From late last week, Kenyan schools closed and students were released to go home for the August holidays. And they’ll be at home – with other siblings and students, parents as well as guardians – till the last week of the month.
Now, during the holidays, most students always want to stay as far away from books (and anything else that reminds them of school) as possible. Which means that they currently have a lot of free time on their hands.
Apart from sleeping (yes, there are students who like spending most of their holidays sleeping to compensate for the early mornings and late nights), visiting friends and playing outdoor games, what else can children do during the holidays? Of course they can also watch movies on TV together with other siblings and family members.
But the only problem here is children who want to watch different shows at the same time, while the household has one TV set. You don’t want to have grumpy, fighting, moody children around the house during the holidays, brooding just because they were denied an opportunity to watch their favourite shows on TV.
For that, there’s Showmax, which, through a single subscription, allows up to 5 people to access content from different devices at the same time. (Two people can stream and three more can watch downloaded shows offline)
Here are some of the programmes that the children on holiday can watch on Showmax this August:
(Image credit: Nickelodeon.)
This award-winning series revolves around the escapades and antics of Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice) who takes the place of her older and less talented sister and gets admitted into a school for talented teenagers in various performing-arts fields. From here, the three-season series follows the life of Vega, chronicling how she settles down in the school, while getting into and then maneuvering herself out of difficult (and sometimes hilarious) situations. Apart from Victoria Justice, other cast member in the series include Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett, Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande.
(Image credit: Nickelodeon).
Just like Victorious, iCarly is also a show for teenage audiences and also shares the same executive producer with the former in Dan Schneider. And just like Tori Vega in Victorious, iCarly takes the viewer through the story of Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) who develops and creates her own internet show, ‘iCarly’, with two of her friends Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie Benson (Nathan Kress). The show soon develops a life of its own beyond the creators, becoming very popular online (or ‘goes viral’ in current parlance), thrusting the trio behind it into unexpected fame.
(Peppa Pig poster. Photo: YouTube).
Peppa Pig’s five-minute episodes are a huge hit with toddlers and preschoolers alike. Little Peppa is a curious character who learns all about her world with the help of her Mummy and Daddy, her Granny and Grandpa, her playgroup teacher Madame Gazelle, her friends Suzy Sheep and Pedro Pony, and even her little brother George.
More on Peppa and her friends as they go about their everyday activities can be found here.
(Image credit: TVOKids).
This single-season 26-episode cartoon series focuses on Ryder, a boy character who together with his pack of dogs called PAW Control conduct search and rescue missions to protect their community of Adventure Bay. Each dog making up the PAW Control team has unique skills based on a real-life profession – like firefighter or police officer. Interestingly, the PAW Control members reside in doghouses that transform into customized vehicles when the situation demands and carry with them backpacks (known as “pup packs”) equipped with requisite tools that for their individual duties.
Remember, the programmes highlighted above are but a tip of the iceberg as relates to kids’ content available on Showmax this month. Other popular content for children include Dreamworks Dragon and Disney’s PJ Masks.
Ultimately, what your children choose and decide to watch still remains their choice. All you can do is to take out a subscription and then leave the rest to them – once you’ve set up kids’ profiles, of course, to protect them from inappropriate content. Read more here about how to set up a profile for your kids.