How To Watch PBS Kids Spanish Programs

Cover image for PBS Kids' program Daniel Tiger in Spanish.
It’s so easy to access your favorite PBS Kids Spanish shows! Reinforce the Spanish language at home or have fun with your bilingual kids- all streaming.  
 
News flash- I adore PBS Kids programming. It is the one channel that I feel 100% comfortable letting my kids watch unsupervised- and sometimes for longer than I originally said they could. I feel like children learn so much from the shows.  It’s because even I get hooked into some of the shows. We are huge fans of Wild Kratts, Molly of Denali, Pinkalicous, Xavier Riddle, and Let’s Go Luna.
 
 
We don’t subscribe to cable TV, so we watch shows over the air. Back before the 2016 election, we could access a PBS Kids channel in Spanish 24/7. That quickly went away after the inauguration, and I have mourned that bilingual parenting resource for years.
 
I love to use television in Spanish as a transition between English and Spanish time at home. We have a Google Chromecast plugged into the television closest to the kitchen, and during kitchen clean up, I’ll often let the girls pick one episode to watch before we transition to storytime and bath time.
 
I love that with PBS Kids shows, there are no commercials, and the episodes only last between 22 and 25 minutes.  And the shows are great for children ages 0-12, I’d say.
 
Photo courtesy pbskids.org

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PBS Kids Spanish Shows 

How excited was I to see that PBS Kids has released its programming on a streaming channel that’s super easy to access. The shows offered so far are:
  • Berenstain Bears
  • Peg + Cat
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • Dinosaur Train
  • SciGirls
  • Caillou
  • Cyberchase
All of these shows are available to Amazon Prime Members for an additional fee of $4.99 per month– the proceeds of which go to support public television nationwide.
 
Before you purchase,  you first get a 14-day free trial to try everything out, which is awesome. We’ve kept the channel after the trial because I love the content and I love supporting public television.
 
Don’t forget, you can always access archived episodes of Sesame Street in Spanish on Amazon Prime as well. And, PBS Kids has free online games in Spanish too!
 
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  • Reply
    Julie Young
    April 22, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I’m subscribed to the app, yet can’t figure out how to find the programming in Spanish

    • Reply
      Christa
      April 25, 2020 at 11:21 am

      You have to go through your Amazon account. We watch it via amazon video. In that app you have the opportunity to search for paid channels and you will find PBS Kids en espanol. I found it easier to do it from my desktop under my account settings and then search in paid channels. It gives you the opportunity to subscribe there. If you are still having trouble just send me an email puravidamoms at Gmail dot com and I will send you screenshots! ~Christa

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    Brian
    November 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I’m weirdly conflicted about this. I pay the $4.99 a month, and would normally be fine with this – especially if the subscription had all available content in all available lamguages.

    However, it strikes me odd that the only way to get this content in spanish is to have a cable provider with Univision, or pay $4.99 via Amazon’s PBS channel.

    I don’t think it is a stretch to consider this at least a little racist – considering that native Spanish speakers need to pay to get this content in their language, while being easily accessible to english speakers at no additional cost.

    Additonally, in the case of Daniel Tiger, no new content has been released on Amazon since this was made available. Spanish speakers are left with the same 1 volume of episodes, with no newer content in sight.

    PBS kids’s site is full of links and resources for parents about teaching kids about being anti-racists, yet seem to be inadvertently contributing to the problem by forcing spanish speakers to pay MORE money for LESS content than native English speakers, despite having the spanish content just as available.

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      Christa
      November 28, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      I totally get it. I actually have a bit of background on this. All of this programming was free for YEARS, on over the air channels. (In Colorado where I live I only use an antenna for television and can get Univision and Telemundo for free). We could always have the Spanish programming on PBS for free- it was one of 6 public television stations we had. We also had several Spanish language radio programs that were free from National Public Radio.

      In 2017 when the new administration took over, one of the very first things they did was cut funding to public television and NPR. And the cuts were MASSIVE. Almost overnight we lost 2 of the 6 PBS channels we had, and all but one of the NPR programs. While funding drives were popular, ultimately, we didn’t raise enough money to bring back all the programming. I fear we never will.

      I am thankful that PBS was able to work with Amazon to make this content available, but I agree- they need to add more content in Spanish. It is a matter of funding, and keeping the free content that most people watch. I wouldn’t call the lack of access racist though- I’d just call it capitalism.

      I’m super glad you brought this up though- it’s a good point of view. Hope to have you back on the site soon! Pura vida! ~Christa