This post was sponsored by Netflix. Netflix Families make summer easier. www.netflix.com/families
Our family is a Netflix family. Whether we are on the go with our iPads or iPhones, or on our televisions, Netflix is a staple in this house, in fact I’m not sure my toddlers even grasp what cable is yet since we rarely watch live TV now a days.
This service has become a great way for our kids to watch TV and for us to know exactly what they are watching. I don’t know how strict you are about filtering television for your kids, but there are now only a handful of channels that contain content that is clean enough for my toddler’s ears.
Unfortunately on those channels, my kids are still slammed with advertising. (My 10-year old can sing the Allstate Insurance jingle and my 8-year old referred to a gecko as a Geico – that’s too much marketing for this mom to handle!)
Last week, I had the opportunity to host a party to celebrate Netflix Families with a few local Dallas bloggers and our kids. Brittany Estes, The Nerd’s Wife, Real Life Notes and Effortless Mom and their kids came over for a Walking with Dinosaurs themed party.
If you haven’t checked out the series on Netflix, it’s available under the TV for Curious Kids category on Netflix. (Make sure the check out Netflix’s other new family categories: Family Movie Night and Are We There Yet.)
If you are a regular reader, you know my Pinterest addiction. Wanting to make a kid-friendly dinosaur party was super fun and super easy, thanks again Pinterest! I bought over 100 dinosaurs in a variety of breeds and sizes to decorate with from Target Dollar Spot, Dollar Tree and U.S. Kids.
One of my favorite decorations was the dinosaur banner made from wired twine. Dollar Tree had these darling squishy dinosaurs that worked perfect. I poked a eye hook into the back (no drill needed!) and hung on small loops ofr twine, then tied to a long piece of twine. We have these fun arches and wanted to do something other than crepe paper.
Once we get done remodeling, I’ll put this up in our youngest son, Zeke’s dinosaur themed room.
We watched a few episodes of Walking with Dinosaurs. Our Samsung ES8000 TV streams Netflix from the smart hub menu, making it super easy to access. (On our non-smart TV, we use the Wii and Apple TV to access Netflix.
The kids mostly access it from the iPad or HP Envy PC.) Many families in the U.S. already have 3 or more Netflix ready devices in their house. Did you know you can stream from a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, Smart TVs, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii?
I wanted to make sure that the kids had tons of fun, because moms we all know how fun a time a party is with bored kids. We played pin the dinosaur head on the dinosaur as well as a silly game where you hang a donut from string and make the kids eat it like a dino would (no hands!). This was a huge hit and super fun to watch. Brittany got into the fun, all while baby wearing little 4-week old Pippa.
There was a total of 10 kids here to play and watch the show. I printed out a few dinosaur coloring pages and had a few scattered activities to keep little hands busy. The Dollar Tree wins again with the little dinosaur capsules that you put in water and out grows a sponge dinosaur.
You can Check out more pics from the dinosaur party here:
Great time, nice people, fun kids and lots of dino fun! Thanks Netflix for inviting me to host. Did you know…
- The new Netflix.com/Families page is available for both members and non-members! Check out the fun blogger videos from a few of my favorite bloggers, Dooce and How to Be a Dad.
- A year of Netflix costs less than taking a family of 5 to 2 movies.
- Netflix has a dedicated section of movies and TV shows for kids 2-12.
Netflix.com/Families is a new destination designed to meet your familys summertime entertainment needs. On Netflix.com/Families, Parents can find lists of movies and TV shows for all kinds of special summer moments.
Visit www.Netflix.com/Families for more information on the best ways to stream as well as videos about how other families use Netflix.