We are having a great week of celebrating and hope you can join us for our capstone event on Sunday afternoon: KLRU’s 50th Birthday Party! Your favorite PBS characters will be celebrating KLRU’s birthday with the city of Austin. Cookie Monster, Arthur, SuperWhy, Clifford, Maya & Miguel and others will take over 2ND Street with fun for the whole family including a Central Texas Gardener activity, story time with local celebrities, Arts In Context dance demonstrations and much more.
At the Birthday Party, we will also be celebrating the launch of our BRAND NEW family membership called KLRU Explorers! KLRU Explorers goes beyond a typical Kids Club – from events to programming to trips – and there’s an opportunity for engagement and fun for every member of your family.
When your family joins KLRU Explorers, you not only support your favorite public television station, but you also get so much in return!
Discounts to local family-friendly and kid-centered businesses, museums and attractions. You will receive a KLRU Explorer card and a Go Local Austin card for hundreds of deals all over town!
A bi-monthly eNewsletter with upcoming program, community events, and Explorer discount highlights for kids and families.
Want to see Clifford at the Long Center or a great musical performance at the Austin symphony? KLRU Explorers will get automatic entry into all family-fun ticket giveaways!
You’ll also receive special invitations to all family and kid-friendly events at KLRU
We want to see your adventures – a visit to the zoo? A family photo in the wildflowers? Share your family exploration photoswith us and we’ll share them on our website – a great way to showcase Austin and your awesome family!
And finally, as a KLRU Explorer we want you to explore beyond Austin’s City Limits:
Once a year, a KLRU Explorer family will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC to visit incredible museums, zoos, and meet your favorite PBS Kids characters!
For only $7 a month, your whole family will be part of the KLRU Explorers – and, if you’re a grandparent or close family friend, a KLRU Explorers membership would be a great gift to give any time.
In 1973, television viewers watched dramatic life events unfold in the home of an American family in Santa Barbara, California. The Loud family was filmed for seven months, making parents Pat and Bill Loud and their five children household names. Unlike most documentaries of its day, “An American Family” had no host, no interviews, and almost no voice-over narration. It was the most controversial and talked-about television program of its era.
Now, more than 35 years later, the original film crew have adapted the 12 hours into this compilation of the most memorable and compelling moments of the series on “An American Family: Anniversary Edition” on Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m.
America’s biggest and brightest birthday party, A Capitol Fourth, features unrivaled musical performances by some of the country’s best known and award-winning musicians. Jimmy Smith hosts with performances by Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard with the Broadway Cast of Million Dollar Quartet, Kelli O’Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra.
The celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands of people with millions more at home, and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Network.
Bringing viewers the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, the annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth captures the pyrotechnics from every vantage point with 20 television cameras stationed around the city — including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In tribute to America’s birthday, the show is capped off with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.
A Capitol Fourth airs on Independence Day – July 4 – at 1 p.m.
This year’s Texas School Ready! Summit brings together some of the brightest minds and leadership—from across Texas and the nation to discuss a pressing issue for our state: Autism Spectrum Disorder. This summit takes place at KLRU on Tuesday, January 25th.
The focus of the Summit will be to provide a better understanding of Autism, how to detect it early and assess it properly, gain insights into medically associated conditions and treatments, and learn how early childhood programs and teachers can smartly work to be responsive to the needs of children with developmental delays.
Go to the live webcast of the event from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday, January 25, at texaspbs.org
The world’s most beloved and inquisitive monkey is back in Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey, the fun-filled sequel to the hit animated movie. Join Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they set out on a madcap cross-country adventure to reunite Kayla, a homesick elephant, with her family. This unlikely trio faces all types of comic calamities and colorful characters and in the end learn that with family, friends and determination you can achieve anything. Featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Matt Lauer, Jamie Kennedy and Jerry Lewis. Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey, “proves that family, friends-and-curiosity- are number one.” – Francine Brokaw, Los Angeles Family Magazine.
Wednesday, November 24th, 8-9 a.m.
Thursday, November 25th, 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, November 27th, 8-9 a.m.
Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NOVA “Dogs Decoded
Tuesday, November 9th at 7 p.m.
Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet, and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family, and we feel that they can understand us in a way other animals cannot. Now, new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. What is surprising, however, is new research showing that humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? It’s all in the genes. Dogs Decoded investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with revealing implications for the evolution of human culture as well. NOVA also travels to Siberia, where the mystery of dogs’ domestication is being repeated—in foxes. A 50-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature, a tame fox with some surprising similarities to man’s best friend. “Dogs Decoded” reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species.
1 & 4 a.m., Wednesday, November 10
3 a.m. & 6 p.m., Sunday, November 14
Weekdays at 2 pm
Monday, September 20th – Tuesday, September 28th
As national spokes-kids for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity, our twin-tastic spitfires can’t wait to energize kids EVERYWHERE to start eating and playing healthy.
A STUPENDOUS new season of WordGirl kicks off with the back-to-school special episode “Bummertime/The Home Run King,” premiering Monday, August 23rd at 3:30pm on KLRU.
(repeats: Tuesday, September 7 at 3:30pm)
Becky just wants to read a book on the last day of summer but Tobey and his latest robot creation are AGGRAVATING her. Can WordGirl figure out how to stop crime and PROLONG her last day of vacation?
Then, when TJ foils a crime during his baseball game with an EXTRAORDINARY home run, he becomes “the Home Run King,” the city’s latest superhero. FORTUNATELY, WordGirl steps in to save the day when he gets in over his head fighting real crimes.
Six new episodes will broadcast throughout the fall beginning September 13th.
Climb aboard for a 1-hour Underwater Adventure special!
Premieres Friday, August 20th, 9:30-10:30am
Climb aboard as Buddy and the entire Pteranodon family board the DINOSAUR TRAIN to embark on their first underwater adventure in the new one-hour special “Dinosaur Train Under the Sea,” airing Friday, August 20 on KLRU. The Pteranodon family learns about new aquatic creatures when they ride the train through a glass-encased time tunnel that dives down under the sea to explore the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic oceans. The train also features the new Aquacar, and open car filled with sea water for carrying their new friends.
Meet Our New Underwater Friends!
Elmer Elasmosaurus: The Dinosaur Train’s new Aquacar gets its first passenger when the Pteranodon family helps transport Elmer back to his home in the ocean. This long-necked, giant marine reptile is a deep-sea diver with a special talent for holding his breath.
Carla Cretoxyrhina: On their underwater excursion, the Pteranodon family meets up with a young shark named Carla Cretoxyrhina, who turns out to be much nicer than her reputation suggests.
The Amazing Michelinoceras Brothers: Buddy and his family continue their underwater adventure by traveling deep underwater on the Dinosaur Train to view two backwards-bounding brothers named Max and Mitch Michelinoceras.
Paulie Pliosaurus: The Pteranodon family wrap up their Dinosaur Train underwater exploration with a visit to a marine reptile called Paulie Pliosaurus, a creature known as the “T. rex of the Ocean.”
There’s great reproducible activity sheet for children and a step-by-step instruction sheet for parents and caregivers on conducting a watery science learning activity with kids. Dinosaur Train colorful hypothesis