Ten Great Documentaries for Kids Streaming On Netflix Now

Documentaries for Kids

On Monday I shared my recent journey going gluten-free. What you may or may not know (depending on how long you have been reading this blog) is that my health journey started years ago when I watched Food, Inc. That movie radically changed the way I think about food. It set in motion the beginning of a journey to learn about food and where it comes from and the effect on our bodies. So in effect, going gluten-free is just another step in my journey with food.

To be honest, when push comes to shove, documentaries are not usually at the top of my list of what I choose to watch when I have the remote in hand and the Netflix menu pulled up on the screen. I mean, I told you last month what we are watching in these parts (Clear Eyes, Full Hearts). But as we get closer and closer to sending the kiddos back to school, and my kids brains turn further and further into mush, I am thinking having some family movie nights with some kid friendly documentaries is just what the doctor ordered!

Check out these great documentaries that are so good your kids won’t even notice they are learning:

For the big kiddos:

  1. Lewis & Clark: The Journey Out West
  2. Walking with Dinosaurs
  3. Secret Yellowstone
  4. The Blue Planet
  5. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

For the little ones:

  1. The Great Mouse Detective
  2. Busytown Mysteries
  3. LeapFrog: Math Adventures to the Moon
  4. Turtle: The Incredible Journey
  5. The Magic School Bus 

Want a few more for even older kids? Check out this list from Common Sense Media (seriously my GO TO resource for what to watch and read with my kids).

Do you watch documentaries with your kids?


  1. Great list! Annalyn would love these. She asked me tonight at dinner, “When we go back to the library, can we get a book that has information? I mean, a non-fiction book?” Little nerd doesn’t fall far from the tree!

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