PBS Kids Review
PBS Kids is a free online streaming platform serving toddlers and preschoolers. All content here is kid-friendly and safe. Children will learn lessons about emotional regulation, creative thinking, and problem-solving, with shows focused on science, reading, and more. Standout shows include “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Wild Kratts,” and “Molly of Denali.” It’s a must-have service for anyone with young children.
While your family can enjoy PBS Kids for free with the app, the content is limited to eight episodes and a handful of clips per show. If you pay for PBS Kids as an Amazon video channel, you’ll have on demand access to every episode of every show.
Content is free on the PBS Kids app and website, but you will be limited to selected episodes unless you add the service to an Amazon Prime Video account.
We tested PBS Kids and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. PBS Kids is compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Amazon Fire, and Kindle.
PBS Kids is home to dozens of shows created specifically for wholesome edutainment. This includes hundreds of episodes of Sesame Street (1969), Sid the Science Kid (2008), Nature Cat (2015), Molly of Denali (2019), and much more.
All the content on PBS Kids is specifically designed for children.
Single Profile Only
PBS Kids is a free online service so creating a profile isn’t necessary for viewing. There is a sign-up option, however, which allows for the creation of save points and similar information for games on their website. You can still play without a username; you just won’t be able to save your game.
No Parental Controls
While there is a “grownups” tab, there is no need for parental restrictions since all the content is kid-friendly.
Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount Plus, Peacock, SHOWTIME, and STARZ have parental control features.
Any programming on PBS Kids can be watched from multiple devices at once. Signing into your profile isn’t necessary to begin viewing, so as long as your device has access to the internet all you need to do is go to their site.
If you use the free version of the PBS Kids app, brief messages from corporate sponsors may appear at the start of certain episodes. There are no ads if you add the service through Amazon Prime Video.
Some shows can be downloaded through the PBS Kids app, though some shows do not allow this. If you’d like maximum download flexibility, sign up for the service through Prime Video.
PBS Kids is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast (Google Cast)
- Android TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- LG Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV
PBS Kids is not compatible with PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo devices.
Most video streams are in 1080p HD.
Video streams in 30 FPS.
Content has stereo audio.