Andy's Secret Hideout

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild animal series for preschoolers has crafts, critters.

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Educational Value

It showcases different animals and what makes them special and interesting. It also features some creative ways to learn about animals. 

Positive Messages

Animals should be respected and understood. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Andy is enthusiastic and excited about animals, and knows a lot about where they come from and how they behave.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the live animals he features can sting or bite, but no one gets hurt on the show. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Andy’s Secret Hideout features popular British host Andy Day hanging out at his house interacting with live animals and participating in animal-themed activities. It features games, creative projects, and imaginative play that kids can follow along with at home. The show is designed for preschoolers, and invites them to participate as Andy plays games and does creative projects, but a few activities (like folding a sheet to make a pouch) might require some parental help. 

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What's the story?

ANDY’S SECRET HIDEOUT is a British series featuring Andy Day going on adventures at home. After spending his day traveling the world to learn more about animals and other creatures, he goes home to have fun with exciting animal guests from different parts of the world, his magical wardrobe, and playing games that viewers can play along with him at home. From discovering a scorpion in his shoe, to using a sheet to create a pouch like a marsupial, Andy shows how life at home is as wild as his adventures. 

Is it any good?

This fun series stars Andy Day interacting with live creatures, engaging in imaginative play, and discovering new things around his home as a way of teaching children about different animals. After introducing the theme of the episode, the charismatic host presents videos clips, including some from some of his other adventure shows, to help young viewers understand what they will be talking about. Activities like playing with Australian sugar gliders and barn owls, making dinosaur feet, and hopping around like kangaroos soon follow. Throughout it all, the host offers explanations about what the featured animals do, and why. It’s not as creative or visually dramatic as some of Andy's other shows, but Andy’s Secret Hideout offers some creative ways to teach young children about the animals that live around us. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different animals that visit Andy at his home. Where do they come from? What do we learn about them? 

  • What are some of your favorite activities from Andy’s Secret Hideout? Did you dress up as your favorite animal? Try to stomp around like a dinosaur? What did you learn about these creatures when you did this? 

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