching dog-related movies together.

  28. My little guy is obsessed with space right now, and we just got Netflix! I will have to look at these!

  29. My daughter is fascinated with space right now. This is something I will have to show her. She loves watching things on Netflix

  30. My kids love learning about space. I’ll have to look up these shows and share it with my kids

  31. I really need to get Netflix. It sounds like they have a lot of great movies. My favorite movies that involve space would be Star Wars.

  32. My kids would love this, I’d love to introduce them in space through netflix.

  33. This is really cool. My kids love talking about space and the planets. I can’t wait to show them this.

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