Plum to earth - she’s coming in for a landing! On Saturday, Sept. 13, we’re bringing all the fun of one of our latest online PBS KIDS programs, “Plum Landing” to Conway's EcoFest! Join us for an exciting day, filled with all sorts of fun activities, at Laurel Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
So who exactly is Plum and why are we excited about her arrival? Plum is the start of a new cross-platform, digital adventure designed to help kids develop a love for and connection to the amazing, beautiful, diverse and dramatic planet we call home!
The online program “Plum Landing,” helps cultivate this connection by following the adventures of Plum, a video game designer from the desolate Planet Blorb, who longs to experience nature. To realize her goal, Plum commandeers a space ship, zooms down to earth, befriends five eager kids — Clem, Oliver, Gabi, Brad and Cooper — and launches them on diverse missions like “Find a lake in the desert!” and “Search for a cow that lives under water!” Zeroing in on four ecosystems — the Australian desert, the mangroves of Belize, the Canadian Rockies and the jungles of Borneo — Plum discovers many fascinating, puzzling and profound things about Earth and uses what she learns to create explorer games for kids.
You can check out these fun episodes — as well as accompanying live-action videos, hands-on activities, web games and more — at pbskids.org/plumlanding. And, until you come see us at EcoFest, you can also check out fun activities and worksheet on our website at aetn.org/kids
At EcoFest, we’ll be hosting all kinds of fun activities and have some really cool Plum Landing and AETN gear for you to check out, but there’s certainly much more to cover at this annual family event!
The Conway EcoFest combines food, fun and music for a great family atmosphere to explore our environment. As you delve into their respectful, balanced environmental education opportunities, you’ll find all sorts of great exhibits, topics and actives that will pique your interest and ignite curiosity. You can learn more now at conwayecofest.org.
Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.
Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.
Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.
“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.
Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.