Lily's Driftwood Bay

 
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Girl's simple, homegrown adventures celebrate imagination.

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Educational value

Kids see Lily create adventures with things she finds all around her, and she always welcomes her friends' input. 

Positive messages

The show celebrates the endless possibilities that exist in one's imagination and the joy of creating and of simple inspiration. Community and family relationships are important to Lily. Creative thought and the process of storytelling are recurring elements in her adventures. 

Positive role models

Lily personifies everything positive about childhood. She's curious, friendly, adventurous, and a bit messy, and she always finds something to learn from the day's events. Her dad and her friends support her in different ways that encourage her creativity. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that imaginative play, friendship, and discovery are common elements in Lily's Driftwood Bay. Young Lily uses simple treasures such as bits of cloth and pieces of driftwood to inspire a day's worth of adventures with her friends, and they learn about solving problems and helping each other along the way. Each character has a specific role within the community, and Lily has a particularly sweet relationship with her single-parent father. This darling series is, paradoxically, a great way to impress upon young kids the joy of simple, screen-free playtime. 

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What's the story?

In a quaint seacoast village, an adventurous girl named Lily (voiced by Orlagh O'Keefe) lives in a beach hut with her father (Richard Dormer). When the ocean lays a treasure at her feet, she uses it to imagine the goings-on in an imaginary distant place called Driftwood Bay. In Lily's dreams, a small swatch of fabric becomes evidence of an exciting carnival in the distance, and a mysterious key could unlock the secrets of any number of doors. This little seafarer is joined in her adventures by friends such as jolly Salty Dog (Peter Mullan), loyal Gull (Paul Currie), and helpful Hatsie Hen (Tameka Empson).

Is it any good?

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Using an inventive mixed-media format that accentuates its detailed animation, LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY draws inspiration from the evolving seacoast landscape and its many hidden treasures. Not only is the scenery reminiscent of that atmosphere, but many of the characters themselves are created from resident treasures such as driftwood, feathers, dried grass, and bits of shells and rocks that account for the show's striking and unique look.

Similarly unique is the show's primary focus, which aims to show kids how much fun can be had with simple objects and a big imagination. Lily's adventures aren't the stuff of elaborate playhouses or structured guidelines for play. Instead she turns a small beach treasure such as a piece of seaweed or a floating bottle into the foundation for joy of her own making. For young kids born into a digital age such as this one, this is an excellent illustration of a valuable but elusive concept. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Lily's adventures evolve. What kinds of things does she find that inspire the day's story? How do her friends add to it? Are there any limits to what she can do in her imagination?

  • Kids: What places in and around your home are good for make-believe adventures? In what way do you incorporate toys and other objects in your play? What are your favorite scenarios to imagine?

  • Use this series to inspire unplugged fun with your family. Play a storytelling game or create simple props or costumes for imaginative play. In what ways is this kind of entertainment more enjoyable than watching TV or playing a video game? 

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