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We spend a significant amount of time each year in the Florida Keys (I know, I know, tough life). Our travels have changed significantly since the days where just me, Hubs, and the dogs would pop in the car and drive 21 hours straight to paradise. Now, our car looks like a traveling baby shop, and we stop once along the way to let the weary mini travelers stretch their legs and sleep in a real bed.
Luckily, we head to a fully stocked house in the lower Keys, so we can leave some of the bulky essentials back in Philly to save room in our car. With 5 of us and the dog, we don’t have a ton of room to spare. On a whim, my husband threw the Roku in the car “just in case”. It was small and easy to pack, so why not?
It was a fortuitous decision, for sure.
We got to the Keys and realized that we could only get a handful of TV stations to come in for some reason – and none of them were kid appropriate.
Now, I know you may be thinking that if you were in the Keys, you would not have the TV on – you’d be outside enjoying the sun. Before you judge me, let’s consider this:
- Only tourists are out and about after noon because we are in a tropical climate and 90 degrees here is HOT. Yes, even too hot in the water … because the water in summer is like a warm bathtub.
- The mosquitos are bad. Case #1: Little Guy looks like he has chicken pox after about 30 seconds outside. The spray trucks have been coming by at night, so hopefully the skeeters calm down before one of us gets Dengue Fever.
- In the summer, the Keys are prone to afternoon storms. So, even if you were being all touristy and hanging outside after noon, you’d have to find cover for an hour while the storms pass.
Setting up our Roku in a new location was easy, and within minutes we were watching our favorite Netflix shows. The boys have been loving watching Wild Kratts episodes down here.
They are educational and teach the boys about the environment around them. One episode was particularly relevant as Buddy exclaimed after watching it:
Netflix has lots of other educational options, too! Here are a few we will explore while we are down here.
For some extra education-y fun, you can also make these simple story cubes, to help your kids create their own fiction and nonfiction summer “stories”!
What educational programming options are your kids watching on Netflix this summer?