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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)My favorite time of year is almost here, and PBS KIDS is once again rolling out some stellar Halloween-themed programming throughout the month of October.

ODD SQUAD is toplining things this year with a new one-hour special entitled, ODD SQUAD: AGAINST THE ODDS, and there's a bunch of Halloween favorite episodes of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, CURIOUS GEORGE, PEG + CAT, CAILLOU and more coming back. Check out the full details below...

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PBS KIDS VIPGet those DVRs ready - Starting next Monday (October 27), PBS KIDS brings back CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST to kick-off an entire week of seasonally-spooky programming! The week will begin with an encore presentation of the perennial favorite from CURIOUS GEORGE (also available on DVD), followed by a new episode from DINOSAUR TRAIN (also debuting Monday), and encore presentations of themed episodes from ARTHUR, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, THOMAS & FRIENDS and more throughout the week (check local listings). But that's not all - new episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE start on Tuesday, including one with a brand-new song performed by BELINDA CARLISLE of THE GO-GO'S.

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PBS KIDS VIPOn September 29, ARTHUR will begin it's 18th (yes, 18th!) season on PBS KIDS, bringing all-new adventures of the WGBH-produced series to families everywhere. Ahead of the new season comes ARTHUR'S BIG APP, designed to encourage positive social skills through fun and engaging multi-level games. Focusing on the values of friendship, teamwork and helping others, each game allows kids to explore Elwood City and interact with their favorite ARTHUR characters. Check out the specs below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Gurnee MillsFor my local friends in Lake County, Illinois - mark your calendars, because the WTTW Readers are Leaders Tour is returning to Gurnee Mills. On Saturday, September 6, kids and grownups alike can spend the morning singing, dancing and enjoying story time with a live performance from Miss Lori's CAMPUS and a special appearance by ARTHUR. This FREE event starts at 10:30am at the Lake County Food Court in the Macy's full-priced wing. The first 200 children in attendance will receive a free children’s book.

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PBS KIDS VIPCan you believe that Back-to-School Season is already here? In just about a month, I'll officially have a kindergartener, and that sorta weirds me out. Five years of parenting already? Alas, my friends at PBS Distribution have scored a coup, partnering with Walmart for their “BACK TO SCHOOL PRESCHOOL PROMOTION,” – designed to entertain children during the summer months when school’s out, but prep them for what lies ahead. Parents can find specially marked (and priced) educational, episodic DVDs from CAILLOU, WORDGIRL, ARTHUR and DANIEL TIGER, each covering the major learning categories taught throughout the academic year such as social skills, reading, math, and science. Here's what you can look for...

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PBS KIDSWe're officially in that lull where Summer Learning needs to be a real focus as we hit the midway mark before it's Back-to-School time. With that in mind, PBS KIDS' ARTHUR is getting in on the action with a brand-new (FREE!) online game called D.W. & BUDS BACKYARD ADVENTURE, available to play right now on PBSKIDS.org. In the game, "little explorers join D.W. and Bud as they embark on an epic backyard adventure - all by using their powers of imagination, collaboration, and problem solving. Maneuver past trap doors, collapsing floors, sliding walls, and other obstacles...including snakes...Collect all of the pieces to rebuild some golden statues that MAY look a little familiar." But that's not all that ARTHUR has in store for summer goodness...

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