The Best Science Shows For Kids
Aside from being an easy way to waste a whole day by binge-watching sci-fi, television does have its educational uses. Though it may not get a lot of credit as a learning tool, the fact is, most of us who are reading this now have the TV to thank for a large amount of our education. And that includes our scientific education. Whether we learned how to make a volcano with dry ice, or have had a catchy song stuck in our head for decades about the states of matter, the best science children's shows are fun as well as educational. Most science shows for kids are recommended for 6 through 12 year-olds but - like most children's show suggestions - they can be enjoyed just as easily by everyone from toddlers to teens.
These science shows for kids almost always use humor and interactive content to connect with young viewers and engage them in ways that books, lessons, or even trips to the science museum can't. Although to many of us science may now seem dull and complicated (other than the way it is packaged in science shows for adults), there's no denying that the Bill Nye's of our youth made the subject engaging and endlessly entertaining. Thanks to streaming services, today's kids can enjoy both new and classic science shows, allowing their curiosity about the world around to expand beyond only current shows.
Whether you're trying to get your own kid into science or you simply want to reminisce about the days spent on the floor in front of your TV learning about rocks with your favorite television host, we're here to rank the top science kids shows from H to OG - and in case you didn't know that those are the first and last elements on the periodic table, then you better check these shows out and study up.
- Photo: PBS174 VOTES
Original release: 1994 - 1997A teacher takes her class on field trips.
- Actors: Lily Tomlin, Danny Tamberelli, Daniel DeSanto, Tara Meyer, Erica Luttrell
- Photo: ABC246 VOTES
Original release: 1973 - 1996, with additional episodes created in 2002 and 2009.A generation of American kids grew up singing the catchy tunes that were a integral part of "Schoolhouse Rock." These animated shorts incorporate songs that illustrate educational subjects such as history, science, multiplication tables and basic grammar.
- Actors: Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate, Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough
- Photo: MythBusters Jr.341 VOTES
Original release: 2019 - PresentAdam Savage gives talented children the opportunity to show off their amazing ingenuity.
- Actors: Valerie Castillo, Elijah Horland, Cannan Huey-You, Rachel Pizzolato, Jesse Lawless
- Photo: Science Channel441 VOTES
Original release: 2001 - PresentHow everyday items are made.
- Actors: Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams, Brooks Moore, June Wallack, Lynn Herzeg
- 532 VOTES
Original release: 2020Host Neil deGrasse Tyson translates revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience.
- Actors: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Trang Vo, Neil Arnote
- Photo: PBS622 VOTES
Original release: 1983 - 1998Newton's Apple is an American educational television program produced and developed by KTCA, and distributed to PBS stations in the United States that ran from October 15, 1983 to January 3, 1998 and it re-runs until October 1999. The show's title is based on the rumor of Isaac Newton sitting under a tree and an apple falling near him—or, more popularly, on his head—prompting him to ponder what makes things fall, leading to the development of his theory of gravitation. The show was produced by Twin Cities Public Television. For most of the run, the show's theme song was Ruckzuck by Kraftwerk, later remixed by Absolute Music. Earlier- and later- episodes of the show featured an original ...more
- Actors: Craig T. Nelson, Su-chin Pak, Ira Flatow