PBS KIDS VIPOn September 29, ARTHUR will begin it's 18th (yes, 18th!) season on PBS KIDS, bringing all-new adventures of the WGBH-produced series to families everywhere. Ahead of the new season comes ARTHUR'S BIG APP, designed to encourage positive social skills through fun and engaging multi-level games. Focusing on the values of friendship, teamwork and helping others, each game allows kids to explore Elwood City and interact with their favorite ARTHUR characters. Check out the specs below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)When PEG + CAT first landed on my radar back in May of 2013, I was attending the PBS Annual Meeting in Miami, where series creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson were on-hand to discuss their creation. With two daughters, the thought of a math-based series with a little girl as the lead was a compelling idea, and the fact that she wields a string-based instrument was a bonus. A year-and-a-half later, PEG + CAT is a true hit - a dual EMMY-winner that's watched regularly here at Rock Father HQ, with Peg's little ukulele-driven jingles a regular earworm. With the release of Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems on DVD, the learning adventures are available at any time.

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THE ROCK FATHER - HOLIDAY 2014I know it's early for some of you when it comes to discussing the 2014 Holiday Season, but the time for new seasonal DVD releases is upon us, and today comes news on a pair you're bound to want for your little ones. PBS Distribution will release DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS IN THE SNOW on October 28, followed by DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: DANIEL'S HAPPY HOLIDAYS on November 4 (a non-limited comes out Oct. 14). Both of these PBS KIDS hits are being issued in limited-edition gift packs complete with a collectible figurine! Full details below...

PBSTonight (Sept 10) at 9pm/8c on PBS, NOVA: VACCINES—CALLING THE SHOTS will air, an important documentary that focuses on one of the hot topics facing parents today: to vaccinate or not? My wife and I are 100% in favor of keeping our girls up-to-date on their vaccinations, though we have spread out some of them over a few visits due to the sheer amount needed. As a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), I was given an advance look at the new NOVA documentary, and my stance is unchanged, but perhaps even more solidified. Parents - especially new parents - need to be informed, and in the modern era - years after mumps, whooping cough, measles and other infectious diseases have been eradicated, it's alarming to see them starting to make a return. Check out a preview of this new film below...

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PBS KIDS VIPPBS Distribution is marking the 25th Anniversary of CAILLOU with a special edition release of CAILLOU'S FAMILY FAVORITES as a DVD + Book Combo Pack on October 14th. In this collection, he lovable 4-year-old (a big hit at Rock Father HQ) "delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination." The MSRP is just $14.99 (pre-order now on Amazon), and the episode listing (most of which I have memorized by now) can be found below. CAILLOU airs daily on PBS KIDS.

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Gurnee MillsFor my local friends in Lake County, Illinois - mark your calendars, because the WTTW Readers are Leaders Tour is returning to Gurnee Mills. On Saturday, September 6, kids and grownups alike can spend the morning singing, dancing and enjoying story time with a live performance from Miss Lori's CAMPUS and a special appearance by ARTHUR. This FREE event starts at 10:30am at the Lake County Food Court in the Macy's full-priced wing. The first 200 children in attendance will receive a free children’s book.

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