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A Happy, Healthy New Year from LPB and PBS KIDS

Making New Year’s Resolutions a Family Activity

The new year is a great time to revive an old exercise routine or switch to healthier lifestyle. And not only parents benefit from New Year’s resolutions — our children can also learn a lot about self-discipline and the value of making goals. Here are some tips on how to help your kids make resolutions this year. Read more.

Bring the Snow Inside with Winter Crafts

Make a magical winter wonderland terrarium while talking with your kids about the weather. What kinds of things belong in a winter wonderland terrarium? Find the instructions here. Then, make your own DIY Ice paint using just two ingredients and watch as “ice” crystals form before your eyes! Learn how.

 From the Expert: How to Teach Children About Cultural Awareness and Diversity

As a parent, you know that children tend to ask the most challenging questions at the most inconvenient times. Take these opportunities to help your child understand and respect differences and similarities among those in your community. PBS Parents contributor Christy Tirrell-Corbin offers tips to spark your children’s curiosity about who they (and others) are in their world. Read 

 An Easy Winter Warmer After the Holiday

The holiday rush is over and leftovers are crowding your refrigerator. Why not use those leftovers in a flavorful, winter soup? PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers has a family-friendly Ham and Sweet Potato soup recipe that’s sure to warm and comfort. Find it here.

Books for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and civil rights work of Dr. King. In 1994, the holiday was officially recognized as a National Day of Service where volunteers across the country work together to make a difference in their communities. We’ve put together a list of children’s books about Dr. King, fiction and nonfiction books about ordinary people who stand up for what’s right, and stories about helping others and giving back. Browse the selection.

Craft a Peace Dove Garland with Your Child

Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968 for his nonviolent campaign against racism. Create a peace dove garland with your child and use this project to talk about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work for peace. Learn how.

Just For Kids: ODD SQUAD: World Turned Odd

When Oona, Olympia, and Otis accidentally change the past, they undo every odd case Odd Squad has ever solved! The agents embark on a mission across time to set things right. The one-hour special will include a special sneak peek of PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC in advance of the new series premiere on February 19. Watch it on January 15th at 3:30 p.m on LPB and at 7 p.m. on LPBKIDS. For additional airings check the online schedule and search for World Turned Odd. Your kids can also become an agent and join the Odd Squad online anytime.

Just For You: VICTORIA, Season 2 on MASTERPIECE

Season 2 finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter. Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc. A royal state visit to France also is in the offing. Premieres January 14, 2018 at 8 PM on LPB. Get a first look.

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE, sneak Peak on Tuesday, January 2 at 1:30PM, watch Sundays at 12:30PM starting January 14 -- This series delivers decidedly refreshing and enriching travel experiences by taking us on a discovery of the emotional heart of travel and highlighting the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination. Samantha seeks out the little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disrupters are creating a brand new travel experience. Whether it's through food and drink, art and design, culture or adventure, we will have a well-curated list of new experiences that focus on not just how to visit a destination, but how to fully immerse in it.

INDEPENDENT LENS: I Am Not Your Negro, Monday, January 15 at 8PM -- This program envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

LORRAINE HANSBERRY: AMERICAN MASTERS, Friday, January 19 at 9PM -- Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrates. Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Lorraine Hansberry.

WE'LL MEET AGAIN, Tuesdays at 7PM beginning January 23 -- Join Ann Curry for a new series featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds.

QUEEN ELIZABETH'S SECRET AGENTS, Sundays at 9PM starting January 28 -- Uncover the secret state that helped keep Queen Elizabeth I in power for more than 40 years. During a time when Britain was divided, unstable and violent, the world’s first secret service, run by father-son team William and Robert Cecil, was born.

CASTLES IN THE SKY, Monday, January 29 at 9PM -- A funny, moving, and inspiring factual drama about the pioneering work on radar by a little known team of scientists in the run up to World War II. Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated for the first time that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio waves off them. It was this invention - more than any other - that saved the RAF in the 1940 Battle of Britain. Follow those early years as Robert Watson-Watt and his team of scientists worked tirelessly to see their invention taken seriously, from the highs and lows, to the battles for funding and the political wrangling, before getting a final taste of victory.

ANIMALS WITH CAMERAS, A NATURE MINISERIES, Wednesdays at 7PM starting January 31 -- Witness the secret lives of animals as never before, as this three-part series uncovers truly unprecedented behavior. See a side of the animal kingdom where human cameramen can’t go when animals become the cinematographers.

LPB hopes to offer you and your children some exciting programs and events this year! Be on the lookout!

Take care,
Nancy Tooraen