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PBS KIDSpiration: July 2017

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

July 1, 2017

From activity books, apps and parenting tips to a one-ingredient treat that beats the heat, there is no shortage of summertime inspiration from PBS KIDS, PBS Parents and 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

7/7 — The Peg + Cat Mystery Hour
7/14  — Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood marathon
7/21 — Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea
7/28  — Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero’s Journey 

Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero’s Journey
Premieres Monday, July 24 at 7:30 a.m. on KCTS 9 (and streaming devices)

While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s breakthrough inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon — jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Wild Kratts track the incredible salmon run — a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend.


Turn your beach-combing treasures into art 
Art from shells or rock — a simple activity that’s perfect for slow summer days (and a great way to use those treasures found at the beach this summer).

“Flatt Kratts” printable
Take the Wild Kratt Brothers with you and share your summer adventures!

Make a banana swirl with Daniel Tiger
Feed your Daniel Tiger fan’s culinary curiosity with this cooking video from their favorite cartoon friends. (If you prefer a written recipe over the video, this one for one-ingredient ice cream made from bananas is as delicious as it is simple to make.

Find more fun with these reading charts, activity books and more.


We all scream for ice cream!

Don’t miss this roundup of some of the best spots for a frozen treat in Seattle. 

Thomas & Friends: Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017
Limited tickets still available! Hop aboard for a day of fun at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. 

Get your tickets now for KCTS 9 Kids Day at the Mariners!
We’re celebrating Wednesday, August 16 at Safeco Field with special guests Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat. 


5 apps to boost math skills over the summer
Prevent the “summer slide” with these top picks for apps from Common Sense Media. 

Ready, Set Grow with Abby and Elmo
Plant seeds and tend to a garden with Abby and Elmo! Available on the Sesame Street Site and in the PBS KIDS Games App now.

Design Squad — Feed the Fidgits 
Grow and harvest food for the fidgits by balancing an aquaponics system. Each level presents a new design challenge and crop to grow! Available on the Design Squad site and in the PBS KIDS Games App.

Arthur: D.W.’s Bug Ball
 Visit Ukubonga Island for D.W.’s birthday and play bug ball with her new monster friends! Available on the Arthur site and in the PBS KIDS Games App.      

Just for parents

On the air

Wild Alaska Live — Premieres Sunday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m. (also July 26 and July 30).

How do I teach my kids media literacy? Tips for helping kids navigate the media in the information — and disinformation — age.

10 ways tech can make life easier for new parents, including the best apps and tools to help simplify and streamline the details along your parenting journey.

Teachers share their top tips and ideas to activate young minds all summer long

For laughs
Rock by Lunarbaboon. 


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