Hey parents! Want to go on a dinosaur trip with your kids Monday, February 18?
While the kids are home from school Presidents' Day--which honors President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln--tune into an all-new special of The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train, “Submarine Adventure” on PBS. The show airs at 9:00 a.m. on both WVIZ in Cleveland and Western Reserve Public Media in Kent.
The Pteranodon family will go underwater in a “Submarine Adventure,” highlighting four new stories about sea creatures that lived during the “Age of Dinosaurs.”
During the one-hour show, your preschooler will meet friends along the way in these episodes:
- Otto Ophthalmosaurus
- Shoshana Shonisaurus
- Maisie Mosasaurus
- A Sea Turtle Tale
PBS provided me an advance copy of the show and I watched it with my nine and six-year old sons. They were quite entertained, especially the six-year old.
For older grade-schoolers, who may not necessarily be into the show’s characters, they can still gain a great deal of knowledge about science and adventure.
“PBS KIDS strives to use media to light a spark – a thirst for learning that will empower kids to actively pursue their interests long after the screen is turned off,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager for Children’s Programming/PBS.
Dinosaur Train caught my attention from the day it first aired in 2009. It's filled with substance, not to mention its catchy tune, also is a winner. Here's a sample:
Once upon a time, there was a mom. Her name was Mrs. Pteranodon. Sitting on her nest, she heard a scratch'n. She said, "Oh Boy! My eggs are hatching!"
Watching the new episode with my sons, I enjoyed many things, but what really intrigues me as an adult-big kid, is when Dr. Scott, the paleontologist, explains the episode after each show. For example, in the “A Sea Turtle Tale,” where the baby Archelons are featured, Dr. Scott explains the resemblance of the animated character to a real sea turtle. It allows children and adults to put the animation into perspective.
There are many teachable moments in all of the episodes. A dinosaur might help another get over the fear of diving deep. In another segment, one dinosaur might show the other how they hunt and catch fish to eat.
Both full episodes and clips from "Submarine Adventure" will be available on the PBS KIDS Video Player at PBSKIDS.org/video and on the PBS KIDS Video App beginning February 19.
Check out these other ways to connect with Dinosaur Train:
- View the special’s trailer on YouTube: http://youtu.be/2XcDhownuWg
- Take a fun DINOSAUR TRAIN Facebook quiz and test your dino knowledge: to.pbs.org/DinoTrainSub
There also are several games on the PBS Dinosaur Train website.