The award-winning environmentally themed hit animated kids’ show MeteoHeroes premiered in North America on the 22nd of April with an Earth Day Special on PBS as result of a new partnership involving family entertainment maverick Kenn Viselman (Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine) and his itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (TibECo), along with the show’s co-producers. Now, Viselman is spearheading a MeteoHeroes-inspired climate education initiative, the largest of its kind, which will include in-school age-graded education for children 4-10 years old and onscreen education with online educational materials for children and their families and broad community outreach.
Kilburn Live, a global market leader in branded live family entertainment, and Rovio Entertainment Corporation, creators of the global phenomenon Angry Birds mobile gaming franchise, have announced plans for a new touring interactive theatrical production Angry Birds Live: The Slingshot Adventure!
PBS KIDS and Fred Rogers Productions has announced that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the #1 animated series for preschoolers on PBS KIDS and first series inspired by the groundbreaking Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will kick off its 10th anniversary year on September 3 with a marathon of “Top Ten Tiger Tales” on PBS KIDS. The special programming event was voted on by fans and will lead into the highly anticipated Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Season 6, featuring a week of all-new episodes, streaming free on PBS KIDS beginning September 5.
The Toy Association, the trade association advocating and working for the success of all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages, has announced that recognized toy safety expert Jos Huxley will join the organization as senior vice president of technical affairs, effective immediately.
Adding to its list of awards, including three-time TOTY finalist in 2019, 2020 and 2021, Fun In Motion Toys’ Shashibo has now been honored with STEAM accreditation by Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide, in partnership with The Toy Association.
PetSafe brand, a global leader in pet product solutions, has chosen the 30 finalist communities to compete for dog park funds in its popular Bark for Your Park grant contest. This year, PetSafe will award prizes totaling $125,000 to nine deserving communities.
TheSoul Publishing and BunMo have unveiled a line of toys from their multi-product deal. The products include 5-Minute Crafts and 123 GO! branded fidget, magnet and sensory toys which are available now on the BunMo Amazon store.
At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS KIDS announced the premiere date for Work it Out Wombats!, a new animated series for kids ages 3-6 produced by GBH Kids and Pipeline Studios, starring a playful trio of marsupial siblings—Malik, Zadie and Zeke—who live with their grandmother, Super, in their treehouse apartment complex. Work it Out Wombats! will introduce computational thinking concepts that will help young viewers solve meaningful problems, learn flexible thinking and how to express themselves—all while using the practices and processes at the core of computer science. The new series will debut on PBS KIDS February 6, 2023.
Kristen Bell is joining the PAW Patrol gang and welcoming in the next wave of “PAWrents”, as seen on her Instagram. For new parents, each age and stage comes with its own challenges and seeking the advice of seasoned professionals (a.k.a. other parents who have already been there) is a lifeline. Enter Kristen Bell, the hilarious, no-nonsense, tell it like it is mom-friend we all want to have. “Are your kids obsessed with PAW Patrol? Yes! Should parents be too? Yes!” said Bell. “Ryder and the pups are basically your secret co-parents, helping to teach your kids about teamwork and raising them to believe in themselves.”