Archives for June 22, 2014

Win Melitta Coffee for a Year!

Melitta Coffee for a Year

You can enter to win a year’s supply of Melitta Café de Europa premium coffee: ground, whole bean or single-serve cups. Three lucky winners will win, so enter now and taste the difference: http://woobox.com/9yxm5z!

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PBS KIDS TO ADD NEW HALF-HOUR SESAME STREET PROGRAM ON AIR AND ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS THIS FALL Extending the reach of the iconic series produced by Sesame Workshop, the new bonus program will air in addition to the hour-long SESAME STREET, starting Monday, September 1, 2014, on PBS KIDS.

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Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET will introduce a bonus half-hour program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. Starting Monday, September 1, the additional half-hour program will air on weekday afternoons on PBS stations, complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings (check local listings). For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel.  By offering this bonus half hour of SESAME STREET in an additional timeslot and through a growing number of digital services, PBS KIDS hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.

 

“With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on SESAME STREET’s 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices, where PBS KIDS’ reach is growing exponentially,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS KIDS Video App increased 34 percent.1 The new half-hour format will give PBS KIDS the opportunity to offer SESAME STREET to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows.”

 

Through the extensive reach of PBS KIDS, the new afternoon SESAME STREET program will offer families even more access to the iconic series that for decades has helped prepare kids for success in school and in life. PBS KIDS reaches more kids ages 2-8 and more moms with kids under age 12 than any other kids TV network, and nearly 99 percent of homes in the U.S.2, 3 PBS KIDS averages more than 12 million unique visitors per month online, and more than 1.5 million users stream video on the PBS KIDS Video App each month.4, 5 PBS KIDS reached 11.9 million low-income families last year, many of whom do not have access to cable or satellite TV.6

 

“We’re thrilled to extend our reach on PBS. What better way to celebrate our 45th anniversary season than to touch more children’s lives,” added Terry Fitzpatrick, Chief Content and Distribution Officer at Sesame Workshop. “These days, families expect to be able to connect with their favorite SESAME STREET friends at any time of day. The new afternoon show is a great complement to our continuing efforts to reach more kids with engaging lessons that will help them grow smarter, stronger and kinder.”

 

The half-hour version of SESAME STREET will help kids learn a variety of skills, including the school readiness skills – such as impulse control and socio-emotional lessons – for which parents are increasingly seeking resources. With its comprehensive curriculum – or as Sesame Workshop calls it, a whole-child approach – SESAME STREET makes a measurable difference in children’s lives. In fact, a variety of studies prove SESAME STREET’s educational impact. A longitudinal study by the University of Kansas found that American children who frequently viewed SESAME STREET as preschoolers had high-school grade point averages that were almost 16 percent higher than those who did not watch.7

 

Each half-hour episode of SESAME STREET is a shortened version of each one-hour program and will include a “Street Story,” a “Word on the Street” segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0.”

 

Since its debut on PBS in 1969, SESAME STREET has provided millions of families with trusted, engaging content, and has earned extensive critical acclaim. More moms watch SESAME STREET than any other preschool program and SESAME STREET has won more Emmy Awards than any other show in TV history.8 More information about SESAME STREET is available at pbskids.org/sesame.

Credit: Sesame Street and PBS Kids.

Win a $2,000 Staycation package on MAM!

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MAM knows life as a parent can get hectic.  With summer finally here, MAM is going to give you a much deserved chance to relax for a change.  Head to their Facebook page and share what your ideal staycation would be – date nights while a babysitter watches the kids?  Luxurious days at the spa and shopping sprees at the mall?  – and you could win a $2,000 Staycation package on MAM!  Enter here: http://bit.ly/MAMsummerstaycation

Deadline to enter 7/31/2014 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and giveaway is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit: MAM.

Disney Junior’s “PIRATE AND PRINCESS: POWER OF DOING GOOD” A SEVEN-CITY TOURING EVENT IN COLLABORATION WITH ASPCA, YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION AND FIRST BOOK, BEGINS THURSDAY, JULY 17 IN PHILADELPHIA

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“Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good,” a pro-social touring event to introduce kids age 2-7 to the value of doing good, including caring for nature and animals and helping others, will begin THURSDAY, JULY 17 in Philadelphia before carrying on to Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Designed for kids and families, the tour is sponsored by Disney Junior, ASPCA, Youth Service America (YSA), National Wildlife Federation and First Book.

 

Tickets are required — they are free to the public and available now at DisneyJunior.com/powerofdoinggood.

 

“Through the power of our stories and characters, we can help the youngest of children imagine a better world and reflect on what they can do to help others within their own communities,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. “Our ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good’ summer tour will do exactly that by engaging kids and parents in activities that not only highlight community service but also empower them to take these learnings and continue the work amongst their friends, families and neighbors.”

 

The event will engage kids in positive actions that benefit others through the benevolent characters and stories in Disney Junior’s popular series “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Each tour stop will include opportunities to create a storybook at “First Book’s Jake and Sofia’s Storytelling Maze,” share acts of kindness or service at home or school in “YSA’s Enchancia Castle,” participate in the “ASPCA’s Sofia’s Animal Friends” activities, engage in interactive lessons of environmental conservation in the “National Wildlife Federation’s Jake’s Beach Treasures” and to pledge continued service at the “Forever Tree.”

 

Each “Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good” event will culminate with a musical celebration, hosted by Radio Disney, featuring special live appearances by Jake and Sofia.

 

The tour schedule includes the following:

 

  • Thursday, July 17 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in Philadelphia at the Please Touch Museum
  • Monday, July 21 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in Washington D.C. at The Yards Park
  • Friday, July 25 (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in New York City at Riverbank State Park
  • Wednesday, July 30 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in Chicago (Joliet, IL) at Joliet Memorial Stadium
  • Monday, August 4 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in Houston (Sugar Land, TX) at Oyster Creek Park
  • Monday, August 11 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in the San Francisco Bay Area (Hayward, CA) at Kennedy Park
  • Friday, August 15 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Saturday, August 16 (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in Los Angeles (Pasadena, CA) at Kidspace Children’s Museum

 

Parents nationwide can visit DisneyJunior.com/powerofdoinggood to download activities inspired by the event and educational materials, including “Get Out & Get Moving” nature guide and YSA’s “Families in Action” kit. Families are then encouraged to make a pledge of service within their community and post about it on Twitter and Facebook throughout the summer using the hashtag #PowerOfDoingGood.

 

Disney Junior’s “Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good” tour is part of Disney’s Summer of Service. The 2014 Service of Summer Awards, in collaboration with Disney Friends for Change, is an initiative that inspires kids and their families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities, and the planet. Winners receive a $1,000 award to assist them in continuing their good work. To learn how you can apply for a Summer of Service award visitwww.YSA.org/beinspired.

 Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Disney Junior.