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PBS KIDSpiration: May, 2017

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

May 1, 2017

Got kids? We’ve rounded up some our favorite programs, crafts and family fun happening this May — we’re road-tripping with the Tiger family, making treats in honor of mom and gearing up for summer.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Try recipes from PBS Food, including this sweet, savory and super-colorful Strawberry Mango Salsa. Break out the kid-safe knives and have the kids help chop and mix.

Family Night on KCTS 9 PBS KIDS (24/7 channel)

Family Night on KCTS 9 PBS KIDS has joined our list of favorite things to do as a family on Friday evenings (besides a game of Candy Land, Twister or impromptu dance parties).

Here’s the lineup for May (Fridays at 7:00 p.m.):

  • May 5: Splash and Bubbles: One Big Ocean
  • May 12: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip
  • May 19: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space!
  • May 26:  Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip

Premieres Monday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. on KCTS 9.

A special one-hour event follows the Tiger Family on their adventure to see Grandpere Tiger. At first, Daniel doesn’t know what to expect on the ride, but with a helpful map from Mom Tiger, Daniel learns that there are so many exciting things to do and see when you’re on a trip with your family.

  • Our review: this show is perfect to watch if you are gearing up for travel with the kids. It covers familiar family bumps in the road and offers up songs to help get over them.

  • Fun activity to do with the show: have the kids make a “map to Grandpere’s house” and then test their memory. “When does Daniel Tiger loses his picture for Grandpere Tiger?”

Sesame Street: A Very Cookie Mother’s Day

Monday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. on KCTS 9.

Cookie Monster wants to give his mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but first he needs to learn how to control himself from eating it.

Hedgehog Cookies for Mom? Yes, please! So cute and so sweet — I’ll take some of these!

Planning a road trip? Make it the best ever!

When the open road beckons, our family stocks the car with plenty of yummy snacks, special treats and supplies to handle everything from potty-accidents, motion sickness and random pit stops.

Here are a few of our favorite diversions to battle the stir-crazy:

Celebrating mom: Mother’s Day ideas

I bet most mom’s will agree — if we get a day off from chores, a special meal prepared by our loved ones or a simple dandelion flower bouquet – Mother’s Day will be A-okay. If you’re in need of ideas for celebrating mom, here are a few inspired ideas.

Just for parents: A Celebration of Food!

This month, American Masters profiles four iconic chefs who have changed the way we think about food and cooking.

  • James Beard and Julia Child — Friday, May 19 at 9:00 p.m.
  • Jacques Pépin and Alice Waters — Friday, May 26 at 9:00 p.m.

Food: Fresh and foraged

From farm to grill to fork — check out a local farmers’ market or u-pick farm with the kids and prepare a simple dinner withyour foraged finds! 

Visit a farmers market or u-pick farm near you. 

More family-viewing: Watch The National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 28, at 8:00 p.m. on KCTS 9.

It’s a star-studded musical event with plenty of red, white and blue. Learn more about this long-standing patriotic tradition. 


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