[twitter]There is something to be said for sitting on the couch and mindlessly getting lost in a program. Everything in moderation, right? Binge watch some OITNB, find out what the fuss over Mad Men was, relive all of your favorite Friends moments. That’s why we have Netflix.

When it comes to my kids, though, I’m not much for letting them turn off their brain and get lost in a tv show.

My boys are very aware that watching shows like Spongebob Squarepants actually makes them dumber. They know if the tv is going on, 9 times out of 10, it has to be something to educate or inspire them while they’re entertained.

That’s why we dig Octonauts, Wild Kratts, The Magic School Bus, and Bill Nye. This week Bindi’s Bootcamp debuted on Netflix and we caught a couple episodes of the 2012 Australian kids’ show this morning before school.

Bindi's Boot Camp on Netflix

It checks all the boxes. It inspires, it educates, and it entertains the kids. Bindi’s Bootcamp is a kid’s game show hosted by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin‘s daughter, Bindi Irwin. 3 teams of 2 need to tackle assorted challenges as they race through an empty zoo.

The first challenge, Zoom Through The Zoo is like The Amazing Race. The teams have to find animals in the zoo, learn about their habitats and solve puzzles.

Next up is Gross Island where the kids have to get their hands dirty with something squeamish like Fear Factor. Counting bugs, petting alligators, stroking snakes are Gross Island challenges.

Finally there’s the Dangerous Dash. Imagine the kind of obstacle courses set up on Survivor and you’ll get what the kids have to do.

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Bindi’s Bootcamp covers all the bases for my kids. We enjoy Survivor, Amazing Race, and American Ninja Warrior as a family, and this shows takes all those challenging elements and brings them down to something kids can do. When we go to the playground the boys try to test their agility and imagine they’re on one of these shows, just as street hockey players imagine they’re going for the Stanley Cup.

An avid animal lover, the boys also love shouting out the right answers during the game as the competitors try to solve animal trivia puzzles.

Got kids in the 5 – 9 age range who love animals and personal challenges? Check out Bindi’s Bootcamp new on Netflix as a way to entertain, educate, and inspire them!

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team.

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