Sometimes we don't give kids enough credit. We sit them down in front of the television or iPad and turn on cartoons or traditional "kid shows." There's nothing really wrong with that but what if there was something that kids and parents could watch together? What if there were some shows that entertain both them and us? Recently my daughter was the one who found some of these types of shows on Netflix. She loves cooking so these shows are right in her wheelhouse, but even my 5 year old son enjoys many of these. So if you are looking for an alternative to all of those other kid shows, or just are sick of whiny cartoon characters (you know the baldheaded kid I'm talking about), sit down, grab a cold drink, put your arm around your children, and fire up on of these cooking shows on Netflix.
This might be my kids' favorite cooking show. It pits teams from different cupcake shops against each other for Cupcake Champion. It seems weird to even write that, but it's entertaining and the bakers come up with amazing and artistic ideas. From sweet to savory, the themes they are tasked to work with make for some crazy creations.
The Next Food Network Star
Think of Survivor except with more clothes and they eat a lot better food. My daughter is always wanting to watch just one more episode to see who will make it to the next round. Her secret goal is to make it on here as a contestant someday.
It's like The Next Food Network Star on steroids. There are three rounds and after each, one contestant is eliminated. The twist is that every round the chefs must use a combination of food from the basket given to them. Let's just say some of the foods seem to have no business being there. One example would be the mystery basket which contained Asian pears, croissants, haricot verts, and rattlesnake. Yes, you read that correctly. The whole competition moves swiftly so it keeps you and your kids on the edge of your seat.
Man V. Food
Every time I watch Man V. Food I wonder if I could eat what the host Adam is eating. What makes this show great is that from gargantuan pizzas, to red hot wings, you and your kids can debate if Adam will finish the challenge. Maybe you even take bets and the loser has to do some chores? This show is easy to make into an interactive experience.
Ace of Cakes
This is a reality show based around Charm City Cakes. The staff of the bakery are literally artists and what they do with their medium is truly astounding. You and your kids will not believe the cakes they come up with. Plus, the show is only 21 minutes long which is perfect for younger kids' attention spans. The only problem is that you will want to fly your whole family out to the east coast to try one of their awesome cakes.
Disclosure: I am sharing about Netflix because I am part of the Netflix Stream Team. I was not compensated but I am provided Netflix service and equipment to watch their streaming service. All opinions are solely my own.