As families prepare for a new school year, parents can ease the transition by initiating some conversations and trying new routines.
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
A brand-new season of WordGirl launches August 23 with the premiere of the end of summer/back-to-school episode #301 “Bummertime/The Homerun King.”
Six new episodes will broadcast throughout the fall
Join KLRU and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday on Saturday, June 26th. KLRU is one of many Central Texas organizations helping celebrate the big day with arts & crafts, games, a Starflight helicopter liftoff and, of course, birthday cake. The event begins at 10 a.m.n, with a special performance from Sarah Hickman at noon.
Dell Children’s 3rd Birthday
Saturday, June 26th
10am – 2pm
Dell Children’s Medical Center (directions)
4900 Mueller Boulevard
Healing Garden, west side of hospital
The Cyberchase Summer Challenge premieres on June 29, featuring eight straight weeks of new and encore episodes, new interactive content and new outreach initiatives to help kids overcome the summer slump in math and gear up for the new school year. Tune in every Tuesday at 4pm.
Summer is a time when children are at risk for losing gains in math learning if not offered educationally sustaining activities — and the risk is greater for losing math skills than reading skills. The Summer Challenge will provide eight weeks of fun and free resources to strengthen kids’ involvement with math and problem solving all summer long.
- An all-new gaming component will reveal new challenges every week to keep kids actively engaged at home.
- Storytelling features will motivate kids to share their Summer Challenge experiences with others.
- The PBS KIDS GO! video player will feature Summer Challenge video clips and full episodes.
- Eight new printable activities for teachers, parents and kids will deliver fun, STEM-based challenges for real world application.
- Teachers and parents can also access free, downloadable video clips and episodes to support their Summer Challenge activities.
- Additional printable activities for kids will offer extra summer fun.
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros
(Day of the Child / Festival of Books)
When: Saturday, April 24, 10am -2 pm
Where: J.J. Pickle Elementary School, St. John Community Center, 7500 Blessing Avenue
Join Clifford and Maya & Miguel in enjoying stories, dancers, music, free snacks, free books and much more! KLRU will have a fun activity for children to do along with a free book to take home.
Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, web site
When: Saturday, April 10, 10am-4pm
Tickets: $10 for children and grandparents; $14 for adults
Come celebrate with The Biscuit Brothers, Sara Hickman and Invincible Czars as they headline nearly two dozen music acts at Austin’s premier music festival for children. Steel drums, bagpipes, maricahis, musical hayrides, food, crafts and much more. Clifford, the Big Red Dog will be there for the kid’s enjoyment. Come stop by the KLRU booth and make a musical instrument that your child can decorate and take home, along with resources for the family.
Directions: Pioneer Farms is located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35. Exit I-35 at Braker Lane, go east and follow the signs. From Parmer Lane, a mile north of Braker, go east to Dessau Road (third traffic light), turn right and go to Braker Lane East (first traffic light).
KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, six child care providers, their friends and family gathered in the Austin City Limits Studio to be celebrated as outstanding caregivers in Central Texas. Melissa Huber, 2008 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, presented a short training on conflict resolution using A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa parenting series. Kierstan Schwab, Executive Director, Texas Public Broadcasting Association, discussed the role TPBA has had in early child care. After a catered lunch, the providers viewed a short KLRU-produced video on the 2010 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, Brandi & David Hitchcock of Austin TX. To wrap up the celebration, Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO presented each caregiver with a certificate and a bag of gifts as our way of saying “Thank you!”
Congratulations to the following caregivers: Christine Baird, from Kyle, TX; Tony Bingham, from Austin, TX; Martha Carrillo, from San Marcos, TX; Margaret Coose, from Austin, TX; and Linda Woodard, from Pflugerville, TX for being selected as an outstanding caregiver in Central Texas!
Photos from the event:
Video profile of Brandi & David Hitchcock, the 2010 KLRU Caregivers of the Year winners.
Watch two girls dive into a crystal-blue Catalina reef to uncover sunken secrets about biodiversity. Or four friends engineer a giant twelve-foot pig puppet for a May Day Parade. Or a group of tweens remake a wetland so endangered turtles have a place to call home.
Welcome to SciGirls, a new weekly series that airs on KLRU each Tuesday at 4:30 pm starting Feb. 16.
Each half-hour episode follows a different group of enthusiastic, real SciGirls, who collaborate, communicate, engineer and discover. They’re accompanied by two animated characters – a plucky SciGirl named Izzie and her best friend Jake, who tie the series together with their ongoing adventures.
TV Guide calls Super Why “the greatest TV show to happen to reading.” Watch SUPER WHY with your kids every morning on KLRU at 9 a.m.
This series focuses on the adventures of four fairytale friends who transform into reading-powered superheroes: Alpha Pig with Alphabet Power, Wonder Red with Word Power, Princess Presto with Spelling Power, Super Why with the Power to Read and Super YOU with the Power to Help. Together, they are the “Super Readers!” The Super Readers jump into books (literally) to find answers to everyday preschool challenges and embark on exciting adventures, where they play interactive reading games to overcome obstacles and save the day. In every episode, young viewers dive directly into a pop-up story to experience a brightly-illustrated children’s tale brought to magical life.