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Raise the Reef with LPB and PBS KIDS!

Already Miss the Beach? 

Continue exploring the ocean with your kids and take the SPLASH AND BUBBLES Reeftown Rangers pledge! Kids can discover all kinds of “citizens of the sea” and learn how to care for our one big ocean we all share. 

 Explore: How Do Jellyfish Float to the Surface?

Put your old plastic bags to use with this fun jellyfish craft for kids. Kids can create their own jellyfish to learn about the relationship of water and the movement of the jellyfish. Ask them questions about why the jellyfish always floats up to the water surface and discuss the differences between a real jellyfish and the one in the bottle.

 Just For Kids: All New SPLASH AND BUBBLES

Dive in to a special week of underwater adventures with Splash, Bubbles, and their Reeftown friends as they learn amazing discoveries in their own backyard. New episodes on 9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28 at 9:30 a.m. on LPB.

Clubhouse Clash/Raise The Reef :Splash and friends are playing in their clubhouse when Jerome and the fusiliers show up, claiming that the ship is actually their clubhouse. The two groups must then figure out who can use the clubhouse once and for all. / Being the newest member of Reeftown, Splash discovers the majority of things around him on the reef are actually living creatures. Some corals, some spongy things, some creatures he had no idea about, but no matter what their size, color or shape, he finds out that each have their own unique voice to be heard!

Stormy Waters/Scoot On Over!: When a big storm passes over Reeftown, the friends experience rain and stormy conditions. They learn they don't need to be afraid, but it's good to stay close to home in a storm and take shelter. / The kids' old friend Scoot, a juvenile sea turtle, stops by the reef to see Splash and the gang. While there, he explains that he is getting older and wants to scout for some potential places to settle, so the kids show him everything that Reeftown has to offer!

Puffy/The Big Shake: Dunk meets Puffy, a female pufferfish who admires his sand patterns, and becomes friends with her. When he starts spending all his time with just Puffy and not with the group, the gang teaches Dunk that it's good to make new friends, but keep the old ones as well. / When Splash experiences his first earthquake on the reef, Bubbles and Dunk decide to go on a quest to find out what causes "the big shake" and help put their friend's mind at ease.

Smell of Fear/A New Spin: When Splash and his friends are playing "surprise fish," they accidentally release a "fear smell alarm," which spreads from fish to fish and causes Mayor Sting to call for everyone to be "reef ready!" / The Reeftown Rangers help Dorsal locate his old friend Spin, another spinner dolphin who he hasn't seen since he was young. They recognize each other with their unique whistle names and are happy to be reunited after many years.

For the Family: Encourage Water Conservation

This simple activity will show your kids how the water cycle works and allow them to watch, in real time, how water from oceans, lakes and streams help to keep our planet lush, our animals and us healthy, and the ground fertile for growing food and flowers! Discuss with your family all the ways you can help conserve water.

 National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with our favorite math hero Peg and her very best friend Cat. PEG + CAT kicks of Hispanic Heritage Month with an all-new episode, “The Mariachi Problem,” featuring traditional Mexican music. Cat hires a 7-piece Mariachi band to serenade his true love, Rosana. Skills your child will learn - above, below, in front of, behind, and counting to 9. Premieres 9/15 at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LPB and 2 p.m. on LPBKIDS.

 For You: Helping Your Child With Back-to-School Anxiety

September can be a tricky month. Even if kids have been back at school for a few weeks, anxieties can persist or suddenly surface. PBS Parents has a short articlewith tips you can use to help address your child through their anxious moments.


On September 17, tune in to LPB at 7 p.m. for THE VIETNAM WAR, a 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War, one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Join us for a special screening of “The Vietnam War” in Baton Rouge on September 10 or Pineville on September 12. Click here for information.

When Something Scary Happens!

Resources to Help Families Cope in Emergencies and Other Challenging Times. Click HERE! We hope all of our families stay safe during this hurricane season!

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017 - 9/1 at 10:30 PM on LPB after you get the kids to bed, Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual open-air concert from Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Featured are guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renée Fleming as special guest soloist.

UNDERWATER FOREST - 9/3 at 4 PM on LPB, Drop below the waves of the Gulf of Mexico and back in time to an ancient cypress forest discovered 10 fathoms down on the seafloor. The prehistoric trees of The Underwater Forest date to an ice age 60, 000 years ago, when sea levels were hundreds of feet lower. Dive in with the first scientists and camera crew to ever visit the site and take a fascinating journey through the eons.

TYRUS WONG: AMERICAN MASTERS - 9/8 at 9 PM on LPB, Discover the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese-American painter behind Bambi and Rebel Without a Cause, via new and never-before-seen interviews, movie clips and art. Wong once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse.

MARTIN LUTHER: THE IDEA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD - 9/12 at 7 PM on LPB,This program chronicles the real life story of the seismic upheaval that rocked the western world in the early 1500s. Against all odds, a lonely outcast stood up to the world’s dominant superpower—the Catholic Church—and won. It was a battle of ideas that formed Western society as we know it today, sparking the rise of individualism, universal education, religious freedom and new roles for church and state. Narrated by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), this highly-visual docudrama uses full-scale dramatizations to tell a great adventure story. With treacherous intrigue, outsized personalities and famous showdowns, it does not shy away from the darker side of Martin Luther’s story.

NOVA: Death Dive to Saturn - 9/13 at 8 PM on LPB, For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn’s breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA on a suspenseful ride during Cassini’s final hours as it dives into Saturn’s atmosphere.

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET - Saturdays at 1:30 PM starting September 23 on LPB, Chris and his test cooks search the world over looking for the best recipes, and finding home cooks who can teach better ways to prepare a meal at home. Chris also shares tips and techniques designed to make home cooking easier, like how to make foolproof egg whites and how to season a carbon steel pan. Chris also travels overseas to cook with several internationally renowned chefs and authors. Back in the kitchen, Chris transforms what the crew has learned into practical, simple recipes for home cooks everywhere.

I hope you're able to enjoy some of these resources as you settle into school routines. LPB hopes you and your family have had a great start to a new school year!

Take care,
Nancy Tooraen