Get ahead of the game this half-term with our round-up of the best boredom-busting apps and entertainment…
Here are just a few of our favourite things to watch, listen to and download. But you’ll find so much more when you pick up a Red Entertainment Plan* from Vodafone UK. Plus, if you add a Vodafone Music Pass for just £5 per month, or a Vodafone Video Pass for £7, you’ll also get unlimited access without chewing through your monthly data allowance!
Sound good? Let’s get started, with brilliant box sets, thought-provoking podcasts and action-packed apps…
With over 250 box sets available on demand, NOW TV Entertainment has plenty to keep the kids occupied this half-term. And, if you choose a NOW TV Entertainment Pass when you buy a Red Entertainment plan from Vodafone UK, you can enjoy up to 24 months of the latest must-see TV shows that you won’t find on Freeview, all included in your contract. But, with so much to choose from, what should you watch?
Micro Monsters with David Attenborough | NOW TV Entertainment Pass
If you’re yet to watch Sir David Attenborough explore the fascinating world of creepy crawlies, we highly recommend Micro Monsters. Using advanced macroscopic filmmaking technology, this series unveils uneasy rivalries, deadly weaponry and the constant threat of violence – from armies of killer ants to spiders to scorpions, bees and more. You’ll never look at a spider in quite the same way once you know the wild world it inhabits.
The Flash | NOW TV Entertainment Pass
If you’re seeking super heroes, look no further than The Flash. Based on DC Comics character, Barry Allen, The Flash is a spin-off series from Arrow, and follows a geeky forensic investigator with super-human speed on a quest to save his city.
With a whopping 78 episodes currently available to view on NOW TV, there’s plenty of action to see you through this half-term and any downtime to come. But if you’re looking for even more slick superhero drama, you’ll also find DC Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Arrow on NOW TV. So settle in for some comic book action!
Black-ish | NOW TV Entertainment Pass
Injecting a bit of diversity to the world of sitcoms, Black-ish is the show that found favour with Barack Obama, who said it’s like watching his own family onscreen. The series follows the comedic endeavours of patriarch Dre Johnson (played by Anthony Anderson), his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids, as Johnson struggles to raise his family with a sense of cultural identity in a predominately white neighbourhood. Good for a family-friendly watch – along the lines of Modern Family – that’ll have you laughing and thinking in unison.
We often think of Spotify as a source of the latest music and themed playlists, but it’s also a treasure trove of podcasts to keep the whole family entertained.
Dream Big | Spotify Premium
If inspiration’s what you’re after, Dream Big has it by the bucket load. Hosted by 7-year-old Eva Karpman and her mum Olga, this podcast features interviews with a wide range of world-class humans who live their dreams every single day. From Olympians to animal trainers, entrepreneurs, musicians and scientists, most episodes are around 20 minutes long – perfect for car journeys or short attention spans. Plus, if you head over to the website you can download personalised discussion sheets to carry on the conversation about what you learned that day.
Start with episode 70, on why you should embrace fear rather than avoid it, with extreme skier Kristen Ulma.
Story Pirates | Spotify Premium
Story Pirates is another podcast that’s not only for kids, but also by kids. Listen as this crew of actors, improv artists and musicians adapt tales – submitted by children – into sketch comedy and musical theatre. And then create your own stories to submit via the Story Pirates site.
Tumble Science Podcast for Kids | Spotify Premium
Listen and learn with episodes on everything from how ants conquered the earth to how to build a robotic eel. This fascinating podcast hosted and produced by science journalist, Lindsay Patterson, and teacher, Marshall Escamilla explores a wide range of scientific discoveries in a fun and family-friendly way.
Engage all five senses with great apps for all ages. Seeking even more? You’ll find them in our February round-up.
You may have seen the website, but have you got the app? 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ by the National Trust is the perfect companion to half-term adventures. With a bucket list of activities, best places to go and top tips, it should see you through until school’s back in session as you reconnect with the nature around you.
Here’s one that crosses both the watch and download categories, and allows your kids to browse a huge library of content in safety. Designed to make it safer and simpler for kids to find and watch appropriate videos on YouTube, the YouTube Kids app also comes with a raft of configurable parental controls, so you can tailor the experience to your family.
Another one that traverses the categories, JQBX (pronounced jukebox) is available to anyone with a Spotify Premium account. It’s also a great way to stay connected to friends and family throughout the half-term break. With JQBX you can create your own ‘room’, set the theme and invite your friends to join you to share tunes and chat and discover new songs. Regardless of where you might be at any time, you can listen and DJ together.
Ready for even more excellent entertainment? You’ll find everything you need to watch, listen to and cheer for this month in February 2018’s essential entertainment mix.