Parent's Blog

Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challenge
I’m Dr. Lynne Rich, AETN Foundation Board chair, and I’m very pleased make an exciting announcement. The Windgate Foundation has committed $100,000 to the AETN Foundation as a challenge to public television viewers: if 7,500 new donors join the AETN family by June 30, 2018, $100,000 will go to support the programs we all love. Read more to find out why I support AETN and how you can get involved. Read more

Get Ready for Trades, College and Careers at Transition Expo
For many students, the time after high school is a mystery. How do you make decisions about what you’ll do after life changes and school routines dissolve? On November 14, 2017, AETN is proud to take part in the Transition Expo at the Fort Smith Convention Center, which encourages students and adults to plan for life – not just college. Learn more about this outstanding event that brings together high school students, adult learners, employers and training providers to equip participants with educational resources that help them to accomplish their career goals.  Read more

Bridging the Generational Gap: From Veterans to Youth
How do you connect with people from other generations? I’m Sara Gardner, a senior at Fayetteville High School, and I truly believe that we must promote and nurture patriotic engagement in our country. From firsthand experience, I believe that addressing the interaction between generations is up to young people, and that we can do so by choosing to connect with veterans through volunteering. Read more

Reading “The Wall” With MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
In an effort to help young students understand the impact of war and related issues, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts a children's reading program called The Reading Brigade. Learn more about their recent session centered on "The Wall" by Eve Bunting. Read more

AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museum 2017
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more. Read more

“Student Selects” Highlights Arkansas’s Budding Filmmakers
Starting Sept. 8, reserve your Friday nights at 6:30 to see highlights from Arkansas’s emerging filmmakers in “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.” With selections including comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries, historical films and more, these short films will touch your heart and spark your imagination. Read more

Computer Science Is For Girls
Audacious. Diverse. Provocative. Life-changing. These are just a few of the words that I - a video producer for AETN's education division - relate with creativity. Are these words that you would use to describe Computer Science? Read on to see why I believe you should and to learn about how students in grades 6-12 can enter the Computer Science for Arkansas PSA Campaign competition. Read more

Arkansas Independent Films - “Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story”
How does hands-on learning make a difference? Find out as you follow students and teachers from three Northwest Arkansas schools — Alma High School, Alpena High School and Haas Hall Academy Fayetteville — as they develop their science fair projects and compete regionally for a chance to enter an international competition in “Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story” Aug. 21. Read more

Out-of-This-World Solar Eclipse Fun

The first total solar eclipse to traverse the mainland in more than a generation is coming Monday, Aug. 21! Get ready to watch (safely!) and explore the eclipse through cutting edge science with PBS KIDS and “NOVA.” We share how to build your own Pinhole Eclipse Projector, fun games and great learning resources after the jump.

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Share Summertime Adventures With “Flat Kratts”
Going on a summer adventure? PBS KIDS can share it with us and their favorite “Wild Kratts” characters! Whether you’re traveling somewhere new, sightseeing in the neighborhood or exploring the outdoors, we want to see how you’re learning and having fun this summer! Find out how you can get a free “Flat Kratts” printable and join us for new summer series that take you on adventures to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures after the jump. Read more

Meet Jet Propulsion at Tinkerfest
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, and get ready to meet and take photos with the star of PBS KIDS’ “Ready Jet Go” at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs! Budding scientists will get to learn all about making STEAM discoveries and using them in creative ways from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Read more

AETN KIDS Fun With Feathered Friends Camp
Soar into summer for an amazing avian adventure camp with AETN PBS KIDS, Audubon Arkansas and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission! On Friday, June 9, from 9-11:30 a.m., kids ages 6-8 (who have completed first, second or third grade) can join us for a free, STEM-focused day camp at AETN Headquarters in Conway. Read on to learn more and see how to reserve a spot — space is limited and pre-registration is required. Read more

Bridge to the Future Festival 2017
On Saturday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m., meet us at the Clinton Center in Little Rock for a fun, free community festival as part of the 2017 Bridge to the Future Festival! Created to encourage students to read throughout their summer break and avoid learning loss, the festival will feature exciting educational actives for kids and great resources for parents. Read more

Plan a Family Movie Night In With AETN PBS KIDS
Reserve the best seats in the house, grab the popcorn and gather the whole family for weekly AETN PBS KIDS Family Night specials! Every Friday on AETN PBS KIDS (AETN-3) starting at 6 p.m., your family can look forward to movie specials or themed programming with PBS KIDS favorites including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Sesame Street” and more. Read more

Star City’s Farrah McEntire chosen as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator
AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are proud to congratulate Farrah McEntire, an EAST Initiative facilitator at Star City High School, on being named at 2017 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Ms. McEntire is one of 52 educators from across the country recognized with this honor, and she will represent Arkansas at the 2017 PBS Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.  Read more

Preview the Future of Arkansas Cinema at A Young Filmmakers Showcase May 11
AETN is proud to join the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize to host A Young Filmmakers Showcase Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for this free, public event to see curated digital shorts from AETN’s “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” and help us celebrate the 2017 Thea Foundation Scholarship and Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize winners. Read more

2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump. Read more

“Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters”
Disasters can strike anywhere at any time, and during the day roughly 70 million U.S. children are separated from their families. What are steps we can take to improve child-focused disaster preparedness, community resilience and help any household become better prepared for emergencies? Experts will share and answer your questions in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Read more

“Step It Up!” - “Cyberchase” Grant Supports Physical Activity in Pine Bluff Schools
AETN is proud to announce that we and our partners at the Pine Bluff School District, Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation have been awarded a $10,000 “Cyberchase Step It Up!” grant to encourage kids to increase their physical activity during the school day. Learn more about our upcoming five-week initiative and how your school can download materials to participate in a similar program after the jump! Read more

AETN PBS KIDS Day at Dickey-Stephens Park
Take a field trip with AETN KIDS and Jet Propulsion on Tuesday, April 11, at Dickey-Stephens Park! Starting at 11 a.m., this special event will feature a special “Ready Jet Go!” screening, the chance to meet and take photos with Jet Propulsion, and a game between the Arkansas Travelers and the San Antonio Missions. Read more

Postponed: Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshop
The Arkansas STEM Girls and NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. has been postponed due to weather concerns. Details regarding its rescheduling will be posted as soon as  they become available. We look forward to this event where STEM Girls can showcase their brainpower by programming LED light shows, creating light projection boxes with laser cutters and engravers, and printing the 3-D objects they design. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited. Read more

Student Selects 2017 — It's Back! (With More Prizes Than Ever)
Arkansas student filmmakers, it’s that time of year again: “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is accepting entries through March 31. Read on to learn how kindergarten through 12th grade students can submit films for the chance to be broadcast on AETN, streamed on, win scholarship and prize competitions, and attend screenings, including the Student Filmmakers Showcase and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF). Read more

2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We are now accepting entries for the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Share your stories with us by Friday, April 7, for a chance to win an AETN prize pack. Our first place winners in each grade can even win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad! Read more

Between the Bytes: Protesting Is so Retro
Hey, you guys, this is Mary Kate and Between the Bytes back with your weekly post! Clearly, as a blogger and journalist, I believe writing to voice opinions and affect change is virtually always good. But if you, like me, zoned out for some of the important stuff during government and politics in high school, you may need a Civics refresher. That’s why we’re digging into the First Amendment rights that make free speech and protesting possible with PBS Digital Studios series “Crash Course.” Read more

Get Ready for a Grr-ific Spring Break!
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Daniel Tiger will be visiting for photos and maybe even an “Ugga Mugga” or two on Monday, March 20, and Curious George and Man With the Yellow Hat will be taking photos and starting shenanigans Tuesday, March 21. Read more

Arkansas Week of Code
Help us, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Arkansas Department of Education celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, with three fun, FREE events at the Tech Shop in the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub of North Little Rock! Read more

Thanksgiving Specials: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna”
Gather your kindred spirits for a special night of programming! This Thanksgiving promises to be one of the happiest on record with back-to-back broadcasts of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna.” The premiere of the new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale, starring Ella Ballentine and Martin Sheen, begins at 7 p.m. Read more

Dive Into Fun With “Splash and Bubbles” and “Wild Kratts”
New discoveries are headed to PBS KIDS for ocean explorers with “Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea” and our brand new, underwater adventure “Splash and Bubbles”! Tune in for the special world-premiere events on Wednesday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m. Read more

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2016
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November join AETN, more than 30 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters and winter clothing for our neighbors in need. Read more

Lessons from Elwood City: What "Arthur" Taught Me
America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City as a first-generation “Arthur” lover. Read more

PBS KIDS Halloween Programming
October 28 is filled with costumes, pumpkins and some spooky legends with your favorite characters, including a brand new "Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!" Halloween special! Read more

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America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City that have made a difference in my life _ years later. Read more

Helping Children Cope with an Incarcerated Parent
The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. Learn more about the wealth of resources “Sesame Street” has to help parents, caregivers and childcare providers know what to say, how to say it and ways to comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments. Read more

Preparing to Protect Our Children — Stream AECA Keynote by Dr. Lori Peek
Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? At the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) Conference, Dr. Lori Peek will deliver the keynote address “Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters.” Learn how you see the live-stream of this crucial presentation Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Read more

Explore the Outdoors at 2016 Conway Ecofest
Stop by the AETN booth at 2016 Conway Ecofest for fun giveaways, activities and to learn more about PBS KIDS’ “Nature Cat” and new show “Splash and Bubbles.” We look forward to seeing you at Laurel Park in Conway Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.! Read more

AETN Family Day 2016 - PBS KIDS Character Visits
At every AETN Family Day event, you know that your whole crowd can look forward to fun, games and great activities - as well as a few exciting visits from PBS KIDS friends. This year, as part of “Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN,” we’re excited to announce that some very special guests will be joining us — including Walkaround Elmo and Walkaround Cookie Monster of “Sesame Street”! Read more

Map and Schedule — Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN
Get whos, whats, whens and wheres behind AETN Family Day 2016 — from PBS KIDS character schedules and screenings to refreshment station locations — to get ahead of the game! Read more

Spotlight Education Week
Learn more about America’s students, explore new models of learning and examine the challenges facing America’s education system in a special week of primetime broadcasts, Sept. 11-17. PBS "Spotlight Education" is opening a year-round discussion about how to make high-quality educational resources available to all of our children. Read more

Guest Blogger Bailey Pickens: What Does It Mean to Be a Storyteller?
AETN's 2016 "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" ushered in a new wave of young and talented filmmakers, who ask us to look at stimulating story lines and consider many important questions and issues, such as the act of storytelling itself. Read on to find out more about some of this year's films and how this year's group of student filmmakers prove that no matter how old you are, you always have a story to tell. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Win VIP Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four VIP tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four VIP seats and the chance to meet Daniel Tiger after the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by noon on Thursday, Aug. 18. Read more

AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3. Read more

Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state. Read more

5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Day
With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS. Read more

Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps
This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump. Read more

Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contest
Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20! Read more

PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump! Read more

Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20! Read more

Lily Radtke is the Arkansas winner of the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Join us in congratulating 11-year-old Lily Radtke, Arkansas’s 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner! Lily showcased her culinary skills with a dish called “Asian in Arkansas,” which features spring rolls, edamame salad and watermelon skewers. Read on to learn about her inspiration and find her recipe. Read more

Meet Jet Propulsion at the Bentonville Film Festival
If you’ve enjoyed exploring space, science, technology and astronomy with “Ready, Jet, Go!” on PBS KIDS, don’t miss a special chance to meet Jet Propulsion, Astronomer Amy Mainzer and the show’s executive producer, Dete Meserve, Saturday, May 7! We’ll join our partners from the Bentonville Film Festival at the Bentonville Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. Read more

PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp at AETN
Do you know a 5-8 year old who would like to learn about creative coding? Don’t miss a chance to register for our free Scratch Jr. camp June 21-24! This special camp is designed to introduce kids to creative computer coding through activities that allow them to create their own stories, games and collages with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app. Read more

Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016 Champions
We were thrilled to host the 2016 “Arkansas Quiz Bowl: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 23! All state finalist teams had worked their way to the championship through difficult regional and conference brackets, and their preparation was exceptionally showcased in the years’ final matches. See photos of the 2016 State Champion teams and runners-up after the jump. Read more

Explore the Future of Arkansas Filmmaking with A Young Filmmakers Showcase
Join AETN and the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize for a special evening of curated digital shorts in the Ron Robinson on Wednesday, May 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. The 2016 Young Filmmakers Showcase will highlight the creativity of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students and features the announcement of Thea Foundation scholarship winners. Read more

2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump. Read more

Jackie Robinson Day at Lamar Porter Field
Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s legacy and Little Rock’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Opening Day Sunday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. at Lamar Porter Field! The public is invited to see the newly renovated Lamar Porter Sports complex and participate in fun, family friendly activities at the open house. Young men ages 13-18 are invited to join the summer leagues and participate in the season’s first practice. Read more

“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog – Lasting Memories
Some players have told me plainly that they don’t talk about their concussion symptoms unless they have a problem functioning. Many will ignore the smaller symptoms until the problem becomes so severe that they have no choice but to sit out. Unfortunately, Zack Towers had the same mentality of playing through pain – even when the pain came from arguably his most important organ – and he never recovered. Until everyone involved believes that our players’ long-term health is more valuable than their short-term play, I believe athletes will continue hiding their symptoms. Read more

Museum of Discovery Spring Break Photos
Did you join us for Spring Break with Buddy the Dinosaur and Curious George at the Museum of Discovery March 21-22? You can download your free, hi-resolution photos from the events through our Flickr account now! Read more

2016 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest
Do you know Arkansas students in grades K-3 who tell tall tales, perfect their poetry, weave fascinating plots or could be among the next great American novelists? Be sure to tell them about the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest! Entries in the statewide contest will be accepted through Friday, April 1. Read more

“Peg + Cat Saves the World” Special, New Episodes
When a mysterious, gigantic blob is soaring towards earth, Peg and Cat are called upon to solve a problem of national importance! Learn more about their adventure in two new episodes starting Tuesday, March 29, at 9:30 a.m., and many exciting new episodes coming during the week of April 4. Read more

"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" Entries Due March 25
Do you know young Arkansas filmmakers who would like to see their work broadcast or who would like to win a college scholarship? Be sure to remind them that AETN "Student Selects" entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Friday, March 25. Read more

Save the Date for Spring Break!
AETN and our friends from “Dinosaur Train” and “Curious George” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for some special Spring Break fun! You can meet Buddy the Dinosaur Monday, March 21, and Curious George Tuesday, March 22. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us! Read more

Win a Trip to Washington, D.C. — Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Do you know an 8-12 year-old with culinary flair? Encourage him or her to enter a scrumptious recipe in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for a chance to be featured in a cookbook and represent Arkansas at the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer! Entries must be submitted by Monday, April 4. Read more

Game On: Family Engagement — Feel the March Madness!
Rally your team and gear up for delicious eats, great music, and fun, family activities that will have your crew hoping for overtime on Saturday, March 12! AETN is partnering with the Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative to present an exciting afternoon featuring 3-on-3 hoop play with Dads vs. Sidney Moncrief & Friends, Double Dutch jump roping, Tailgating for a Reason, the AETN Reading Garden and more. Read more

AETN Director’s Blog – Allen Weatherly
I have personally worked in public service media since 1980 and, while I am a huge fan of general audience programming on AETN, I have remained committed and loyal primarily because of what our system does for our children. Join me to learn more – including why PBS KIDS is the most educational media brand for children. Read more

Guest Blogger Nick Harrington – NEA Read Across America
NEA’s Read Across America, now in its 19th year, focuses on motivating children and teens to pick up a book and read. As a college student and avid reader, I know reading every day, even just a little bit, makes a difference. Read on to learn how my parents helped me become a lifelong reader and how you can help the kids in your life get started with NEA’s Read Across America program. Read more

“Sesame Street” for Military Families — Transitions
When parents transition and move, so do kids, and it’s all a new adventure! But, while all adventure stories have a hero, they also have ups and downs. “Sesame Street” provides helpful resources for caring adults to help their little heroes find the strength to “go with the flow” in this special program and accompanying tool kits. Read more

Keep Exploring - 5 Things to Know About “Ready Jet Go!”
Have you had fun learning about astronomy and Earth science on “Ready Jet Go!”? Keep exploring PBS KIDS’ newest series with games, hands-on activities and more! Read more

“Arkansans Ask: Paying for College”
Have rising education costs have left you wondering how you or your child can afford college? Join us and share your questions in February’s special “Arkansans Ask,” where we talk with the experts to learn about the various resources and options for Arkansans to get funding. We’ll discuss financial aid, scholarships, loans and more on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. Read more

Coding Is the New Literacy - Free ScratchJr App Gets Kids Started
It’s never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump. Read more

“Tah-dee!” Get Ready for a “Nature Cat” Special and New Episodes
When the weather is cold, it’s is to be a little more reluctant to explore our surroundings, but an all-new “Nature Cat” special is sure to spark kids’ curiosity for the outdoors! Learn about what you can expect in the hour-long special, new episodes and free, new online games available through PBS KIDS after the jump. Read more

December “Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveaway
Does your birthday boy or girl love “Bob the Builder” and construction? We have just the party materials you need! Learn how you can enter our Facebook contest to win a special Birthday Bash Prize Pack for a party of eight during the month of December.  Read more

Tally Ho! Adventure Reigns on PBS KIDS’ New “Nature Cat”
Described by its creators as “Looney Tunes” with a nature curriculum, our newest PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat” is a fun way to inspire your kids to get outside and explore the world around them! Learn all about Fred the House Cat and how he becomes “backyard explorer extraordinaire” Nature Cat after the jump. Read more

Fresh “Bob the Builder” Look Premieres Nov. 16
Can we build it? Yes, we can! On Sunday, Nov. 16, “Bob the Builder” is adding to its strong STEM and social foundations to launch a brand new look! Packed with humor and fun, the updated series introduces new characters, locations and charming stories while maintaining Bob’s can-do attitude and warm and caring tone. Learn more about the fresh show (including a fun Easter egg for “Downton Abbey” fans) after the jump. Read more

See Amazing! — Free “Sesame Street” and Autism App
Every kid is an original, and that’s what we and “Sesame Street” are here to celebrate! With the “Sesame Street” and Autism App, find free resources that are for all families, with or without children with autism. They’ll help build understanding, reduce stigma and provide support with everyday routines. Read more

“Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveaway
Does your birthday boy or girl love “Bob the Builder” and construction? We have just the party materials you need! To celebrate the premiere of the show’s fresh look on Nov. 15, we’re giving away a special Birthday Bash Prize Pack. Read on to learn how you can enter our Facebook contest! Read more

2015 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November, join AETN, 20 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters for our neighbors in need. See a list of drop off locations after the jump! Read more

Guest Blogger Kim Davis — Finally, a Reason Why I’d Go Back to High School
As part of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmakers Program allows students to gain knowledge from prominent filmmakers (Lisa Leeman, Nadine Mundo, Jon Crawford, Russ Galusha, and a handful of hardworking SAU-Tech students) and put that new knowledge to practice. With cameras in hand, students were let loose to track down interview subjects and share the subjects’ stories. Students boarded the buses at the end of the day with connections, confidence, and a new grasp on storytelling — documentary style.  Read more

PBS Students App - Free Resources at the Tap of a Finger!
Looking for a safe, trusted online app for your kids with content that can help them with their homework … or help them learn something new? Be sure to check out the PBS Students app from PBS LearningMedia. (The best part? It’s absolutely FREE!) Read more

Stand Up to Cancer — Emperor Science Award Program
The Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, is offering high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. Winners will also receive a Google Chrome Notebook, a $1,500 stipend and the opportunity to continue their mentorship. Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2015. Read more

It’s Odd-tober on PBS KIDS!
This October is “Odd-tober” on PBS KIDS, starting with an all-new one-hour “Odd Squad” special, followed by the return of Halloween-themed episodes from many of your family’s favorites. Learn more after the jump! Read more

Conway EcoFest - Saturday, Oct. 10
Join AETN for environmental, educational fun at Conway EcoFest on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park! We’ll have fun activities to explore the outdoors and our upcoming PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat.” Read more

Kelly’s Top 5 “Student Selects” Picks for 2015
There were tons of amazing films submitted to “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” last year from students all across Arkansas. Kelly, an AETN Production Intern, shares her top 5 picks for 2015. Be sure to check out all the episodes that will be airing this month on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Read more

“Student Selects 2015”
We’re showcasing the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers every Friday night in September as part of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2015.” Learn which outstanding student films will be featured after the jump. Read more

6 Ways to Smooth the Back-to-School Transition
We all know it’s nearly here - backpacks and lunch boxes have been dug out of storage and the scent of freshly sharpened pencils is filling the air! But, as virtually all of us can testify, after summer break, the back-to-school transition can be tough. We have six ideas for making it easier! Read more

Isabella Nguyen Named PBS KIDS Writers Contest Finalist
Little Rock’s Isabella Nguyen has been named a finalist in the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Isabella’s original story, “Be Yourself,” earned first place among second grade entries in Arkansas’s local contest in May. Read more

6 Ways to Use Spanish in the Classroom - “Oh, Noah!”
Teachers and parents, are you looking for a way to help your kiddos ages 6-8 learn to speak Spanish? PBS KIDS’ “Oh, Noah!” helps kids learn language better by putting new terms into meaningful context. Check out six of the show’s great suggestions for everyday language learning after the jump! Read more

ChildCare Aware Resource Center Community Open House
In partnership with the Conway Regional Women’s Council and the ChildCare Aware Resource Center, AETN Early Childhood Education is working to prevent childhood obesity by providing access to important nutrition and physical fitness education. Learn more at a special event Thursday, Aug. 13. Read more

Swing Into August With Curious George
Curious George is back to his inquisitive ways in a new special, “Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle”! Don’t miss its premiere as part of a special, three-hour monkey marathon, which also features “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey.” Tune in for the adventure-filled spectacular on Monday, Aug. 17, starting at 7 a.m. Read more

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!
Families with students in grades K-12 are encouraged to join AETN Community Education and Mosaic Church Conway for an evening of educational fun Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. The evening will feature a light dinner and an evening of exciting S.T.E.A.M. activities. Read more

Get Ready for Back-to-School With Clifford and Whole Foods
School supply lists are out and the smell of fresh crayons is in the air! It’s almost time to go back to school! Celebrate with AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Little Rock Whole Food Kids Club on Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. Read more

Tips to Stay Cool and Beat the Heat
If you haven’t noticed by the high temperatures and overwhelming humidity, summer has made its grand entrance. With these drastically high temperatures, many around are seeking a cool place to unwind. Tips to say cool and beat the heat are after the jump! Read more

Free PBS Kids Apps Spark Growth and Imagination
We all know that PBS KIDS is the No. 1 educational media brand for kids, hands down. But did you know that they offer interactive content, such as PBS KIDS video player and more than 40 mobile apps that help support children’s learning? Find details after the jump! Read more

Aspen Smith wins Arkansas 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Eleven-year-old Arkansan and aspiring chef Aspen Smith showcased her culinary skills and earned a trip to the Kids’ State Dinner in Washington D.C. with her entry in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge! Find her winning recipe for Arkansas Baked Almond Catfish and learn more about the challenge after the jump. Read more

Free, Fun Summer Learning Resources
School’s out for summer, but learning never stops! Join us and PBS KIDS to combat summer learning loss with free Summer Safari online resources and special programming all summer long. Read more

AETN Youth Academy 2015 - Get Ready for an Inventive Summer!
Starting to make summer plans for your family? Kids can learn how inventions can make make the world a better place in two AETN Youth Academy camps this summer! Sign up now to join us for free “Get Moving Challenge” camps in June and the “Speedy Shelter Challenge” camps in July. Read more

“Super” Summer Reading at Lonoke & Prairie County Libraries
AETN and “Super Why!” are thrilled to partner with the Lonoke/Prairie County Regional Library System to promote reading all summer long! “Super Why!” has come to Arkansas for a library tour June 8-11 to kick off the England, Carlisle, Des Arc and Ward Public Libraries’ “Every Hero has a Story” Summer Reading Campaign. Read more

Help Kids Self-Regulate With “Sesame Street: Breathe, Think, Do” App
Designed for preschoolers, “Breathe, Think, Do” helps teach skills including problem solving, self-control, planning and task persistence (aka sticking with something in spite of distractions). Read on to learn more about the free, bilingual “Sesame Street” app and how you can download it today! Read more

Learn Spanish With “Oh, Noah!” This Summer
This summer, introduce kids to Spanish in an entertaining way with PBS KIDS digital series “Oh, Noah!” With free videos, immersive language games and more, “Oh, Noah!” is a great tool to help kids ages 4-7 practice a second language and improve general language skills, listening skills, and mental development. Read more

FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop in Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff area parents, you’re not alone! We know that parenting is hard work, and we’ll be there to help on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School. Join us for free resources, tips and fun activities! Kids are welcome, too, and will have the chance to visit Clifford the Big Red Dog. Read more

Student Selects — 2015 THEA Scholarship Winners Announced
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Select Thea Filmmaking Scholarship winners Reed Carson, Addison Yates, Michael Driskell and Cole Borgstadt! Each will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Thea Foundation to an institution of their choice.  Read more

Springdale’s Sojas Wagle competes in National Geographic Bee
What in the world do you know about our planet’s geography? On Sunday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m., see if you can match the knowledge of the nation’s best and brightest fourth through eighth graders as they compete in the National Geographic Bee. Sojas Wagle, who attends Springdale’s Southwest Junior High, will represent Arkansas in the competition. Read more

Student Selects - LRFFYouth! Workshops
Do you know an aspiring filmmaker in middle or high school? Be sure to let them know about the hands-on 2015 Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshops on May 12-13. But hurry! Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Read more

Bob Courtway Middle School - Digital Day: Unplugged Night
Conway area parents and guardians, join AETN Community Education for "Unplugged Night" Thursday, May 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. We’ll have food, fun, special activities, information to help you set parental controls on your mobile devices, and ideas for how your family can “unplug” and connect to one another. Read more

Student Selects LRFFYouth! 2015 Screening Schedule
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Selects winners! Join us to recognize their outstanding work at the Little Rock Film Festival screening of their films as part of our LRFFYouth! workshops and Student Selects screening and scholarship presentation on Tuesday, May 12, in the Ron Robinson Theater, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Read more

2015 Arkansas Quiz Bowl Champions
On Saturday, April 25, we were delighted to host the 2015 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) state championship. This year’s competition — which was a phenomenal showcase for Arkansas high school students’ intellect and scholarship — was particularly special since it marked the tournament and AETN tradition’s 30th anniversary. See photos of the 2015 State Champion teams and runners-up. Read more

PBS KIDS Characters Join AETN at Toadsuck Daze
Ready for a weekend of family-oriented fun? Join AETN and our PBS KIDS friends at Toadsuck Daze’s annual, free-admission festival in downtown Conway! We’ll be at the McDonald’s/ Crain Kia Main Stage at Simon Park with Curious George, Buddy the Dinosaur of “Dinosaur Train” and Clifford the Big Red Dog on May 2 and 3. Read more

“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Todd Rundgren and Music Education
Veteran rocker Todd Rundgren came to Little Rock recently to spread a message about the importance of music education. Rundgren is best known for some of his early hits like “Bang the Drum All Day.” While he is still performing and writing new songs, he is also focusing on helping the next generation of music makers. His organization Spirit of Harmony Foundation held the Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education at the Statehouse Convention Center on April 18 with the help of the Clinton School of Public Service. Read more

2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners
After lots of thinking — a little bit of nail-biting, lots of giggling and some very tough decisions — we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Three winners from each grade have been selected, and each first place-winning story will be sent on to PBS KIDS to represent Arkansas in the national Writers Contest. Read more

“Dinosaur Train” Visits the Arkansas Literary Festival
Love Buddy the Dinosaur and Dr. Scott on PBS KIDS’ “Dinosaur Train”? You can see them both at the Arkansas Literary Festival 2015! AETN is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of this year’s celebration and will join our friends and partners at the Museum of Discovery for a special events on Saturday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. Read more

30th Annual Quiz Bowl State Finals
The Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition celebrates its 30th year with the broadcast of “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2015” state finals on Saturday, April 25. Find the conference schedule and learn how you can watch the intellectual showcase in person or on-air after the jump. Read more

Win Tickets to Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” Party
Love reading and want to go to the Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” party on Friday, April 24? AETN is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the festival, and we have a pair of tickets to share! There are three days and three ways to enter to win - take a photo of yourself with your favorite book and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Read more

“Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” visits Fort Smith on April 18
Join AETN Foundation and our friends from Mercy Northwest Arkansas at the Fort Smith Public Library to meet the star of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. - noon. Read more

Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator
Congratulations are in order for Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School! AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are thrilled to announce that Ms. Parham, who teaches seventh grade science, was one of 100 educators nationwide selected as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. PBS Digital Innovators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. Read more

FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop - April 14
No, you're not alone - parenting is hard work! Join AETN Community Education for a free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School on Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. There, you can learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child. Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will also be featured. Read more

“Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” visits Northwest Arkansas
Do you and your kiddos love that crazy Cat in the Hat? Join us and our friends from Mercy Northwest Arkansas to meet the star of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” early this April in Rogers and Fort Smith. Read more

Celebrate Spring Break Photos
It was tons of fun joining our friends at the Museum of Discovery to Celebrate Spring Break March 23 through 24 — and we were so glad to see so many of you there, too! More than 2,900 PBS KIDS fans came to visit Curious George on Monday and over 1,500 problem solvers hung out with Peg + Cat on Tuesday. See photos and follow the links to download your copies after the jump. Read more

Jump-start AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Creativity
We’re getting closer and closer to the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest deadline on April 10! Help kids with writers block (or who would love a new way to create great stories) jump-start their creativity with the PBS KIDS online story creator. Get a step-by-step look at the fun, interactive platform for writing and illustrating after the jump. Read more

AETN + Museum of Discovery = Spring Break Fun!
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat will be visiting for photos and shenanigans on Monday, March 23, and Peg + Cat will be taking photos and solving problems Tuesday, March 24. Read more

ENTER NOW - AETN Student Selects 2015
We’re counting down to the Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase deadline on Friday, March 27. K-12 students are invited to submit their work for consideration for screening at the Little Rock Film Festival and broadcast on AETN. And don’t forget, high school students may compete for Arkansas Historic Places cash prizes and high school seniors can be considered for Thea Foundation scholarships! Read more

Free Setting Parents Up to Win workshop - Postponed
AETN Community Education's free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog for a rescheduled date to to learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child! Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will still be featured. Read more

2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Calling all K-3 author/illustrators across Arkansas! We’re now accepting entries for the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Twelve state-level winners — three from each grade — will receive AETN prize packs, and each first-place winner will advance to the national contest. On top of that, first-place winners will have an extra-special treat: they can either tour AETN studios with their class or have Clifford the Big Red Dog come to visit them at their school! Read more

“Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief” Free Preview Screening Feb. 10
Artwork is missing from the Museum of Modern Cookies … and Cookie Monster is the prime suspect! Can Elmo, Abby and Chris clear Cookie’s name in time? Find out at our special family sneak preview of the classic chew-dunnit — along with fun crafts and snacks — on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. in AETN studios. Read more

10 Reasons Not to Miss Our “EARTH A New Wild” Screening Event With Dr. M. Sanjayan
We’ve told you about our exciting, free event on Jan. 21 — a preview screening of upcoming PBS documentary series “EARTH A New Wild” and panel discussion with its host and prominent conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan. But, in case you don’t know already, why should you reserve your seat sooner rather than later? We have 10 great reasons! Read more

Free Cyber Safety Class, Monday, Jan. 12
The online world offers us immeasurable information and great benefits … but along with those resources come risks. To help you and your family learn how to recognize and address safety issues in the digital world, AETN Adult Education is offering a free Cyber Safety class on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Read more

AETN Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Interning at AETN and Life Beyond Academia
I’m Jack Smith, a senior at Hendrix College, and I’ve spent most of the past few months doing my absolute best to prove to myself that going out into the world beyond academia won’t actually be as terrifying as I’ve tricked myself into believing. Thankfully, working here at AETN for the past few months has been really helpful for me in that regard. Read more

2014 Holiday Specials
Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the spirit with holiday specials for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s throughout the month of December. From fun PBS KIDS pieces, to cooking specials, to great music and more, it’s a grand way to celebrate a wonderful time of the year. Read more

Let Your Holiday Shopping Do Double-Duty
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump. Read more

Let Your Holiday Shopping Do Double-Duty
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump. Read more

Student Selects - Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Humanities Council and AETN’s own Student Selects program are partnering up to offer young filmmakers in the state even more opportunities to have their work seen by the general public and this time there are even cash prizes! The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is asking student filmmakers across the state to try their hand at making historical documentaries about some of the fascinating landmarks that can be found across Arkansas. Read more

Clifford Visits Whole Foods Little Rock Dec. 5
Kick off the holiday season with AETN and Whole Foods Little Rock in a special, free event celebrating the arrival of PBS KIDS sustainable toy line on Friday, Dec. 5! AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog will join the Whole Foods Kids Club for story time, a science activity with the Museum of Discovery and more from 10-11 a.m. and will be available for photos until 1 p.m. Read more

Thomas the Tank Engine Soars in Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cinders and ashes! Your favorite little, blue locomotive will be transformed into a big, beautiful balloon for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch for him Thanksgiving morning, and be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the making of his balloon. Read more

“Odd Squad” Premieres on Nov. 26
Whenever something unusual happens in their town, who can solve the problem and save the day? Olive and Otto, agents of Odd Squad, of course! In this new AETN KIDS program - airing weekdays at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. - the clever kids work together to problem-solve and set things right, using a math concept that’s embedded into each of their cases. Don’t miss the one-hour premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Read more

Dunbar Magnet Middle School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab
In October, we were proud to have the talented broadcast journalism students from our PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at the Little Rock School District’s Dunbar Magnet Middle School join us for the 2014 U.S. Senate Debate. What does their NewsHour Student Reporting Lab do, and what did they learn at the “Elections 2014: AETN Debates”? Join us after the jump to find out! Read more

Arkansas Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Over the years, both on his program and in his personal life, Mister Rogers demonstrated an incredible variety of positive character traits. He was kind. He didn’t think the things that frightened or confused us were silly. He told us how things worked. He said that we were special - and he meant it. To make a long paragraph short, Fred McFeely Rogers lived out a lesson of how to be a caring neighbor. Carry on that legacy by donating to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this November. Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - And the Winner Is …
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means. Costumes, delicious treats, wonderfully spooky programming on AETN and … the day the winner is declared in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins! With all of the spooktacular entries and your dedicated voting, which pumpkin and AETN Department will take home the bragging rights? Read more

“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies - A Student Selects Halloween”
Arkansas’s young filmmakers will be showing off their spooky sides in the first ever edition of “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies — A Student Selects Halloween” on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Start with the a milder first batch of films in our prime time showcase of family-friendly entries, then let horror fans stay up for the hour-long feature of terror-inducing submissions at 10 p.m. Read more

Guest Blogger Jack Smith — An Inside Look at the Student Selects HSDFF Workshop
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and work with young, emerging filmmakers from right here in Arkansas as a part of my ongoing internship through Hendrix College at AETN. The entire weekend was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to any and all who might find themselves interested in the world of film or who just have a taste for the documentary style. Read more

Cast Your Vote … in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins!
The AETN Battle of the Pumpkins ends Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. AETN Departments are still vying for your vote for their creative AETN and PBS-themed pumpkins. Help them win honor, glory and bragging rights by choosing your favorite at Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins: PBS KIDS Halloween Specials
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween with all sorts of fun PBS KIDS fall and holiday specials during the week of Oct. 27! See the special schedule — featuring “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest,” new Halloween-themed episodes of “Curious George” and “Dinosaur Train,” and much more — after the jump. Read more

Student Selects - Spring Creek Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium
Young filmmakers in Northwest Arkansas and from across the state are encouraged to join the “AETN Student Selects: Opportunities for Young Filmmakers” workshop at the Spring Creek Festival Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium on Friday, Oct. 24, in Springdale’s Jones Center for Families. Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - DIY PBS KIDS Costume Ideas
Are you and your ghouls and goblins dreaming up ideas for Halloween costumes? Take some inspiration from this round up of great PBS KIDS DIY Costume ideas - like Sid the Science KIDS, Daniel Tiger, Arthur Read, Thomas the Tank Engine, Word Girl, Buddy the Dinosaur and more! Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Finished Products
You saw the challenge, now check out the AETN departments’ answers! We’re seeing an entirely new side of everyone’s creativity here at the station with some truly outstanding pumpkins. From classic PBS to favorite new dramas to AETN originals (classic and brand-new for Halloween) read on to see all of the amazing entries and find the link to vote for your favorite. Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Halloween Crafts
While the pumpkin battle rages here, what specter-tacular crafts are you doing at home? We have some great Halloween craft ideas for kids big and small — from creating your own Monster Slime to treat holders and more! Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - You Pick the Winner
AETN’s departments are getting ready for Halloween with an exciting new contest, but to choose the winner, we’ll need your help! Keep reading for the rules, to see who’s competing and to learn how you can cast your vote! Read more

AETN KIDS Club - Halloween Recipe Round-Up
Looking for some eerie inspiration for your little ghouls and goblins or for your big Halloween bash? Find fun ideas, from Mummy Dogs to Monster Cupcakes, in this great round-up! Read more

AETN KIDS Club — Spooktacular Reads for Halloween
It’s already October, and crunchy leaves, crisp breezes, pumpkins and Halloween are on their way! Find some library trip inspiration for kids of all ages — from babies and toddlers to upper elementary (and maybe even grown-ups) — in this book list from AETN Kids. Read more

Free Giovanni Antipolo Concert Oct. 2
Little Rock native “Gio” Antipolo is bringing classical piano to “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” with a free concert in our studios on Thursday, Oct. 2. Meet us in the AETN lobby by 6:30 p.m. to reserve your free seat for extraordinary excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.” Read more

“Student Selects 2014” premieres Sept. 25
See and celebrate the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers in “Student Selects : A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2014” starting Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.! This annual event highlights K-12 students’ creativity and talent, as well as the work of our 2014 THEA Foundation scholarship winners in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Read more

AETN KIDS Club Booklist: Animals + Reading = Fun
How can you make reading even more fun for kids? If you already know that they love their furry, feathered or even scaly friends, we have some great ideas! Get to know Arkansas author David M. Sargent Jr. — who writes children’s books about his pets; learn how reading to pets can build reading confidence; and check out our booklist filled with stories about animal pals of all shapes and sizes. Read more

"Sesame Street" Season 45
This fall, we and “Sesame Street” are introducing new episodes, a bonus half-hour program in the afternoon (available on-air and online), and celebrating the iconic series’ 45th year of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Another bonus? Lots of fun celebrity appearances and spoofs grown-ups will enjoy, too! Read more

Plum Landing Arrives at Conway EcoFest
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 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. Read more

Free Copies of “108˚: Critical Response” Available to Public Libraries
As the temperature rises and fall activities go into full swing, it's more important than ever to educate ourselves and our kids about the prevention, signs and dangers of exertional heat illness. To help, learn how your local public library can request a free copy of AETN and ArkansasIDEAS’ original documentary “108˚: Critical Response.”  Read more

New AETN KIDS Fall Schedule
We've already kicked off a new school year, and soon it will be time to start our new Fall 2014 AETN KIDS Schedule! To benefit our younger viewers, beginning Sept. 1, we’re adjusting our daytime AETN PBS KIDS schedule and introducing new shows. Keep reading to get the inside scoop. Read more

New “Wild Kratts” World Adventure App Available
Into “creature power” at your house? PBS KIDS has just launched an all-new “Wild Kratts” World Adventure App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and we think it’s going to be a hit with Kratt fans across the boards. Just in time for Earth Month, World Adventure invites kids to explore animal science and habitats while building key skills and encouraging science inquiry. Read more

PBS Educational Resource PD Training Oct. 15
Join AETN Early Childhood Education Coordinator Amy Routt for a free professional development course about PBS' most innovative educational resources! Learn how to register for the Oct. 15 course and more about its offerings after the jump. Read more

"Design Squad Nation" site for your budding do-it-yourselfer
"Design Squad Nation" launches a new Engineering website for your budding do-it-yourselfer! Tweens, families…anyone can be an engineer here.  This interactive community challenges kids to express their adventurous, do-it-yourself spirit by providing a forum to share their ideas with like-minded creative kids.  Make a balloon engine, learn how roller coasters work, share your own ideas and more! Read more