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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)On Monday, February 15, 2016, PBS KIDS will invite kids ages 3-8 to explore new words of science and astronomy in READY JET GO!  A CGI animated series that will help children learn astronomy and Earth science concepts, READY JET GO! will launch with a full program of content related to the series, including games, hands-on activities and parent resources, all available in early 2016 as well. This news became public at the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this week.

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Step2 Brand AmbassadorOn my trip to The Step2 Company's home offices in Streetsboro, Ohio last year, one of the items that really caught my eye was something that was still in the prototype stage, and not quite greenlit for production just yet. Fast-forward a couple of seasons, and that unique toy has just hit the streets as the Step2 Home Run Baseball Trainer - something a little bit different in this space, and certainly different for Step2. Having coached my oldest daughter's Pee Wee Baseball team last year, I would've loved to have had one of these on-hand to help the little ones build their "batting eye," honing their skills with a bat as they got their hand-eye coordination completely locked-in. 

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PBS KIDS VIP - Very Involved ParentThe PBS KIDS digital series OH NOAH! is expanding its offerings with new animated videos and games that introduce Spanish in an entertaining way. Launched on April 30  – a day to honor and celebrate children known as El Día de los Niños – new OH NOAH! content includes an immersive language learning game, “Lost and Found,” and a new 11-minute video, “Making a Splash.” In addition, all OH NOAH! content is now accessible on mobile and tablet devices via http://pbskids.org/noah/

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)PBS KIDS today announced the launch of Kart Kingdom, the children’s media brand’s first-ever online world. Now available at pbskids.org/kartkingdom, Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. The game also helps children build collaboration skills as they work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards for the entire Kart Kingdom community. In another first, PBS KIDS’ Kart Kingdom features a new junior edition of E-line Media’s Gamestar Mechanic, which allows kids to create, play and share their own digital games. PBS stations will bring Kart Kingdom into the community with live game events across the U.S. starting this spring.

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Starting this week, CURIOUS GEORGE Swings Into Spring... again, with encore presentations of the now-classic special, presented alongside all-new episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE premiering only on PBS KIDS. Building on the series’ curricular focus, the episodes integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into George’s discoveries in intuitive and fun ways that kids will enjoy, as his new adventures take him to the Amazon, an exploration of Chinese New Year traditions and more. Details below...

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Preview: SESAME STREET - THE COOKIE THIEF

PBS KIDS VIPIf you don't already have those DVR's set, get ready - today is the day that THE COOKIE THIEF premieres on PBS KIDS, bringing the first-ever one-hour Cookie Monster special to the masses! This Sesame Street special is "a classic chewdunnit" that guest stars SNL-alum Rachel Dratch as a museum security guard that's looking to finger someone for the theft of a priceless piece of cookie art - Leonardo da Crunchy's The Muncha Lisa! But why would Cookie Monster take such an iconic piece of art? Well, you'll just have to gather the kids to find out...

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