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!
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.
“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.
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.
Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.
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.