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My daughters love PAJANIMALS. In fact, they're a part of Addie's nightly bedtime ritual, as we wind down by watching an episode, then follow it with their "La-La-Lullaby" song that we have on the DVR courtesy of Sprout. Now, the Jim Henson Company has announced that the cuddly characters are packing their bags and hitting the road for PAJANIMALS LIVE: PAJAMA PLAYDATE - a new, live musical production set to visit 50 cities in 2013. One of the dates happens to be just 15 minutes from Rock Father HQ, so it looks like we'll be checking this out! Full tour dates and details below...

I've been debating all morning as to whether to discuss this here on The Rock Father or not, but since Sesame Workshop has issued a formal statement, I can't really avoid it. If you haven't heard, Kevin Clash, the Emmy-winning puppeteer and voice behind Elmo, has taken a leave of absence from SESAME STREET in the wake of allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with an underage boy.

Saturday, November 10 2012 15:17

PBS KIDS announces Holiday 2012 Programming Lineup...

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With the Holiday Season fast-approaching (or already here, depending who you talk to), PBS has a stellar lineup of programming as always, and for PBS KIDS (regular viewing here at Rock Father HQ), there's something for all the little ones. The full lineup of new shows and returning favorites has been revealed, and I've got all of them for you below. The Holiday Season starts later this month and runs through New Years for PBS KIDS...

Thursday, November 08 2012 23:08

Hulu Kids Launches with 43 popular children's shows...

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I literally just cancelled my subscription to NETFLIX Streaming last week. Sure, it was only $7.99 a month, but I've been trying to cut costs around here (since everything else seems to be rising in price) and all of these little expenses add up quickly. Honestly, we just weren't watching it enough to justify it, despite a solid collection of kids' programming. Now comes news that Hulu has launched HULU KIDS, a new, commercial-free service available to their Hulu Plus members. Coincidentally, Hulu Plus also runs $7.99 a month.

The folks over at The Hub got in touch with a reminder that this Saturday marks the return of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, and the debut of LITTLEST PET SHOP. My Little Pony kicks off the action at 10am ET/7am PT with it's Season Three Premiere, while Littlest Pet Shop airs it's first episode at 11am ET/8am PT. Kids can host their own "Playdate Premiere Party" with a bunch of party pack printables available at this location

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! has been a staple of PBS KIDS' programming since 2010, and this month, the famous Cat from the world of Dr. Seuss is getting festive with the release of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! Just-released on DVD by NCircle Entertainment, PBS KIDS hit The Rock Father with details on it's television premiere and multi-platform fun. 

There's a 26-hour TRANSFORMERS PRIME takeover happening right now on The Hub, where every episode of Seasons 1 and 2 are running in order, capping off tomorrow night with the Season Finale. In the midst of the action, Decepticon leader Megatron has revealed a surprising fact about himself: He loves the music of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC. Seriously, check it out...

There has never been, nor will there ever be, another Halloween special as timeless as the 1966 classic, IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN. That said, it's only fitting that I include the Peanuts gang in 31 Days of Halloween on the big day itself. If you don't already have it on DVD or Blu-Ray (or maybe, even if you do), ABC will be running THE GREAT PUMPKIN tonight at 8pm ET.

Tuesday, October 30 2012 16:57

31 Days of Halloween: Scooby-Doo

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As our three-year-old continues to grow and explore, it's interesting to see what elements of pop culture she's starting to identify with. One recent interest is perfect for the spooky season, and comes in at Day 30 of this year's 31 Days of Halloween. I'm talking about a mystery-solving Great Dane known as SCOOBY-DOO.

The CARE BEARS might not immediately come to mind when thinking of Halloween, though a line of Costumes (mostly dresses) and a seasonal compilation of 80s cartoon episodes called "Bears Share A Scare" does exist on DVD. For 2012, however, CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT (currently airing on The Hub) took a step into frightful territory with the episode entitled, "Sleuth of Bears."

Thursday, October 25 2012 00:00

31 Days of Halloween: Dear Dracula

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When I set the DVR to record the premiere of a new animated Halloween special called DEAR DRACULA on Cartoon Network, I had no idea that it was based on a graphic novel. Sure enough, the special was adapted from a 2008 story by Joshua Williamson and Vincente "Vinny" Navarrete that was released through Image Comics' Shadowline imprint. Why did I set the DVR to record? I thought it would be a cute special for my daughter to watch.

With all the recent political rumblings about the funding of PBS, the importance and value of public broadcasting has been the subject of much discussion. As I've noted many times here in the past, the educational programming of PBS KIDS is a daily staple here in The Rock Father house. While I grew up on SESAME STREET, my daughters are learning not only from the familiar characters that inhabit the 'Street, but also from PBS KIDS fixtures like CAILLOU, SUPER WHY!, WORDWORLD, and my 3-year-old's new favorite show (practically an obsession), DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. They're far from alone, as September ratings are out and reveal that six of the top ten shows among youngsters ages 2-5 are on PBS KIDS.

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