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LPB's Summer of Adventure!

Nature CatLPB invites families to join us for a summer filled with Adventure! Summer is just around the corner and LPB is bringing kids more of their favorite shows all summer long!

Our adventure kicks off with a screening of NATURE CAT on Tuesday, June 27 at BREC’s Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge from 6:30-9:00pm.

Join us for activities for the kids, followed by a movie under the stars! Don't forget your blankets or chairs. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to take a picture with one of their favorite PBS characters, NATURE CAT!

To get tickets, click here.


Countdown to Summer

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Let PBS KIDS help you make plans for a summer of exploration and learning. Download our super summer checklist, bookmark and activity booklet, and check out our tips and ideas for a summer filled with fun learning! http://pbsparents.org/summer


Outdoor Summer Projects: Garden Math

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PBS Parents contributor Jennifer Cooper shares some ideas for garden math projects to keep learning going all summer long, whether you have a few pots sitting on a window sill or a great big garden in your backyard. Read more.


Explore Anywhere, Anytime with NATURE CAT’s Free App

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If you’ve got a smart phone or tablet you can download NATURE CAT’s Great Outdoors (free) and you’ll have a handy, on-the-go toolkit to inspire your child to explore nature. Every day Nature Cat has a new adventure that lets kids use tools to record and share their observations. Find out where to download it here.


Do you DIY?

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Looking for ideas you can use on a rainy or hot summer day when you can’t get outdoors? Your kids will have fun and experience nature with these Do It Yourself ideas from NATURE CAT.


Father’s Day Secret Message Cards

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Looking for a unique way to wish dad a happy Father’s Day? How about making him a super secret spy code card! Children practice their math, spelling, and writing to create a coded message for dad to decipher. It’s a totally cool and fun way to tell dad you love him! Learn how.


Father’s Day Craft: Goodie Bags

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These goodie bags are so easy to make and can be filled with treats, notes, or any other kind of fun surprise for Dad! Learn how.


Fabulous Fathers: Children’s Books for Father’s Day

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Dads are great. They fix broken toys, sing silly songs, and open our eyes to the wonders of the world around us. But most of all, they give us lots of love. Celebrate the fabulous fathers in your life with this selection of favorite books for kids ages 0-9.


Just for Kids: NATURE CAT

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On June 19 NATURE CAT and his pals go on an all new, aquatic adventure to save Hal’s favorite chew toy. Along the way, they learn that all waterways are interconnected and meet up with a new special friend named Nature Dog who helps them navigate the oceans. Tune in on 6/19/17 at 7 AM on LPB, and for the repeat at 2:00 PM LPB and 5:00 PM on LPBKIDS.


Programming Highlights

Here are some June programming highlights on LPB that you might be interested in:
Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday - In this all-new one-hour movie event on Monday, May 29th at 5:30 AM, D.W.'s fifth birthday doesn't go the way she'd always imagined it would and she decides to escape to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium -- but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years in the future! Also on LPBKIDS at 7 and 8 AM. Don't miss all NEW episodes all week.
Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief--Monday, May 29 at 9:30 AM & Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 AM. A cookie art museum has just opened on Sesame Street. Surrounded by beautiful cookie paintings, such as "Girl with the Cookie Earring" and the "Muncha Lisa," Cookie Monster and his friends feel as though they're in a whole new world. But when art suddenly starts to disappear, Cookie Monster quickly becomes a suspect. Can he clear his name? Will they find the missing art in time or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever?
Victorian Slum House--The 1860s,Tuesdays at 7 PM starting May 2. In this series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life. A group of 21st century people are moving in to experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor.
Nature--Dolphins: Spy in the Pod-Wednesday, May 3 at 7 PM. The camera eyes of 13 ingenious Spy Creatures, including Spy Dolphin, Spy Nautilus and Spy Turtle, capture the dolphins’ “superpod” behavior never filmed before. Infiltrate the social world of dolphins from strange gatherings to gang rivalries.
Blue Planet--Sundays at 10 AM starting May 7. More is known about the surface of the moon than the deep oceans on Earth, yet the sea constitutes two thirds of our planet. This award-winning series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, uses advances in underwater photography to open up new, hidden territories and previously unreached depths.
Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope--Sundays at 12:30 PM starting May 14. The Daytime Emmy®-winning travel series scales new heights of adventure, natural splendor and cultural richness. On Joseph's second visit to South Korea he discovers that apart from the many attractions of the capital city of Seoul, the countryside has many treasures. From world heritage temples to Olympic venues from historic towns to great food, he finds a world of surprises. And, of course, the greatest treasures of all are always the people and the warm-hearted welcome they offer.
King Charles III on Masterpiece--Sunday, May 14 at 8 PM. The hit Broadway show "King Charles III" is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.
American Epic: The Big Bang--Tuesdays at 8 PM starting May 16. Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett. In this episode, travel to Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable electronic recording system, creating the first R&B songs and modern country music.
National Memorial Day Concert--Sunday, May 28 at 7 PM (Encore at 9 PM). Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
PBS Previews: The Vietnam War--Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 PM. This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.


Celebrate Ocean Friends Forever Day with Splash and Bubbles!

ocean_friends_forever_960.png style=width:225px; float:left; padding:5px; Celebrate Ocean Friends Forever Day 2017 with Splash and Bubbles on June 8th!

Several children's museums across Louisiana will be hosting events that will give kids and families the opportunity to celebrate World Oceans Day. Check with each museum to find out what's happening!

The theme for World Oceans Day this year is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with the goal to encourage solutions to plastic pollution and prevent marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. "We all Live in One Big Ocean!"




Bayou Country Children's Museum in Thibodaux

Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans

The Children's Museum of Lake Charles

Children's Museum of Acadiana in Lafayette


I hope you and your families are able to enjoy some or all of these resources. I hope you enjoy your summer! Be safe!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen
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