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PBS KIDSpiration: August 2017

Got kids? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite programs and ideas for family fun happening this August.

August 1, 2017

There’s nothing like summertime in the Pacific Northwest! This month, we’re stargazing, eclipse-watching, making camp-inspired treats, high-fiving Daniel Tiger at the ballpark and so much more.



Tune into the KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7 channel or stream it online for educational PBS KIDS content all day, every day! See the schedule here

Friday Family Night (at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) on KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7 — watch on the air and online!

8/4 —  Splash and Bubbles marathon
8/11 — Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion
8/18 — Ready Jet Go!: Back to Bortron 7
8/25 — Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Meet the New Baby 

Ready Jet Go!: Back to Borton 7 
Premieres Monday, August 14 at 7:00 a.m. on KCTS 9

Excelsior! When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7! 

Watch a preview: 

More: Space explorer app, games and activity sheets.


S’Mores Cookie Bars

S’more please! All the goodness of a camping-inspired favorite in a simple-to-make cookie bar!  

Try these out-of-this-world crafts! 

Credit: Rachel Nipper of “I Heart Crafty Things”
Blast off to outer space with solar system-inspired art or a DIY recycling bin rocket.


Photo credit: Shaylan Frazee-McClellan

She’s an icon of the Pacific Northwest — looming in the distance — towering 14,410 feet above sea level but relatively young for a volcano at 500,000 years.

On a sunny day, she appears almost smiling and we say “The Mountain is out.” This year, we checked off a lifelong bucket list item and stayed in Mount Rainier National Park. We hiked snow-covered trails filled with meadows of alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and the occasional grazing bear and deer. It was the perfect opportunity to get outside and reconnect with nature.

During our stay, we were reminded to carry The 10 Essentials when hiking and learned about the important principles of Leave No Trace. If we go next year, we’ll be sure to catch an astronomy program.

More on family-friendly hiking at Mount Rainier plus a granola recipe for a great snack on the trail.

Meteor showers, stargazing and an eclipse! 

Check out the procrastinator’s guide for where to see the eclipse in the city (Aug. 21), best places to see the Perseid meteor showers (now through Aug. 24) and even more night-sky awesomeness: Summer Stargazing for Families Around Puget Sound.

KCTS 9 Kids Day at the Mariners!

Hang out with Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Safeco Field. 


Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer app

Incorporating expert curriculum backed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, kids are encouraged to not only learn about space, but visualize planets, stars and constellations in the context of the world around them.

Sesame Street — Sesame Monster Music

Jam out and play instruments with your favorite Sesame Street friends! Available on the Sesame Street website and in the free PBS KIDS Games App.

Odd Squad Sector 21 

Help Agent Olympia and Ocean navigate the mysterious Sector 21 and discover odd creatures! Available on the Odd Squad site and in the free PBS KIDS Games App

Super Why! Power to Read App
Super Why Power to Read has a brand new look and now features 50 percent more content to keep your Super Reader reading, spelling, and rhyming.

Just for parents

On the air

NOVA: Eclipse Over America

Monday, Aug. 21 at 9:00 p.m.

Airing just hours after the eclipse, witness scientists and citizens alike as they observed the first total solar eclipse to traverse the U.S. mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

Diana — Her Story
Premieres Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Twenty years after the death of “The People’s Princess,” some of Diana’s family members and closest confidants share stories and reflect on her remarkable life.


Emergency preparedness resources from Sesame Street in Communities
printables, videos, articles and workshops. 


Blended: What Two Boys Learned About Hunger at Food Lifeline

58 Free or Cheap Summer Activities for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

How to Raise an Optimistic Human in a Pessimistic World

For laughs

Sesame Street made an ‘80s music mashup and it’s adorably awesome
The beloved kids’ show took on “Come On Eileen,” “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and more.

An Open Apology Letter to Amazon’s Alexa
“Is it possible to startle a robot? I think we did.” 


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