Kids & Family
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as "Giving Tuesday." Volunteering is a great way to teach your kids how to give the all important gift of time. You can make a major time commitment, like organizing a food drive for your local food pantry, or something small such as dona
Families can kick off the holiday season on November 27 at with the return of the PBS Kids blockbuster hit The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
Are you struggling to help your kids (and maybe yourself!) take a moment this Thanksgiving season to show gratitude? In the rush between Halloween and Christmas, it can be hard to sit down and talk about the many things we all have to be thankful for. PBS Parents has some simple ideas for crea
The school year is well underway, and many students are facing homework for the first time in their school careers. PBS parents shares ways to help your child with homework without a struggle. Important points include not doing the work for your child, not hovering (but staying nearby), and le
PBS KIDS premieres new episodes of Martha Speaks, featuring special guest star Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live, starting Monday, November 11 at Noon on WPT.
From all of us at Wisconsin Public Television, have a safe and happy Halloween!
Trick or treating rained out? Check out lots of fun Halloween activities at pbskids.org!
Does your family carve pumpkins for Halloween? Check out these adorable templates from PBS featuring some favorite PBS Kids characters!
This week, librarians from across Wisconsin gathered in Green Bay for the Wisconsin Library Association conference. Libraries are constantly updating and refreshing their services, and today they are so much more than just books.
Halloween is coming, and all the little ghosts and goblins are getting excited to trick or treat, show off their costumes, and decorate for the season! Here are some great tips for celebrating safely.
Wisconsin Public Television wants kids to engage with our children's programming, and you can help them do that by using the Learning Triangle.
The recent PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial has many people across Wisconsin and the United States concerned about keeping kids safe as they participate in sports.
Last week's warm weather may not have seemed very autumnal, but Fall is definitely here! Share some fun Fall crafts with your kids, courtesy of PBS Parents!
PBS KIDS’ newest animated preschool series PEG + CAT is coming to WPT next week!
On September 28, as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, Wisconsin Public Television presented a workshop called, "The Preschool Genius: Teaching Math & Science to Early Learners." Presenters Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president of e
Making the right food choices for your family can sometimes seem overwhelming and expensive. Watching for sales, clipping coupons, going to different stores for different items...
As parents and caregivers, we do our best to raise healthy and fit children. Some of us follow specific guidelines. Some of us make it happen in a casual way. No matter which group you fall into, there’s something else that can help our kids get the message: a book.
Grocery shopping with kids in tow is not always a fun experience, but it is often unavoidable. The grocery store offers a wealth of learning opportunities that keep kids engaged and learning while helping avoid boredom meltdowns!
Season 44 of Sesame Street premieres on WPT on Tuesday, September 17 at 8:00am! This season continues the show’s long tradition of tackling current issues that are relevant to preschoolers and school readiness.
Packing a healthy lunch that your kids will actually eat can be a challenge- Especially when you have to do it day after day throughout the year. PBS parents has some great ideas to shake things up and add some new and interesting options to your child's lunchbox! Try a sandwich-free lunch, wi
Remember how much fun it was to treat your friends at school to a special snack on your birthday? These days, it can be challenging to come up with kid-friendly, allergy-aware, healthy snacks to send in for celebrations at school. Many schools require that snacks fit into specific guidelines,
A new line-up of your favorite PBS Kids shows started today, Tuesday, September 3! Some old friends are returning to weekdays, and lots of exciting, educational new episodes of your kids’ favorite shows will be airing throughout the Fall. Check back here for information about new episodes and
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will be premiering a brand new episode on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 at 12:30 on WPT! "Neighbor Day" is a half-hour musical special in which Daniel learns just how good it feels to be neighborly - and that one kind act can lead to many more.
All across Wisconsin, kids are heading back to school! PBS Parents has a great informational page all about going to school. You'll find articles about making friends, how to talk to your kids about their school day, bullying, grade-by-grade learning guidelines, and so much more.
Starting Monday, August 19th, PBS KIDS will be airing a week of WILD KRATTS dedicated to some of the most slithery, leathery creatures in the world. This theme week includes four brand-new episodes that explore the wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.
Get Up and Go Day happens on the first Friday of August every year. WPT wants you and your family to know about all the great ways you can get moving and stay safe and healthy all year long! Here is a list of the community partners who p
PBS Kids Get Up and Go Day is just over a week away and we've got lots of fun planned for you and your kids! Join us in Madison, Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Keshena, and the Fox Valley or watch live on WPT from 10am-12pm on Friday, August 2! You'll get to meet some of your favorite PBS Kids characte
Wisconsin is experiencing some steamy weather this week! Here are some summer heat safety tips from PBS Parents.
Have you or your kids ever tried the practice of yoga? Yoga is a great way to help kids keep fit physically and mentally, and it's a perfect activity for kids and adults of all ages and abilities to do together. Yoga can teach kids the many ways their bodies can move, it can show them that the
On Saturday, June 1, families from across Wisconsin came to the Sun Prairie Public Library to celebrate Wisconsin’s winners of this year’s PBS Kids Go!
Each year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program creates a theme for community libraries to use in their summer reading programs. This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading.” The theme offers some great ways to encourage your child’s love of reading while
Beginning Monday, May 27, PBS Kids programming on WPT will change to our summer lineup. You can see the full schedule here (http://wptschedule.org/schedulenow.php). Here’s an overview of the new schedule:
An exciting new show is coming to PBS Kids!
Summer is coming! For some families, that means road trips are in the works! Road trips can be lots of fun, whether traveling a few hours to visit family or packing the car to the roof and heading for one of the great National Parks out west.
Teacher Appreciation Week starts today in the U.S. There are lots of ways to recognize the hard work that teachers do throughout the year. A heartfelt note from you and your child is always well-received. Focus on specific things the teacher has helped your child with, or a special memory of
For many of us, learning to ride a bike was a formative experience in our childhoods. We may not remember our own young apprehension, or we may still have a scar from toppling off a bike as we learned; either way, it can be pretty daunting for a child just starting out.
As Earth Week winds down, we are reminded that we encourage our children to be compassionate to others – to siblings, to classmates, to animals. Why not encourage compassion towards our environment, too?
Earth Day is next Monday, April 22, and we've got some great ideas to help you and your family celebrate! Did you know Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin? Our state is a treasure trove of resources to help kids learn to love the Earth.
This Earth Day, PBS KIDS invites viewers to join America’s favorite monkey for a new CURIOUS GEORGE special: Curious George Swings Into Spring!
Explore the Outdoors Month continues with a week of episodes about animal families on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Warmer weather means lots of opportunities for active family time, from taking a walk around the block to longer outings. While some children need no encouragement to get outside to start exploring, others might need a little incentive.
Encore presentations of some of the most musical episodes of Dinosaur Train make for a week of dance-tastic adventures.
Through their adventures, the Kratt brothers learn how each creature uses its own special powers – including their senses – to do amazing things.
Spring is finally arriving here in Wisconsin! It’s time to start thinking about getting outside, digging in the dirt, watching for animals returning from their travels, and making new discoveries! All month long, PBS Kids will be celebrating the outdoors and we’ll be here with lots of great id
As a PBS Parent, you probably already understand the value of engaging with or giving back to your community. Did you know that children as young as three can learn the value of helping people in need? Now is a great time to start a lifelong commitment to giving.
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie follows Sid and his friend Gabriela through their adventure in The Super Ultimate Science Museum.
There are just a few days left for your child to enter the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest! All Kindergarten through third grade students in the WPT viewing area are invited to enter. Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 25 to be included in the judging.
This Wednesday, March 20th, we’re celebrating what would have been Fred Rogers’ 85th birthday.
Every year on March 14, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi, the circumference of a circle (the distance around the circle) divided by its diameter (the distance across).
Everyone’s favorite vocabulary-slinging super hero squares off against a cavalcade of evil-doers in Word Girl: March-Enemy Week! Starting Tuesday, March 12 at 1pm, WPT has four brand-new Word Girl episodes featuring some of her most nefarious
Normally, the start of March brings an explosion of green as snowstorms give way to thunderstorms.
Born Theodore Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss wrote some of the most well known and widely loved children’s books of the twentieth century.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., departed from the text he'd prepared for his speech to some 200,000 marchers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and gave what became his most famous oration.
For kids who don't enjoy math, it can be challenging to get them to practice skills -- whether its during the school year or during a long break over the summer. If there's no homework, why exercise those mental muscles?
Everyone has their own definition of "good food" and kids can often be some of the most narrow in their definition. While it's challenging to get kids to explore new foods, it's a worthwhile endeavour that will help develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
We all spend more time on computers now than people did a decade ago – and children are no exception. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to turn that time into a fun and educational experience!
Reading takes us places -- from adventures on planets orbiting stars in another solar system, to deep-sea diving in the last unexplored frontier on Earth, to our own neighborhoods! It cultivates imagination and develops critical thinking skills and can help us become incredible writers!
Literacy can happen anywhere, from the park to the doctor’s office!
As the clock winds down on 2012, it presents a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the year that has passed as well as look to all that the coming year might bring. Sometimes those reflections prompt us to make resolutions for changing or improving habits.
We all know how important exercise is to stay healthy and happy -- especially for young children. But did you know that yoga can be great exercise for kids, as well as adults?
Each year, the fourth Thursday of November kicks off several weeks of busy activity – spending time with family, planning holiday trips, shopping, cooking ... But in the midst of this frenzy, it’s important to take time out and give thanks and foster a sense of appreciation in your child.
Encourage your kids to read by turning it into a fun social activity!
Congratulations to Word Girl on winning this year's WPT Kids Vote election!
Storms and other natural disaster can be especially scary for kids; news coverage can be especially scary as images of destruction appear without context or explanation. Even if you don’t live in an affected area, what your children see can still be frightening.
It’s Election Day, time for people all over Wisconsin to make their voices heard!
It’s Halloween and time for spiders, bats, ghosts and goblins to go out on the prowl! Did you know that there are REAL ghosts and goblins in the wild?
Exploring the world can be lots of fun, but sometimes new things can be a little scary.
Rainy fall weather means staying inside and keeping warm – even if you’d rather be outside picking apples or jumping in leaves.
Take a trip with Daniel Tiger, Prince Wednesday, and Miss Eliana – without leaving your living room!
For decades, researchers believed that differences between boys and girls stemmed primarily from socialization – there weren’t any significant physical or biological differences that affected when or how children developed skills.
Parents play an important role in helping their children become successful and effective learners, but knowing when and how to help can often prove challenging. When do we step in to help with homework and when to let them work through the problems themselves?
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