Free PBS KIDS open house TODAY from 2-4:30 pm at Illinois Public Media.
Steve Roslonek, who is PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve, blends participatory songs with clever stories to hold kids in rapt attention and create a fun experience at his concerts and shows. Kids know the recording artist from the songs he performs between children’s programs on PBS.
Families have two opportunities to see Mr. Steve in October. He’s coming to Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium for SteveSongs concert performances at 5 pm and 7 pm Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. To buy tickets, visit www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium or call 217-206-6160.
Then from 2-4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, Mr. Steve will join us at Illinois Public Media’s Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., in Urbana, for three brief performances as part of a FREE PBS KIDS Open House. No reservations are needed, but performance seating is limited. Call 800-898-1065 during business hours to find out how to reserve seats. Parking will be available in University of Illinois lot B-22 on Clark Street just east of Goodwin Avenue and across the street from Campbell Hall.
Learning activities at both events
Kids can explore the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure traveling exhibit outside Sangamon Auditorium from 4-7 pm on Friday, Oct. 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be outside Campbell Hall during the open house on Saturday, Oct. 12. The exhibit has touch screen kiosks with interactive learning activities, a staffed craft area, a giveaway table with activity books and learning kits, and a What I Want to Be When I Grow Up photo station at which children dress up as different professionals, such as an astronaut, firefighter, ballet dancer, scientist or doctor. Children can then have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background and receive a souvenir photo.
3:30 pm Aug. 5-9 on WILL-TV: Five new episodes with fifth grader Becky Botsford (and her alter-ego WordGirl) facing some of her toughest challenges yet.
WordGirl will premieres a sixth season of all-new episodes with 'What’s Up With WordGirl Week' featuring five new episodes Aug. 4-9 at 3:30 pm on WILl-TV.
The sixth season of WordGirl will find fifth grader Becky Botsford (and her alter-ego WordGirl) facing some of her toughest challenges yet, against the series' most popular villains. The definition dynamo will be tricked by Mr. Birg (a Mr. Big doppelganger) and will combat Seymour Smooth – more than once! – as he tries to commit crime through game play. Audiences also will see Victoria Best mistaken for WordGirl - until the real WordGirl is able to prove Victoria has been fibbing, and WordGirl must battle Dr. Two Brains to save the world from being hit by a giant cheese asteroid.
Returning voice talent for the sixth season includes Dannah Phirman ("MadTV") as WordGirl, Chris Parnell ("30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live") as the Narrator, Maria Bamford ("Louie," "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil") as Mrs. Botsford, Ryan Raddatz as Mr. Botsford and Scoops, James Adomian ("Last Comic Standing") as Mr. Birg, Daran Norris ("The Fairly OddParents," "Big Time Rush") as Seymour Smooth, Kristen Schaal ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "30 Rock") as Victoria Best, Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob Squarepants") as Dr. Two Brains, TJ and Beau Handsome, John C. McGinley ("Scrubs," "Burn Notice") as Whammer, Patton Oswalt ("Justified," "Two and a Half Men") as Tobey, and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") as Mr. Big, among others. Jane Lynch ("Glee") guest stars as Miss Power in 'The Rise of Miss Power'special, originally broadcast in 2012, which will air in Season 6 over the course of two episodes.WordGirl has received ten Emmy® nominations, including two in 2013 to be awarded later this month, and two Emmy® Award wins for 'Outstanding Writing in Animation' in 2008 and 2012. The show has won three Gracie awards, three Telly Awards, a Television Critics Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Animation’, a KidScreen Award for Best Voice Talent, and an iParenting Media Award.
The following episodes will premiere during ‘What’s Up With WordGirl Week’ with additional new episodes scheduled to premiere throughout the year:
Monday, August 5, 2013 – Episode 603
WHO WANTS TO GET RID OF WORDGIRL?
Seymour Smooth has brought some of WordGirl's biggest villain enemies together to play a game of “Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?” Will his strategy of using them to ultimately defeat WordGirl work, or will he find himself outsmarted? Vocabulary Words: Strategy, Giddy
THE TALENTED MR. BIRG
Scoops writes an article about all the times WordGirl has been tricked and captured by villains, and she sets out to prove him wrong. When someone who looks just like Mr. Big claims to be a Mr. Birg, WordGirl is convinced he's lying and refuses to be tricked again. Mr. Birg proves to be telling the truth. Is Mr. Big behind this, or will WordGirl look foolish in front of her fans? Vocabulary Words: Employee, Doppelganger
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 – Episode 604
ONE LAST SANDWICH
While Becky and her mom set out to build a new bookcase big enough to hold all of Becky's books, The Whammer convinces Chuck to commit one last crime with him before he retires, trying to pull off the ultimate sandwich heist. Vocabulary Words: Final, Pacify
CAPER OR PLASTIC
While Becky is busy thinking about what she wants to be when she grows up, Hal Hardbargain is busy trying to get WordGirl to help him get his bag blaster back from the infamous and mysterious Masked Bagger. What is the Masked Bagger's true identity? Vocabulary Words: Muffled, Flashback
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – Episode 605
TELL HER WHAT SHE’S WON
A jealous Seymour Smooth has kidnapped Beau Handsome, the host of everyone's favorite game show, "May I Have a Word?" When he starts stealing money from innocent contestants, WordGirl makes an appearance. Will she be able to rescue Beau and come up with a game plan to put Seymour back where he belongs—behind bars? Vocabulary Words: Bombard, Emcee
VICTORIA IS THE BEST...WORDGIRL?
Scoops snaps a picture of Victoria Best, who suspiciously appears after WordGirl has disappeared, and he believes he has finally figured out who the real WordGirl is! Victoria is thrilled to be called WordGirl, and the real WordGirl must prove that Victoria is fibbing without giving away her actual secret identity. Vocabulary Words: Fib, Mistaken
Thursday, August 8, 2013 – Episode 606
Chuck has won the prestigious "Sandwich of the Year" competition, but his story in the Big City Times is overshadowed by the new High Five Sandwich trend that Becky, Scoops and Violet came up with. Chuck goes out to seek revenge and won't stop until he finds out who is responsible for the new, trendy "sandwich." Vocabulary Words: Trendy(y), Eager
THE ROBOT PROBLEM
Becky's class is learning about using potatoes to generate electricity, and Tobey gets the brilliant idea to try to fuel robots with potatoes! The Coach steals Tobey’s idea, and WordGirl and Tobey must work as a team to defeat the evil potato-fueled robots and save the city! Vocabulary Words: Fuel, Cackle
Friday, August 9, 2013 – Episode 607
OF TWO MINDS
It looks as though Dr. Two Brains has given up his cheese-stealing ways and decided to go straight. It's true, he's not stealing cheese anymore. He discovered a giant cheese asteroid and has used his cheese seizer to redirect its path straight towards Earth! Can WordGirl convince him to change his mind in time to save Earth from being covered in cheese? Vocabulary Words: Waver, Vast
Captain Huggy Face becomes Mr. Big’s new assistant when Leslie resigns, and Mr. Big uses mind control to make sure Huggy obeys his every order. When WordGirl sees that Huggy is on Mr. Big's team, she can't help but feel betrayed. So WordGirl teams up with Leslie, to get her old sidekick back. Vocabulary Words: Trance, Resign
7:30 am and 2:30 pm July 22-26 on WILL-TV: Five days of splishing, splashing fun!
Monday, July 22: Dive Swim Scoop – There's a frog in Nick and Sally's pool! They have to get him out but can't catch him. Cat's good friend Penny the Pelican can teach them how to catch things in water! Along the way they meet a gannett who shows them how he dives deep into the water to catch his food and a cormorant that zigs and zags through the water to catch hers. But that won't help them catch the frog in their shallow pool. They finally find Penny and watch how she scoops with her big bill, like a net! Now Nick and Sally know how they can rescue the frog in their pool.
Tuesday, July 23: Fun in the Sun – Phew it's hot! Too hot to play outside. Not according to The Cat! His friend Hilda the Hippo knows all about having fun in the sun. A visit to Muddymoo River teaches them that hippos make their very own sunscreen to protect them from the hot sun. Now that they all have their sunscreen on, it's time for some fun in the sun!
Wednesday, July 24: Manatees and Mermaids – Sally and Nick are pretending to swim, but why not go for a real swim asks the Cat! Off to the Glippydrippy Gulf to meet Matilda the Manatee and her son Marlin. Matilda and Marlon teach their guests how to swim slowly and gracefully. Until they hear the sound of a boat motor! Those can be dangerous for manatees, but luckily the Cat, Nick and Sally help their new friends to stay safe. And when they get back home, Nick and Sally will be sure to tell everyone to "Slow down for manatees!"
Thursday, July 25: How Cool is Coral – The Cat needs help! He needs to get his fish friend Ting Tang Tony back to his family. Off to Scoobamareen they go! Tony and Cat got distracted while he was drawing pictures of the beautiful coral that's all around them. Using Cat's drawings as a map, they swim to get Tony back home. Along the way they meet little polyps that live in the coral and learn that they actually helped to make it! They learn about how long it takes to make and how delicate it is. Luckily they soon find Tony's family and they're reunited. Back home Nick and Sally make their own coral drawings, cause you never know when the Cat might need help again!
Friday, July 26: Water Walkers – Nick and Sally are waiting for Mom to come back so they can play in the pool. Cat suggests that playing on water is even more fun! But how? A trip to Splishy Splashy Pond to meet Walker the water strider will show them. Walker shows how he's able to stay on top of the water with the help of air bubbles as he journeys to the other side of the pond. Back at home, Sally and Nick are ready travel to the other side of the pool!
It's puppy mania when America's favorite talking dog returns for a week of brand-new, pawsitively adorable, tail-wagging fun beginning Monday at 6:30 am on WILL-TV. Kicking off the week with "Puppy Skits," we learn that innocent, easy-going Skits may, in fact, have been a time-traveling puppy! Then on Tuesday in "The Puppy Tooth Fairy," Martha and Skits are determined to bring treats to all the Wagstaff City puppies, as they become Puppy Tooth Fairies! On Wednesday in "The Puppy Show," Martha and the gang try to come up with the perfect pitch for a new puppy TV show. And in Thursday's "Martha's Puppy," Martha thinks it's a great idea to train baby Jake to become her new puppy.
Puppy week ends Friday with the classic two-parter "Martha's Life in Crime," where Martha tells the story of her puppy days. Kids can tune in for the premiere of Martha Speaks fifth season and learn new words such as paleontologist, fossil, exhibit and more.
"We think puppies are the perfect vehicle to teach kids new vocabulary. Words like destroy, mess, ruin, exhausted, and anticipation all spring naturally from stories about puppies and we know they'll be memorable to kids," says senior executive producer Carol Greenwald. "And who doesn't love puppies?"