Here’s hoping those April showers are over and it really is time for May flowers. Because at this point in the year, who couldn’t use a little more fresh air in their lives? However everyone knows the weather basically does what it wants, which is why you need a solid backup plan. That’s where a good old-fashioned family movie night or an age-appropriate binge-session can come in handy.
And, since you probably don’t want to watch the same thing over and over again like the kids do, we’ve rounded up fresh picks for the whole family that are streaming in Canada for kids in May.
What’s Streaming in Canada for Kids & Families in May
May 1 on Netflix
If your kids are obsessed with the blue-and-orange character in real life, odds are they might be into his new animated offering as well. In this series, Blippi and his Catbot, TABBS, head off on new adventures to answer some of their biggest questions.
May 4 on Netflix
What’s cuter than watching baby animals and learning more about their habitats? How about watching them alongside your own babes? This fun-for-all-ages doc hits Netflix this month, bringing us an absurd amount of footage featuring baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins and more.
May 6 on Netflix
If the fam is obsessed with dogs and you’re looking for a flick for movie night this month, consider this new CGI entry on Netflix. It’s based on the popular newspaper comic strip of the same name and was supposed to hit theatres back in 2019, but various delays pushed it to this month. Pete Davidson stars as the voice of the titular Great Dane, with the likes of J.K. Simmons, Jason Anthony, and David Koechner also lending their voice talents.
To Mom (And Dad), with Love
May 6 on Apple TV+
Looking for a little extra appreciation this Mother’s Day? Inspire your kids (and your partner) with this Peanuts special, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang come together to celebrate the amazing moms in their lives.
May 11 on Disney+
Older kids may get a kick out of this ground-breaking, immersive competition series when it drops this week. The series puts a group of eight teens into the fictional world of Everealm, where they must save the Kingdom through quests and challenges involving equally immersive characters.
Messy History of American Food
May 11 on discovery+
If you’ve got a foodie family that’s already into shows like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives or You Gotta Eat Here! consider diving mouth-first into this new series when it drops on discovery+ this month. The show doles out surprising and educational facts about some of the coolest and most recognizable foods in American food culture, so be sure to come hungry.
May 13 on Disney+
The American musical comedy your family may have already been waiting for is finally streaming in Canada for kids, unrolling the story of a modern-day Cinderella who is less about fancy ball gowns and more about having the best sneakers around.
May 13 on Crave
If you and the *older,* hockey-loving kids are caught up on Letterkenny and are looking for a similar comedy to get into this month, we present you with the official Crave original spinoff series, Shoresy. The comedy revolves around the fan-favourite character (played by Jared Keeso) and his puck-loving team. Together they will stop at nothing to get the big W.
PJ Masks (Season 4)
May 15 on Netflix
If your kids have already teared through the latest season drop of Paw Patrol and you’re over the first three seasons of this equally beloved animated offering, you’ll be pleased to know the kids who never seem to go to bed are back for a fourth season of teamwork and crimefighting this month.
May 16 on Netflix
Blippi’s back for a Netflix-endorsed take of his popular preschool series, although he may look a little different. That’s because Clayton Grimm takes over the character from expectant father Stevin John for these new episodes, exploring the world around him in relatable and fun ways for kids.
The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib
May 19 on Netflix
If your family can’t get enough of the Boss Baby franchise then you’ll definitely want to add this incoming project to your watch list. This time around it features an adult Ted Templeton who has been framed for a corporate crime. So he turns back into a baby and poses as one of his brother’s kids until the family can make things right.
Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
May 20 on Disncy+
You had the theme song stuck in your head as a kid, so why shouldn’t your children learn about the joys of these two chipmunks too? It’s not a reboot, it’s a comeback, the official poster teases. Whatever it is, the meta, CGI film features the voices of Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg as the creatures in question, as they try and make a comeback decades after their popular animated series aired.
Now that Crave has the entire Sesame Street catalogue streaming in Canada for kids and ready for all of your preschool entertaining needs, it’s worth pointing out the streaming service has also acquired plenty of movies and specials as well. This month that includes the official drop of one of our favourite childhood movies, Follow That Bird.
Ron’s Gone Wrong
May 20 on Crave
If you have yet to catch this 2021 animated flick about devices, social media and the power of friendship, you’ve got another chance when it debuts on Crave this month. Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Olivia Colman lend their voice talents to the story, in which an awkward kid learns the true meaning of friendship.
May 26 on discovery+
If your family loves to get outdoors and go hiking but you’re in need of a little inspiration following that long winter, consider checking out this incoming documentary on discovery+. The series presents some of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, taking us on a virtual excursion to some of the coolest hiking spots around.
May 23 on Apple TV+
Presenter David Attenborough is back, only this time he’s offering his soothing voice to the big bad world of dinos. The show uses technology to travel 66 million years back in time, to an era when these jaw-dropping creatures roamed the earth and populated the skies. It’s a big-budget offering that’s bound to appeal to kids and adults alike, although the realistic creatures may be a bit too scary for some younger children out there.
Dear Evan Hansen
May 27 on Crave
The film adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play hits Crave this month, making the story of a teen with social anxiety disorder even more accessible. The PG-13 offering isn’t suitable for all families, but for those with older kids it could be an important film to watch as it opens the door for conversations on mental health and other pertinent teen issues.