Saturday, January 31, 2015

PBS Kids Makes Big Announcements

Cookie Monster gets a taste of a mini Cookie cupcake at TCA.
PBS Kids made a bunch of big, exciting announcements last week at TCA, aka the Television Critics Association Press Tour, in Pasadena.

And, in addition to checking out their upcoming programming schedule (which is really cool -- more on that later!), I also got to hang out for a bit with Cookie Monster. So adorable!

And speaking of Cookie Monster, PBS Kids and "Sesame Street" will air its first special centered on the furry blue cookie lover. In "The Cookie Thief," a one-hour episode airing on February 16, the Sesame Street residents are excited that a new cookie art museum has opened in the neighborhood. But when the art suddenly starts to disappear, guess who the main suspect is? Yes, Cookie Monster! Will the crew find the missing art in time, or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever?

"The Cookie Thief" will touch on concepts of self-regulation and impulse control, but in a fun way. And let's just say that this parent could learn a little something about that, especially when it comes to donuts!

Actress/mom Rachel Dratch, of "Saturday Night Live" fame, will also star.

"The Cookie Thief"
You can check out the preview and other fun stuff on PBS Kids' new YouTube channel

Also, this fall, PBS Kids will premiere a new series called "Nature Cat," an animated show that will teach kids about, well, nature. Designed for children ages 3-8, the show follows a house cat named Fred, who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. The series will encourage kids to make connections with the natural world.

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