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PBS KIDS Launches New App: THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play

Thomas & FriendsIf you have a little engineer at home that's ready for a new adventure (and you trust them with your iPad), there's a new App out today from PBS KIDS that you need to check out. THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play is first-ever Thomas app to offer full-length episodes, in addition to games that promote key problem-solving skills for preschoolers as they build, fix and create train tracks and scenes. Check out some screenshots below, and then head over to the App Store to download for just $2.99...

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Preview: PBS KIDS' Holiday Programming Kick-off starts this week!

PBS KIDSIt's a BIG week for PBS KIDS, as the Holiday season officially launches on November 26th with the perennial favorite, CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas on PBS stations nationwide. It also marks the long-awaited debut of ODD SQUAD, the all-new live-action math series for kids, along with gearing-up for holiday-themed episodes from favorites like PEG + CAT, THOMAS & FRIENDS, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD and more in the weeks ahead. Check out the full programming rundown and previews below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Giveaway: Win the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine Toddler Bed!

THE ROCK FATHER is a Step2 Brand AmbassadorAs part of my gig as Step2 Brand Ambassador, I recently took a trip to Step2 HQ in Ohio to take a peek at some of the latest toys and accessories that are at or headed to retail very soon (more on that shortly). In fact, my kids and I get to check out a lot of great new toys from Step2 (here's the latest) and while we won't be bringing this one home, I know a lot of families our there with a little conductor that would just love to ride the rails of the Isle of Sodor in their dreams with a Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ . My friends and fellow Step2 Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro have teamed-up to host a giveaway for the Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on the action, sharing your chance to win one of these cool beds below! 

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Holiday Gift Guide: PBS KIDS DVDs - Educational Entertainment and Great Stocking Stuffers!

PBS KIDS VIPEven before becoming a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Blogger in 2013, the entertaining and educational programming offered by PBS KIDS was already a daily staple here in our home. From CAILLOU to CURIOUS GEORGE, DINOSAUR TRAIN to SESAME STREET, there's a lot of great shows and specials that are now available to view anytime on DVD. They're great gifts, and perfect stocking stuffers, and that lands them firmly in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Ty's Toy Box: Top Five Toys for March (plus a coupon)...

Ty's Toy Box

The folks over at Ty's Toy Box have just hit The Rock Father with the rundown on what's hot for March. Check out the details below on the "Ty's Top Five" as determined by customer popularity. Additionally, you can save 15% Off Sitewide over at Ty's Toy Box (through March 4) with coupon code TTB1531. As many of you already know, we're big fans of the assortment offered by Ty's Toy Box, as they handle a lot of the hard-to-find brands from PBS Kids and Sprout, like CAILLOU, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, SUPER WHY!, and more. 

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Holiday: Ty's Toy Box Reveals 2012 Top 10 Best Sellers...(plus get 15% Off!)

Here at Rock Father HQ, we really dig the assortment of toys offered by Ty's Toy Box. They're the go-to source for hard-to-find items from a lot of PBS KIDS shows like Caillou, Wild Kratts, Super Why!, Sesame Street and more - and then they've got the official shops for Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Wiggles, too! Well, the folks at Ty's Toy Box just got in touch with The Rock Father with a Holiday Coupon Code offering 15% Off your order, along with the full list of their Top 10 Best Sellers for 2012. What are the kids into this year? Check it out...

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PBS KIDS announces Holiday 2012 Programming Lineup...

With the Holiday Season fast-approaching (or already here, depending who you talk to), PBS has a stellar lineup of programming as always, and for PBS KIDS (regular viewing here at Rock Father HQ), there's something for all the little ones. The full lineup of new shows and returning favorites has been revealed, and I've got all of them for you below. The Holiday Season starts later this month and runs through New Years for PBS KIDS...

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For those that doubt the importance of PBS KIDS... recent ratings rock!

With all the recent political rumblings about the funding of PBS, the importance and value of public broadcasting has been the subject of much discussion. As I've noted many times here in the past, the educational programming of PBS KIDS is a daily staple here in The Rock Father house. While I grew up on SESAME STREET, my daughters are learning not only from the familiar characters that inhabit the 'Street, but also from PBS KIDS fixtures like CAILLOU, SUPER WHY!, WORDWORLD, and my 3-year-old's new favorite show (practically an obsession), DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. They're far from alone, as September ratings are out and reveal that six of the top ten shows among youngsters ages 2-5 are on PBS KIDS.

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Rock Father Adventure: The Mattel Toy Store - Wilmot, WI

This past Friday, the little one and I took a little road trip to Wilmot, Wisconsin. About 30 minutes from Rock Father HQ in Illinois, Wilmot is home to more than a 'Mountain,' but also a warehouse for AMERICAN GIRL, and THE MATTEL TOY STORE. I'd found the latter by accident last year while heading up to Twin Lakes for a rock show. After coming back home, I hit Google to find out just what exactly I'd seen out there on that dark, Fall night. While turning a corner, I spotted a plain white sign that read 'The Mattel Toy Store.' Sure enough, the toy maker operates their own chain of stand-alone stores in special locations around the country. A few months ago, we made the trip for the first time. On Friday, we went back.

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Thomas and Friends are no friends of mine (Something foul in the Isle of Sodor)

As the father of a 2½-year-old that loves watching Sprout, the adventures of THOMAS AND FRIENDS are viewed on a pretty frequent basis. I've become familiar with the differences in animation and narration between seasons, the characters, the overall time-frame, and the curiously-changing geography of the Island of Sodor. Having viewed the series at length, I've also formulated some pretty strong opinions about it and the underlying meanings of certain things. I use these opinions in a possibly humorous (to me) and largely sarcastic manner. Tonight, those opinions got me blocked from posting on the official Thomas and Friends facebook page. Yes - The Rock Father™ has been banned from Sodor.

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