To kick off March Break I made plans to take the family to Toronto, stay in a nice hotel and visit a couple of museums. Along with three dozen changes of clothes I made sure to pack the tablet, preloaded with Netflix. In my mind I envisioned the blog post I was going to write about how we enjoyed Netflix on the go; how I didn’t have to worry about finding kid’s programming on the hotel television. I envisioned a photo of my two girls snuggled up, enjoying a little vacation down time, watching their favourite shows.
And then people started puking. Like right when we’re loading up the van about to go out the door, the four year old started getting sick. Her big sister had been feeling rough earlier in the week, but was doing better and we thought we were good to go. No such luck. I count it a blessing that we were running behind that morning, because in the van on the road would have been an awful place to be when she started getting ill.
Of course we had to cancel our trip. Instead of exploring the Ontario Science Centre and hanging out at the hotel pool I found myself doing extra loads of laundry and cleaning up after two sick kids. Two miserable whiny sick kids who weren’t exactly happy to have their vacation postponed. Not quite the weekend I had in mind. By the second day the six year old was feeling better, but I was too busy taking care of her sister to spend much time with her. She wasn’t a happy kid. And the little one was a limp ball of misery. No energy to play, but sick of laying in her bed trying to sleep.
So we had a Netflix marathon. All rules about screen time limits were tossed out the window, it was a three day long gorge yourself on all the TV you want Netflix marathon. End result? Much happier kids, much happier mama.
There is something comforting about just snuggling down on the couch and watching your favourite show when you feel under the weather. For my girls this meant non-stop episodes of The Magic School Bus, Blue’s Clues, Transformers Rescue Bots and My Little Pony. They’ve also been enjoying watching the original Transformers series with their Daddy. Yes, I’m talking about the cartoon from the 80s (and yes, hubby is enjoying reliving his youth!).
Turbo, the DreamWorks Animation film, just premiered on Netflix yesterday and I’m looking forward to watching it with the girls some time in the next few days. After that I suspect they’ll want to watch the Turbo FAST series. And I’ve also got The Secret of NIMH earmarked for our next family movie night. While hubby can’t wait to start them on The Clone Wars TV series (My Star Wars loving Hubby has been pretty excited since he heard that Netflix is airing the previously unreleased 6th season). March Break TV viewing? Covered.
Do you guys also like to snuggle down and watch TV when you’re feeling sick? What have you folks been streaming lately? Any good family TV time recommendations?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and as such I will be providing monthly thoughts and suggestions about what’s currently showing on Netflix. As always my words and opinions are my own.