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Apple TV Cartoon and Video Apps for Kids

Apple TV Cartoon and Video Apps for Kids

The Apple TV isn't just for mom and dad. There are a huge number of different children's cartoon and video apps available that provide hundreds of hours of fun programming. Here are some of our favorites.

Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games

It's rhyme time

Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games
Rhyme time

For parents looking to help entertain and educate their younger children.

A curated offering of more than 1,000 different episodes, Hopster focuses on quality content for younger viewers in an ad-free environment. The simple interface is easy to learn, and the service is also available on an iPhone or iPad. It's $4.99 per month.

Why we love it

With a focus on quality content, Hopster is another great choice to take a look at. While it offers the usual education fare, we really applaud the focus on empathy, caring, and decision making for younger viewers.

For those who...

  • Want to access the content using their iPhone or iPad along with the Apple TV.
  • Are looking for an ad-free environment.

Not for those who...

  • Don't want to pay extra.
  • Older children who have outgrown some of the basic cartoons.
NOGGIN - Preschool Shows & Educational Kids Videos

Blue, Franklin, and Little Bear are waiting for you to take a spin on Apple TV

NOGGIN - Preschool Shows & Educational Kids Videos
Pick a show and go

For those who want their preschoolers to have their favorite shows at hand.

With Noggin – Preschool shows and educational videos for kids your little ones can enjoy their favorites all in one spot. From “Backyardigans” and “Blue’s Clues” to “Oswald” and “Pocoyo,” the app has over 15 shows to choose from with new videos added weekly. So, if your preschooler would love to see Moose and Zee guide them through a colorful app full of enjoyable and educational shows, check it out on Apple TV.

Why we love it

Noggin – Preschool shows and educational videos for kids offers over 15 favorites with new videos added each week. So, for all those great shows in one location, pop up the app on Apple TV and enjoy a few with your kids.

For those who...

  • You do not mind subscribing to the service.
  • You like the shows offered for your kids.

Not for those who...

  • You do not want to pay for a subscription.
  • Your children do not like or watch the shows offered.
PlayKids - Preschool Cartoons and Games for Kids

Cartoons and more

PlayKids - Preschool Cartoons and Games for Kids
Caution: Kids at play

For parents who don't mind subscribing to another video service.

For younger viewers, PlayKids is a great choice. Along with a great catalog of shows like "Sesame Street," "Ella the Elephant," and others, there are also a number of educational videos and games to select from as well.

Why we love it

If you’re looking for a comprehensive service that can be accessed on the Apple TV along with other iOS devices, PlayKids should be high on your list. The catalog is full of popular children’s shows, and the educational games and foreign language learning content is a big plus.

For those who...

  • Don't mind paying a subscription fee for more content.
  • Don't want to have their kids view advertisements.

Not for those who...

  • Looking for a free resource.
  • Parents with older children.
Mickey Video

Get your Mickey fix

Mickey Video
All Mickey, All the Time

For anyone who likes Mickey Mouse and his friends.

You probably had no idea just how long Mickey Mouse has been around. This incredible app features the newest Mickey shorts and Disney classics like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," remixed cartoons ("Re-Micks"), YouTube favorites, and more. Great for children and adults alike.

Why we love it

For true Mickey Mouse aficionados, this app was created just for you.

For those who...

  • Love everything Mickey.
  • Consider Disney World their second home.
  • Like older Mickey Mouse content.

Not for those who...

  • Find Mickey Mouse annoying.
  • Rather watch newer Disney fare.
PBS KIDS Video

Explore the best of PBS programming

PBS KIDS Video
Featured videos

For younger children who enjoy watching PBS.

New videos are added every week bringing a new way to engage kids in reading, science, math, and other important subjects. You can also access the guide from your local PBS station and learn more about the TV series, including intended age and learning goals.

Why we love it

For any house with younger children, PBS is always a popular place for great programming. And this app allows kids to watch their favorite shows from the network with just a few clicks.

For those who...

  • Enjoy PBS Kids programming like "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and more.
  • Looking for a free video resource.

Not for those who...

  • Parents with older children who have outgrown PBS programming.
  • Looking for more complete episodes.
ToonsTV: Angry Birds video app

Get your fill of the Angry Birds and more

ToonsTV: Angry Birds video app
Angry Birds time!

For anyone who enjoys the continuing antics of those angry avians.

Don’t worry if your kids have finished every Angry Birds game, ToonsTV features even more birds vs. pigs action. Along with being able to view episodes before they are available anywhere else, the autoplay features allows users to select a number of videos that can automatically play.

Why we love it

The app is a surprisingly robust, and free, way to help entertain kids. Along with all of the fun Angry Birds content, it’s full of other popular cartoons. And if your kids get bored, the educational programming from National Geographic is also interesting to watch.

For those who...

  • Can't get enough of the Angry Birds.
  • Enjoyed "The Angry Birds Movie."
  • Are looking for a free title with a substantial amount of videos.

Not for those who...

  • Have had enough of the not-so-happy birds.
  • Already watch the cartoons via the Angry Birds apps.
Kidoodle.TV - Kids’ Shows, Educational Games and Home Movie Storage

Keep entertained and store your own family videos

Kidoodle.TV - Kids’ Shows, Educational Games and Home Movie Storage
Movies and TV shows galore

For parents looking for a full-featured video service.

A top draw is the Family Moments feature. You can upload family photos and videos and watch them directly from an Apple TV. You’ll receive 100GB of storage. A subscription is $4.99 per month and you’ll need to create an account through the iOS device to start watching on the big screen. A number of other features, like profiles, time limits, curfews, and more are only accessible through the app.

Why we love it

This is another great choice if you're willing to pay for a subscription. Family Moments is a unique feature and perfect for any family looking for a way to store and watch their videos on the Apple TV and other iOS devices.

For those who...

  • Parents looking for a full-featured video service.
  • Don't mind subscribing to unlock great features like the Family Video service.

Not for those who...

  • With kids who aren't a fan of some of the lesser-known programs.
  • Want a free way to help entertain their children.