KLRU Kids Holiday Programming 2015


The weather outside is frightful, the fire is pretty delightful, and it can only mean one thing –  the holidays are almost here! To get ready for the holiday season, KLRU has a full slate of specials for your favorite kids shows.

(For a list of family-friendly of holiday programming, go here.)

Thanksgiving weekend:

wild kratts christmas

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas premieres Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 a.m. and repeats at 2 p.m. In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.

via PBSKids

via PBSKids

Immediately following A Creature Christmas on Nov. 25, Nature Cat premieres! It also repeats at 2 p.m.

December 7:

Curious George

Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas airs at 7:30 a.m. and repeats at 1 p.m. George and The Man with The Yellow Hat are having a very merry time counting down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Daniel Tigers Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Winter Nutcracker airs at 8:30 a.m. Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. Later, Daniel goes ice skating for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard. Then, in Winter Nutcracker, Daniel is going to see a show called The Nutcracker Ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on!


Peg + Cat + Holidays airs at 9:00 am and repeats at 12 noon. This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem,” and “The Penguin Problem. ” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins airs at 10 a.mLook for the premiere of a new Dinosaur Train holiday special, “Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins.”  When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they get stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration? Educational Objective: The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.

Super Why

Super Why! Judith’s Happy Chanukah airs at 11 a.m. Super Why! also gets into the holiday spirit that day with the premiere episode “Judith’s Happy Chanukah.”

Thomas And Friends

Thomas & Friends Winder Delights/Merry Winter Wish airs at 11:30 a.m. Merry Misty Island – It’s the Winter Holidays on the Island of Sodor. Dash, Bash and Ferdinand decide to throw a party. This is their first party and they’re not really sure what to do and they won’t ask Thomas to help them. Soon the Logging Locos have caused chaos on Misty Island with party decorations scattered all over the place. They need help fast before their party is ruined. Thomas turns up just in time and the Winter Holiday Party is a big success.   Merry Winter Wish – It’s the Winter Holidays and Thomas is given the special job of delivering the Star of Knapford to Knapford Station. Instead of going directly to Knapford, Thomas decides to give all of his friends a wish upon the star. The friends wish upon the star but soon there is an accident and the star falls off the back of Thomas’ flatbed. With the help of his friends Thomas gets the star to Knapford just in time.

KLRU Odd Squad event

Odd Squad Reindeer Games airs 3:30 p.mReindeer Games – In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa’s naughty list. Curriculum: Coordinate graphing; greater than and less than.

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas also airs Monday, December 7 at 4 p.m.

Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks Martha’s Holiday Surprise/We’re Powerless airs Monday, December 7 at 5 p.m.  Martha’s Holiday Surprise: A blizzard is headed towards Wagstaff City and Mittens the cat is trapped in an alley. Fears rise when the story unfolds: Mittens has kittens. Abandoning animal prejudices, Martha and Skits trample into the snow-capped city to rescue the endangered cat and her young. Vocabulary: (E) attack, comfort, nourish, secure, snuggle.   We’re Powerless!: A blackout in Wagstaff City renders Helen, T.D. and Truman incapable of playing their favorite videogame, Multi-Dimensional Intergalactic Kleine Nachtgopher Attack Four. But with a little imagination, a basket of laundry and some salad tongs, these nachtgophers might not be so powerless after all. Vocabulary: (E) blackout, chill, discomfort, shiver, starve.

December 12:


Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs at 9 a.m. Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). The only problem is, just like in real life, perfection is hard to attain, and things start to fall apart.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

Peg + Cat + Holidays airs again Thursday, December 24 at 9:30 a.m. and repeats at 11:30 a.m.

Dinosaur Train Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins airs again Friday, December 25 at 10 a.m.

Super Why! ’Twas The Night Before Christmas airs Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m. and Friday, December 25 at 11 a.m.  Super Why ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through Storybrook Village, not a creature was stirring…except for Whyatt, who has an important question for Santa! So the Super Readers catch up with Santa and his reindeer as they gallop from rooftop to rooftop and unravel the mystery of Santa’s childhood, discovering along the way how to help spread the magic of the holiday.

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs Thursday, December 24 at 12:30 pm and repeats Saturday, December 26 at 7:00 am.  This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Odd Squad Reindeer Games airs again Thursday, December 24 at 3 p.m.

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas airs again Thursday, December 24 at 4 p.m. and repeats Friday, December 25 at 4 p.m.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs again Friday, December 25 at 2 p.m.

November 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm: EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS
Part 1: “Extreme Wonders
Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm: Part 2: “Wonders of Water
Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 pm: Part 3: Living Wonders

This three-part series travels to some of the most extraordinary places on Earth to tell the stories of the people who live there. Across our planet, there are a handful of places that just take your breath away – Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, the Amazon Rainforest. We call them Natural Wonders. They may be awe-inspiring, but these are also some of the most inhospitable places on the planet and they pose extraordinary challenges for those who call them “home.”

Wednesday, November 25 at 7:20 am & 2:50 pm: NATURE CAT Premiere
NATURE CAT is a new animated series that encourages children to explore nature with voices from Saturday Night Live. The series will inspire viewers to get outdoors and develop connections with the natural world. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the multiplatform media property premiers this Thanksgiving along with integrated digital content and hands-on activities. Inspired by research on the health and educational benefits of spending time outside, NATURE CAT will encourage families to get active and go on their own outdoor adventures.

KLRU Kids gets a crazy new schedule

Ch-ch-ch-changes! The KLRU Kids schedule will be revamped starting Nov. 2. Sesame Street will air at 9 a.m. on weekdays while Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood move up one hour. In the afternoon, Arthur moves up one hour.

Brand new episodes of Bob the Builder start Nov. 2. To celebrate, KLRU is airing classic episodes of Bob adventures Oct. 18 and Oct. 26. Check out what the new Bob will look like below:

Nature Cat is a new show debuting Nov. 25. The show follows a house cat named Fred who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. It will air every Monday and Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Learn more about Nature Cat here.

The new schedule in full:

Weekdays             Monday – Friday

6:30 am                 Wild Kratts

7:00 am                 Curious George/Nature Cat (Mondays & Wednesdays)

7:30 am                 Curious George

8:00 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

8:30 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

9:00 am                 Sesame Street

9:30 am                 Peg + Cat

10:00 am              Dinosaur Train

10:30 am              Bob the Builder

11:00 am              Super Why!

11:30 am              Thomas & Friends

12:00 pm              Signing Time

12:30 pm              Cat in the Hat/Space Racer (Friday only)

1:00 pm                 Curious George

1:30 pm                 Peg + Cat

2:00 pm                 Arthur

2:30 pm                 Arthur/ Nature Cat (Mondays & Wednesdays)

3:00 pm                 Odd Squad

3:30 pm                 Odd Squad

4:00 pm                 Wild Kratts

4:30 pm                 Wild Kratts

5:00 pm                 Martha Speaks/Biz Kid$ (Friday only)


5:00 am                 Thomas & Friends

5:30 am                 Bob the Builder

6:00 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

6:30 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:00 am                 Cat in the Hat (Repeat)

7:30 am                 Curious George/Nature Cat

8:00 am                 Wild Kratts

8:30 am                 Wild Kratts

9:00 am                 Odd Squad

9:30 am                 Arthur


5:00 am                 Sid the Science Kid

5:30 am                 Dinosaur Train

6:00 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

6:30 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:00 am                 Cat in the Hat (Repeat)

7:30 am                 Curious George/Nature Cat

8:00 am                 Wild Kratts

8:30 am                 Wild Kratts

Green School Carnival $500 Scholarship – Apply Now!

In Spring 2015, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS worked with Campbell Elementary of Austin ISD, the Austin ISD Sustainability Program and Keep Austin Beautiful to create a “Green” school carnival. Funds to support these efforts came from a PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors grant. Using remaining funds from the grant, we would like to help three schools interested in putting on their own “green” carnival this fall with three $500 grant opportunities. Watch the video for a glimpse of what Campbell did, then think about what you can do to “green up” your carnival. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Whether you receive a grant or not, consider contacting Keep Austin Beautiful for free resources and activities.

Go to the application here

Teacher Tools in PBS LearningMedia!


PBS LearningMedia teacher tools also known as “Productivity Tools” are helping educators integrate digital media into learning by creating personalized learning experiences for students. Included in these teacher tools are the Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, Storyboard, and Puzzle Builder.  Use these tools to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.

How Teachers Use Tools to Engage with Students

  1. Lesson Builder- A fast way to create and assign interactive lesson plans for students.
  2. Quiz Maker-  Create quizzes and quick assessments.
  3. Storyboards-  Illustrate a concept or topic through a collection of PBS videos, your own uploaded videos,  text and images. Also create a class storyboard or assign students the task of creating a storyboard.
  4. Puzzle Builder- Create puzzles including both crossword puzzles and word searches.

Share Content You Have Created

With PBS LearningMedia, share content on the site in just a few easy steps. The lessons and storyboards that educators create and make public are now searchable and can be found by performing a keyword search and using the search bar.  Click the “Include Teacher-Built Resources” checkbox at the top of the search results in order to display all shared lessons and storyboards.

Storyboard and Lesson Examples

  1.  Hummingbird Super Powers! A storyboard about hummingbirds, featuring videos and fun facts for students.
  2. Shaking Things Up: A storyboard about earthquakes with videos and room for facts!
  3. Cubes: A storyboard with videos and examples of cubes.
  4. Ocean Life: A storyboard filled with marine life fun facts and videos.
  5. Digital and Mobile Art: A storyboard filled with videos from a KQED curated collection that provides background information about digital artists and highlights art made using apps, computer graphics and other digital tools.

Register for a free PBS LearningMedia account to quickly create your own media rich lessons and storyboards with PBS LearningMedia tools for teachers. 

(with permission from KQED)

October 2015 Family Choice


KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In October 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm: NATURE: Big Birds Can’t Fly
This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things — feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Is this an evolutionary joke?

Pets - Wild at Heart.  Episode 1 - Playful Creatures.

Wednesday, October 21 at 7 pm: NATURE: Pets: Wild at Heart
(part one of a two-part miniseries)
Episode 1: Playful Creatures
In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm: NATURE: Pets: Wild at Heart
(part two of a two-part miniseries)
Episode 2: Secretive Creatures
In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. This episode includes the sensory secrets of budgies, horses, guinea pigs and goldfish as well as the remarkable abilities of hamsters…

Wild Kratts Live! 1/23

Wild Kratts

You gotta be squidding me! The wildly popular PBS Kids show Wild Kratts is coming to the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall January 23 for Wild Kratts Live!

Emmy-nominated brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, the creative team behind Wild Kratts, Kratt’s Creatures, Be the Creature and Zooboomafoo, create a special live-action adventure specifically for stage on their national tour. Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classic Wild Kratts story. In “To the Creature Rescue!”, the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain and save the animals of the creature world. The Kratts’ animated adventures on TV combine zany zoological fun with lessons about science.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 512-477-6060 or on Texas Performing Arts Website.

September 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2015, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, Wednesday, September 1-2 at 7:00 pm: BIG BLUE LIVE
Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters and brown pelicans — convene in this once-a-year confluence.

Wednesday, September 2 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “Bigger Than T. Rex”
NOVA joins paleontologist Paul Sereno on the trail of Spinosaurus — the biggest and most fearsome predator of all time.

Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 pm: IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Jim Henson”
This film follows Jim Henson’s career from his first work with the Muppets in the early 1950s during television’s Golden Age up to his sudden and shocking death in 1990, as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific and influential artists of his time.

Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances”
Growing up in the wild is always rough – and young animals rely on their parents to protect and nurture them through the dangerous early phase of life. But how do young animals survive when they’ve lost their mothers? This heartwarming and emotional series follows the work of animal rescue centers around the world and introduces the extraordinary people who have devoted their lives to helping all sorts of wild orphans get back on their feet.

KLRU Education travels to the White House to share work on Play to Learn™

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, KLRU took part in a White House convening around the ConnectHome initiative, the plan to provide low-cost/free high-speed connectivity in over 275,000 low-income residences across the US and on tribal lands. Austin has been selected as the mentor city for the project due to collaborations including the City of Austin, HACA, Google, Austin FreeNet, United Way for Greater Austin, and KLRU, among others.

KLRU’s role in the panel was to share our work on Play to Learn™, the United Way-led initiative that brings parents and youth ages 2-4 together for a variety of fun learning activities, including the use of digital tablets. Throughout the ten-week program, the families take home books and learning materials and upon successful completion of the program, they take home a digital tablet loaded with educational apps for the whole family. We utilize PBS resources to illuminate at-home learning experiences, including video from PBS Kids, apps like PBS Parents Play and Learn and Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night, and KLRU’s own Smart Screen Time®/La Pantalla Inteligente messaging. Play to Learn™ is a powerful example of the kinds of programs that can occur once a low-income community gets reliable and affordable access to the Internet.


Oddness Abounds in the Odd Squad Camp!

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KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) located at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Meadowbrook site enjoyed a week of oddness only available through the Odd Squad Camp.

The B&GC campers, who were between the ages of 5 and 9, enjoyed taking on the mantle of “agent” to help solve five cases where a case was introduced one day at a time.  The agents had to figure out their agent code and wear their official badge while they trained to become “ace” agents. Solving the case as a team and making gadgets to help solve a math problem were the main activities.  Videos, digital adventures and problem solving were also part of this half-day camp but most of all having FUN was a requirement.