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PBS KIDSpiration: April, 2017

Got kids? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite programs, crafts and family fun happening this April.

March 31, 2017

Big news! KCTS 9 is launching a 24/7 PBS KIDS channel on April 1!

It’s free and filled with programs that we know and love — from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street to WordWorld. Besides TV, it will stream online at and on our favorite devices via the PBS KIDS video app.

Kicking off April 21 on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m., gather around the screen for PBS KIDS Family Night — featuring film favorites like Odd Squad: The Movie (April 21) and Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time (April 28). Click here for the full schedule and to find out how to access the channel in your area. 

Meet Sesame Street’s new friend, Julia


She’s a curious and sweet 4-year-old Muppet with autism and she joins the Sesame Street neighborhood Monday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. on KCTS 9. She was first featured in Sesame Workshop’s initiative Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children that includes resources about autism, including a storybook, daily routine cards and videos for parents and kids. Now families can relate to Julia as part of the regular cast of characters on Sesame Street

Read the full story and watch the video below to learn more about how Julia’s character was created with help of autism experts, including a local professor at the University of Washington.

And don’t miss all-new outdoor adventure episodes of Wild Kratts (7:00 a.m.) and Nature Cat (8:00 a.m.), premiering the week of April 10 on KCTS 9. Explore activities, games, apps and more at

Get outside!  


After such a dreary winter here in the Pacific Northwest, our family has been scrambling to get outside and enjoy a little spring-filled sunshine. Gardening with the kids is a relatively new adventure for us, so we’re planning on taking a free class from Saving Water Partnership for inspiration. For now, we’ve started a few seeds in recycled yogurt cups and even tried a veggie scrap garden — both fun activities to teach the kids about taking care of our planet. After all, kids love any excuse to dig in the dirt!

Get inspired

Make learning fun with free Apps from PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS ScratchJr: Kids create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters with this creative coding app for kids ages 5–8. Our review: my almost five-year old picked up the basic concepts pretty easily.

Daniel Tiger for Parents: It’s literally like having songs, tips and videos from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in your back pocket for those important social-emotional skills. Our review: Daniel Tiger at the push of a button? Amazing.

Just for parents

• Watch: a new season of Call the Midwife premieres Sunday, April 2, at 8:00 p.m.
• Read: “The Talk: Should I Tell My Son He's Muslim?” from IN Close.
• Read: “What We Can Still Learn From Fred Rogers as Adults” from Next Avenue.
• Laugh: “Irony” by Fowl Language Comics.
• Free: See one of our local museums from




Shaylan Frazee-McClellan

Shaylan has worked in public media for over a decade. She finds joy in exploring the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of her two small children. She has a passion for children's media, cooking, photography and writing about her adventures. Follow her on Twitter @shaylanfrazee. More stories by Shaylan Frazee-McClellan

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Great info with ideas and links for the whole family!