25 kids’ shows to download this holiday

2018-12-12 15:26

Download up to 25 movies or series episodes on the Showmax app for your kids to watch offline over the holiday. That’s 25 different ways to keep them occupied at Gran’s house, while waiting for a flight, travelling on the road, or while you’re busy catching up on your favourite series or sports highlights on the big-screen TV.

Download one episode from each of these shows, and your kids will have a little bit of everything from Disney, Cbeebies, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Boomerang to Peppa Pig and fan favourite ballerina-time-travel series Find Me in Paris. Absolutely everything on Showmax is available to download.

This is just a small sample of the massive kids’ catalogue on Showmax. Go to showmax.com to browse the full selection.


1. Pablo S1 | First on Showmax

Pablo may have autism, but that doesn't stop him from tackling the world. With the help of his imaginary friends, who he creates with his crayons, he learns that he can handle whatever comes at him.

Available now.

2. Hey Duggee

This adorable CBeebies series won The Best Pre-School Animation prize at the 2018 BAFTAs, and it’s not hard to see why. Lovable dog Duggee is a scout leader of sorts, teaching the “squirrels” all kinds of life skills that help them to earn their badges for everything from “cake” to “treasure hunt” to “paper boat”.

Available now.

3. Find Me in Paris | First on Showmax

Lena the ballerina is on the cusp of fame in the year 1905 - until her boyfriend gives her an old family necklace that transports her to the 21st Century. While trying to find a way back home, she learns how to fit into the modern world - and realises that she might not want to go back at all.  

Available now.

4. Revolting Rhymes | First on Showmax

Roald Dahl’s hilarious twists on classic fairy tales were brought to life by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation in collaboration with Magic Light Pictures in this delightfully gory series that was nominated for an Oscar and won 15 major international awards.

Available now

5. Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place

Alex and her brothers come from a long line of wizards and they need to master their magic powers or lose them forever. The three young wizards get into all sorts of trouble as they handle school, friends and magic.

Available now.

6. Guess How Much I Love You

Big Nutbrown Hare and his son Little Nutbrown Hare live happily together and always look for different ways to show their love for each other. Illustrated in beautiful watercolours, this is an inspiring and entertaining show.

Available now.

7. Disney's Sofia The First

Dragons, sea monsters... even flying camels - this is set to be the zaniest season for Sofia yet. New adventures, mysterious lands and strange magical creatures await her and her friends, so come along for the ride.

Available now.

8. Adventure Time

Finn and Jake are the heroes of Ooo, a land filled with quests and monsters to be vanquished. Whether it's the evil Ice King or doing an errand for the lovely Princess Bubblegum, there is always a new adventure waiting for them.

Available now.

9. Ben 10

Ben is just another boy until he finds a strange watch that can turn him into 10 different powerful aliens. His new powers help him save people, but there are others who also want that device in this exciting action series.

Available now.

10. The Amazing World of Gumball

Gumball the cat always has a scheme going, but usually not a good one. Yet he never stops trying, because he never learns his lesson! Luckily for him, his sister Anais and his friends put up with it... sorta.

11. The Powerpuff Girls

Sugar, spice and everything nice - and a little dose of Chemical X - created the powerful trio of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. Sure, they are adorable, but you don't want to mess with these superheroes.

Available now.

12. Regular Show

Mordecai wants to do a good job as a groundskeeper, but he's lazy. Rigby, his pal, is always looking for trouble - and trouble is what they find. How these guys aren't fired yet is anyone's guess...

Available now.

13. Tom and Jerry Show

The rivalry between the world's best-known cat and mouse heats up in all-new adventures. Tom tries everything to catch the wily Jerry, be it at home, at a witch's cabin or in space. But this is one smart mouse.

14. The New Looney Tunes

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and everyone's favourite characters are up to their old tricks in a brand-new show. Enjoy the wacky humour and crazy characters that made the Looney Tunes world famous.

15. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back. Fred, Shaggy, Daphne and Velma join the snack-loving pooch and hit the road for a summer vacation. But mystery and danger await them as they uncover monsters and villains along the way.

16. Disney's Tangled

Destined to be the ruler of Corona, Rapunzel realises she has to learn a lot more about the world. Luckily Eugene, Pascal and Maximus are ready for the adventures. But so is the hair...

Planned release date: Thursday, 13 December

17. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

The discovery of Thanos' asteroid kickstarts a vast and dangerous adventure for the Guardians, but not without a lot of other missions along the way, including zombies and symbiotes, in an exciting new season.

Available now.

18. Disney's Star vs The Forces of Evil

Star Butterfly is a magical princess living in hiding as a foreign exchange student on Earth. Star and her friend Marco form a brave duo who must deal with normal school life and battle the evil villain Ludo.

19. LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights

The northern lights haven't arrived when they should, so Elsa, Anna and the gang go to find them. Disney's magic snowy fairytale blends with Lego animation to create a special adventure with everyone's favourite royal sisters.

Planned release date: Thursday, 13 December

20. Peppa Pig Special: Christmas Party

It's Christmas in the Pig household and everyone is invited for a great big party! Who will show up and what gifts will they bring? And is there a chance we'll see Santa Claus himself?

Planned release date: Thursday, 13 December

21. Garfield In Paradise Special

Garfield, Jon and Odie go on a tropical vacation and rent a mysterious car. But this car has an interesting secret and when a wayward trip takes them deep into the jungle, our heroes are in for a big adventure!

Planned release date: Thursday, 13 December

22. A Garfield Christmas Special

Garfield has to survive a Christmas on the farm with Jon's family. And everyone on the farm wants to be active! Fortunately, there are plenty of naps and good food to help him cope.

Planned release date: Thursday, 13 December

23. Paw Patrol

Ryder and his pup pack, including firefighter-in-training Marshall and wannabe police-dog Chase, spring to action to save the day in Adventure Bay. Whenever you’re in trouble, just yelp for help!

Available now.

24. Nella the Princess Knight

Nella isn't your average princess. She is a princess-knight and with the support of her friends solves problems around her kingdom. No matter what happens, Nella stays true to herself.

Available now.

25. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Peter Parker, a new student at the famous Horizon High, fights evil super-villains as the costumed superhero Spider-Man.

Available now.

How to download on Showmax


1. Sign up for Showmax at showmax.com

2. Download the Showmax app for iOS orAndroid phones and tablets

3. Open the app and choose what you want to download

4. Click on the DOWNLOAD button.

5. Select the file quality – Low Quality, Standard Quality, Good Quality and High Quality. To use as little data and as little space as possible, select Low or Standard Quality, which is perfect for small screens.

6. Downloads should start immediately. Once complete, access your downloads in the download section.

Downloads will stay on the device for up to 30 days, but once the kids have started watching an episode or movie, they’ll have to finish it in 48 hours. You need to be signed into the app to see your downloads.

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