Just when your kids’ Easter highs are fading, that age-old refrain picks up: “We’re bored!” Worse, they no longer fall in love with your line that there are still a few *special* Easter eggs hidden in the yard that they need to find. Also, the weather can still be fickle at this time of year, so sending them outside isn’t always an option. Luckily, a new month brings new streaming content – and May arrives with plenty of new movies and kids shows on Netflix.
Of course, if you have a teenager (or a tween who doesn’t get scared easily) in your household, you already know that stranger things returns in May. The countdown has officially begun for the first new episodes since 2019! A brand new anime is also on the way Marmaduke movie, with Pete Davidson voicing the iconic dog. And among the many series that are sure to appeal to young children, Blippi’s first animated series is also coming out in May.
From nostalgic movies you watched as a kid to titles the whole family can stream together for the first time, there’s plenty to fill your queue.
The Highlight Reel: May’s Most Anticipated Picks
Marmaduke – May 6
You probably grew up watching a version of this oversized chowhound, making this animated newcomer both modern and nostalgic. Come for SNLthe hilarious Pete Davison voicing the dog; stay for JK Simmons (a treasure) voicing a narcissistic Afghan hound named Zeus.
Wild Babies (Season 1) — May 5
Do you have a future environmentalist at home? Let your little nature lover follow baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins and many more as they learn to navigate this big world. Educative? To verify. Adorable? Check, check.
My Little Pony: Make Your Mark — May 26
My little Pony mini-fans will freak out over this unique animated special set in the My Little Pony universe. Picking up where the recent film left off, it’s just as colorful and cute as your kids have come to expect from the Mane 5. Although this special is only eight 22-minute episodes, it includes a teaser for the follow-up series directed at Netflix in September.
Stranger Things (Season 4, Volume 1) — May 27
To finish! Finally (long, long, long) fans finally see what’s happening in Hawkins, Indiana. The first half of the penultimate season picks up six months after the events of Season 3 and sees our fearless heroes go their separate ways. It’s time to start planning a watch party with your teens!
Mighty Little Bheem: I love the Taj Mahal — May 30
Has your family discovered Mighty Little Bheem Again? If so, this stage is probably already on your radar. If not, well, it’s time to see what it’s all about. Here, the titular toddler and his family take a trip to the magnificent Taj Mahal – where, unsurprisingly, Little Bheem manages to find mischief.
More new kids movies on Netflix in May
- Ninjas: Back off (1994) — Raise your hand if you were obsessed with Rocky, Colt and Tum-Tum growing up! The martial arts-obsessed brothers are back in this mid-’90s sequel. 1st May.
- Corpse bride (2005) — Who doesn’t love a Tim Burton classic? This stop-motion animated musical is worth watching all year round, not just on Halloween. 1st May.
- soul surfer (2011) – The true story of surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton, soul surfer will not be for children who are afraid of water. Or sharks. Or children who have a distaste for blood. But for more mature kids, it offers great takeaways on perseverance and finding your goal. 1st May.
- Larva pendant (2022) – Are the red and yellow grub buddies a bit gross? Yeah. Do your kids think farting friends are hilarious? You bet. This silly short sequel to Larva Island will leave them in stitches. May 25.
More new kids shows on Netflix in May
- Arpo (Season 1) – The wacky Dilovely family hires a robot nanny named Arpo to watch Baby Daniel, but the trouble-loving tot keeps the tip-top caretaker on his toes. 1st May.
- Blippi Wonders (Season 1) “Kids are going crazy for Blippi!” If your child has already blown through every episode of the beloved Blippi series, they will be delighted to learn that this animated version exists. 1st May.
- Transformers: Cyberverse (Season 3) – Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and all the gang of heavy machinery you grew up with are back in this animated series. 1st May.
- Octonauts: Above and Beyond (Season 2) — This educational children’s series has long been a hit with toddlers. Well, they take their shenanigans to dry land. The spin-off sees the Octonauts expand their exploration on earth. May 2nd.
- The sound of magic (Season 1) — South Korean cinema took Netflix by storm with its surprisingly successful series squid game, which was decidedly not suitable for children. This new K-drama is still more suitable for mature teenagers, but the message is more promising. High school student Yoon Ah-yi, who can’t wait to grow up, meets a magician who stays forever young…and that changes everything. May 6.
- PJ Masks (Season 4) — You know the deal: three normal 6-year-olds become superheroes overnight. A fourth season brings even more crime-fighting fun. May 15.
- The Boss Baby: Back in the Cribs (Season 1) – You may be ready to pass The boss baby franchise, but your child probably isn’t. Enter DreamWorks’ latest spin-off centered around the Templetons. In it, the now adult Ted becomes Boss Baby again to live undercover as one of Tim’s children. May 19.
- sea of love (Season 1) – Sea animal friends Bruda, Bobbi, Wayu and Puri explore the ocean through magical mini-adventures. There is music too! Your little ones will love it. May 23.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Season 1) “If you haven’t introduced your kids to the glory of TMNT yet, now is the time. Not only are the original live-action movies all on Netflix, but the streamer will be dropping the first season of this 2012 CG anime series from 2012. May 31st.
- The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Season 1) – No, you’re not seeing double. Netflix is also dropping Season 1 of this 2D anime series from 2018, likely to promote the spin-off film of the same name coming in August. May 31st.