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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...

PBS KIDSThis Wednesday, the Holidays officially arrive in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe with two new episodes of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. Airing December 17 on PBS KIDS (check local listings for times), "Daniel's Winter Adventure" and "Neighborhood Nutcracker" help kids understand that if something seems hard to do, it's ok to try a little bit at a time. Check out a preview below, along with full details on both of this week's new stories. 

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Holiday 2014If you have a Whole Foods Market nearby, you may have noticed something new available over the past couple of weeks - a full line of products from PBS KIDS. This holiday season, PBS KIDS & Whole Foods are collaborating on a new collection of toys and products designed to give back to both children and our planet. From wooden toys made in Vermont by Maple Landmark Woodcraft, to Green Toys vehicles made from recycled plastics and organic cotton t-shirts (for kids and grownups), there's a lot to choose from - including over 40 plush animals from Aurora. As part of my gig as a member of the PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Team, my girls have a few of these here (a plush sloth, a Little Scoot wooden race car and airplane), and I'm showcasing the entire line as part of my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Act fast though, these item are only available in Whole Foods Market locations (selection will vary) and at PBSKIDS.org (where many have already sold-out).

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...

Holiday 2014For the past couple of years, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD has been such a fixture here at Rock Father HQ that the characters of the Neighborhood of Make Believe feel like family. Having written about The Fred Rogers Company-produced series even pre-dating my own work with the PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) team, there's an inexplicable feeling of warmth and goodness that occurs just from hearing the music alone. When the JAKKS Pacific toy line was first announced, the girls and I were excited to get our hands on some, and in the year or so that's passed, we've bought some and we've received some along the way. Heck, I've even taken Daniel with as a traveling companion, and since the girls play with their figures almost daily (they're regularly intermixed with a core group of toys here), I'm including the entire DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD line in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER.

PBS KIDS VIPAs of today, kids can meet the ODD SQUAD and start getting a jump on those math skills. Previewed this past May at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco (I was there) ODD SQUAD will premiere November 26 on PBS stations, but families can now enjoy six full-length 11-minute “Case Files” from the series, as well as many additional clips that include profiles of the agents, agent training videos, recruitment videos and more, are now available for free on pbskids.org, the PBS KIDS Video App, and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. In addition, two games and parent resources are now available on the series’ website

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