5 Exciting Documentaries to Keep Away Summer Brain Drain


This post is part of my ambassadorship with the Netflix Stream Team. All thoughts are my own.

Have you been seeing all of the back to school talk going on lately? I’m not ready for summer to come to an end! We’ve been enjoying our time together, regardless of a few setbacks when I was injured. The fact that I lost time this summer getting to do all of the activities I had planned has motivated me even mores’ to stretch this summer to the max! I just want to have all the fun that we can before school begins. What I don’t want than fun to do, however, is leave them with summer brain next month and start the year out playing catch-up.

We’ve found an awesome way to still enjoy ourselves without having to worry about that, luckily. Thanks to Netflix, my kids have learned a TON this summer, all in the name of fun. We’ve been watching documentaries! I know, documentaries…. Sounds boring, right? Wrong! There are a ton of kid-friendly and fun documentaries.

5 Incredible Netflix Documentaries to Keep Away Summer Brain Drain

Here are a few of our favorites:

Animal Odd Couples – This PBS show features odd animal pairings. A chimp bottle-feeding a baby tiger, a cow mothering a meek, and much more. My kids find this absolutely hilarious, and I think it’s rather cute myself.

Walking with Monsters (Life Before Dinos) – An interesting show about 500 million years ago when fish, reptiles, and sea scorpions roamed earth. This show is a great history lesson.

How It’s Made – My whole family loves shows like this. It so interesting, and you learn a lot at the same time. There are tons of items featured in this series.

Inside Lego – Can’t just pick up and go to the Lego store this summer? It’s alright. You can give your kids a tour of Lego’s Denmark headquarters without even leaving home. It’s fun to pull out the Legos and let the kids play with them during the show.

Turtle: The Incredible Journey – No list of educational enhancers would be complete without some knowledge about the sea. Who better to teach it than Seaworld? This show follows a loggerhead turtle on their swim from teach in Florid, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean! My kids were captivated.

These are just a few of the kid-friendly documentaries featured on Netflix. There were also a ton that I found interesting that were a bit advanced for the kids. Like “Inside Chipotle” and “Unsealed Conspiracy Files”.  Whatever it is that interest you, you’ll be surprised at your Netflix options!

If you could see a documentary about anything, what would you see?



22 thoughts on “5 Exciting Documentaries to Keep Away Summer Brain Drain

  • August 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm
    It's so important to keep those little minds active during the summer! Those are some great options. I'm sure my little guy would love Walking with Monsters! Reply
  • August 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    We just watched the Lego documentary and the kids loved it. Reply
  • August 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    We enjoy watching documentaries as a family and would be interested in checking a few of these out. How things are made sounds VERY interesting. Reply
  • August 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    Oh my goodness, I just posted about my list of documentaries I was going to watch this month on Netflix. I promise I didn't see your post until now. How funny is that? I looked at some of the ones on your list. The Lego one really caught my eye, but the reviews were not that great.I'm glad to know it was pretty good. I'll have to watch it now. ;) Reply
  • August 9, 2014 at 3:00 am
    Those are some great choices.. I love inspirational documentaries... and anything about horses.. history.. Docs are my favorite type of movie I just LOVE learning! Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm
    I love watching documentaries, so I'll have to check out your recommendations out sometime. Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm
    I would enjoy that series about how things are made too. I am going to look that up on Netflix! Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm
    That Odd Couples show is so adorable! I use my boyfriend's Netflix and it's awesome! Those are great suggestions. My son is going to want to see the LEGO one! Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm
    Those are just the type of shows my boys would have enjoyed when they were younger. Now it's the History Channel and Military Channel. Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm
    Thanks for telling me about that inside Lego. My son is going to flip! Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm
    I love documentaries. My husband groans every night when we go to bed and I beat him to the remote. I want to check out the Inside LEGO one. Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm
    Thanks for the list! We already enjoy How It's Made - My 7-year old has watched them all multiple times. But, I think the whole family would love the LEGO documentary. Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm
    Oh wow! I want to check all of these out. I bet animal odd couples is adorable. Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm
    We just got a Roku and have Netflix so these are all titles I'm going to add to our list. We love documentaries around here and I really appreciate the fact that with Netflix, we can add them to our WatchList and then watch them whenever we want! Animal Odd Couples is one of of favs! Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    We LOVE How It's Made - I am pretty sure we have all watched every one of them. I love them as much as the girls do! Reply
  • August 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    I have seen the Lego documentary. Who knew what a big business it was? Reply

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