We have all sorts of exciting news for PBS KIDS fans! From exciting new episodes and movies to brand new shows, big things are coming to AETN this fall.
Kicking off all of the fun in August is a brand new “Dinosaur Train” one-hour special, “Classic in the Jurassic,” on Monday, Aug. 18, at 8 and 11 a.m. In this new prehistoric creature feature, kids can travel through time with the Pteranodon family to an Olympic-style competition with dinosaur teams represent three Mesozoic time periods compete in contests. Even more fun? We’ll be airing new companion episodes throughout the week during “Dinosaur Train” regular timeslots at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.
And August 18 is a great day for PBS KIDS all the way around, because after you tune in to the “Dinosaur Train: Classic in the Jurassic,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2” premieres at 10 a.m. with its one-hour special, “Meet the New Baby.” As you might guess from the title, this season begins with the arrival of Daniel’s little sister Margaret, and the Tiger family and Daniel explore what it means to be a big brighter and a big helper, too. As the season continues, Daniel and little “tigers” across Arkansas will continue their focus on important issues young children encounter with a new sibling — like feeling left out, learning to share time and attention, and appreciating how fun siblings can be — as well as accompanying strategies that help preschoolers work through their feelings.
In September, as the school year begins and everyone’s schedules change, we and PBS will also be adjusting our daytime schedules to better support our younger viewers! The new AETN PBS KIDS schedule, which keeps the double-stacked episode format we introduced this summer going, will begin Monday, Sept. 1. On top of the all around fun it brings, there’s something we (and we hope you) will be especially excited to see … a new, thirty-minute “Sesame Street” program! This bonus half-hour program will air in the afternoon at (1) p.m., and complement our regular, one-hour episodes of “Sesame Street” that air on weekday mornings at 9 a.m.
And last, but certainly not least, we’ll keep the fun going with our newest show from The Fred Rogers Company in November. “Odd Squad” — which comes to us from the creators of “Adventure Time,”“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,“The Electric Company” and “The Backyardigans” — is a live action media property that follows two young government agents — Olive and Otto — who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. While this show it truly lots of fun of its own, it’s also amazing to see how it cleverly introduces early math concepts, particularly at a time when STEM education is proving to be so important.
Want to learn more about what’s happening with AETN KIDS? Be sure to check out our website, aetn.org/kids, and subscribe to the AETN KIDS Newsletter. In addition to the fun reading, cooking, crafting and family fun tips we send out each month, we’ll also include station news and programming updates so that you can be sure to learn about all the latest PBS KIDS episodes and specials!
“Agri Arkansas” - May 2016
Take a look at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station near Clarksville and a true “farm-to-table” dinner in Scott this month on “Agri Arkansas.” See the new episode Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend Specials
Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with special programming May 29-30. Special broadcasts range from AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert.”
Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
Calling Arkansas girls who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade! Discover the fun of STEM careers by participating in cool, hands-on activities at the Arkansas STEM Girls camp. This free event will feature a variety of sessions with women in STEM fields — including coding, science, pharmacy and more.
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz
AETN enjoyed having University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz visit us in Conway, Friday, May 20. Chancellor Steinmetz, who visited AETN as part of his bus tour of Arkansas, stepped in studio as an “Arkansas Week” news maker. In addition to his interview with Steve Barnes, he took a moment to answer a few questions about his impressions of The Natural State and his hopes for higher education in Arkansas. Join us after the jump to learn more.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call May 23
Members of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet via conference call Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. Those interested in teleconference information should contact AETN at 800-662-2386.