Archives for June 24, 2018

Summer Reading from Arbordale Publishing Summer Reading Takes You Outdoors!

Back by popular demand, Arbordale Publishing has a new summer reading program for families. For 2018, they handpicked 10 books that showcase animals found in your backyard and others that might require a trip to see. Either way, learning about nature is always fun. Go from the screen to outside for a scavenger hunt, start your own kids’ book club, or learn about seashells even if you can’t get to the beach!
Looking for book giveaways? Follow us on Facebook (Arbordale Kids), or Twitter (@ArbordaleKids), as we will be hosting giveaways throughout the summer for Summer Reading participants! #ArbordaleLovesSummer
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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Continues to Spellbind Guests with Exciting Wand Magic Experiences, Wizarding Apparel and New Menu Options Plus, the Land Celebrates the Highly-Anticipated Return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” this Summer Beginning June 24

From the moment guests enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, they are transported to Hogsmeade village, which this summer will introduce new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, lunchtime menu items and the popular return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

 With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.

 Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:

o   Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard

o   Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges

o   Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges

  Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms, including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase.  New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes.

Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.

  Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.

 “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns for a limited time only, beginning Sunday, June 24.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

  Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

   From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

  The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  Opening June 15, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome debut The DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

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PBS KIDS KICKS OFF A SUMMER OF ADVENTURE PBS KIDS and member stations across the country will celebrate with new episodes of WILD KRATTS, NATURE CAT, READY JET GO! and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, along with games and hands-on activities for the entire family

As children head out of school, PBS KIDS aims to address the summer learning gap by encouraging kids, parents and educators to engage in adventures to make the season one of creativity, learning and fun. Fans of PBS KIDS will get a chance to see new episodes beginning June 6 through August 24, including READY JET GO!, the first-ever WILD KRATTS marathon and new specials from NATURE CAT and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, exploring themes such as the natural world and ocean animals’ migratory patterns. New episodes will premiere on PBS stations (check local listings) and will be available on pbskids.org, the free PBS KIDS Video App and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream.

Local PBS stations across the country will bring educational resources and events to their communities through PBS KIDS partnerships with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, First Book and Reading is Fundamental (RIF). “PBS KIDS at the Alamo” screening events will be available throughout the summer, with 100 percent of the optional, donation-based ticket prices ($1-$5) going to local PBS stations to support PBS KIDS’ educational mission. PBS KIDS’ partnerships with First Book and RIF aim to foster important literacy skills during the summer through activities and resources.

“Children’s learning can decline by as much one month’s worth of school-year learning over the course of summer break.* To help bridge that gap, we want to engage kids with subjects they’re curious to learn more about,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “Every year, local PBS stations bring summer learning opportunities to communities across the country through resources, events and more for the whole family.”

PBS is also celebrating reading this summer with the new eight-part series, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, and hosting “PBS KIDS Read” to complement the annual summer learning initiative for children ages 2-8 and their families. “PBS KIDS Read” will encourage reading and related activities through a variety of resources for kids and parents available on PBS Parents, including book lists, tips for new readers and other literacy resources. PBS Teacherline will offer several courses for early childhood educators who teach young readers. New digital games from WILD KRATTS, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! will also be available. Kids can also download the SPLASH AND BUBBLES Ocean Adventure app, where they can join the Reeftown Rangers on an underwater journey to discover the amazing animals and plants that live in the ocean.

 

Asteroid Belt Space Race!/Sydney 2

Airs and streams June 27

“Asteroid Belt Space Race”

The kids join Celery in a space race between them, Uncle Zucchini, and Auntie Eggplant and Zerk. The course is all the way around the Asteroid Belt.

“Sydney 2”

Sydney decides that Jet’s robot, Jet 2, is lonely. She decides to design and build a robot companion for him and names it “Sydney 2.”

Earth, Wind and Flyer/Mini-Golf at the DSA

Airs and streams July 4

“Earth, Wind, and Flyer”

Jet is fascinated by the effects of wind on his saucer. He and the kids study how wind works, ending with Sean going on a wild saucer ride.

“Mini-Golf at the DSA”

Jet is fascinated by Earthie golf, and Sean and Sydney try to teach him the rules. When the DSA builds a new mini-golf course, the kids team up against the grownups, and Jet gets to apply his new knowledge of force.

Water, Water Everywhere/Commander Cressida Story Contest

Airs and streams July 11

“Water, Water Everywhere”

Jet takes the kids on a saucer tour all around the Earth to discover all the ways that water can be found. They visit Antarctica to look at the ice, and then compare that extreme to the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“Commander Cressida Story Contest”

Sydney wants to enter a Commander Cressida story contest, but can’t think of a good enough story. The other kids help, and they come up with a story about lassoing a comet to bring water to Venus, and then Mars.

Try and Try Again/Racing on Sunshine

Airs and streams July 18

“Try and Try Again”

Jet’s robot Jet 2 needs new wheels if he’s going to be able to rove over the surface of Mars. Jet and the kids try a bunch of different wheels, without success. In the end, they borrow the wheels from Mitchell’s scooter, so Jet 2 can successfully navigate on Mars.

“Racing on Sunshine”

The kids enter their karts in the big kid-kart derby, but this year they all have to design solar- powered karts. Jet learns how solar panels work, and how batteries save up the energy so you can race even when clouds cover the sun.

You Can Call Me Albedo/The Tide Is High

Airs and streams July 25

“You Can Call Me Albedo”

It’s evening at the cul-de-sac and the kids are looking at two asteroids through Sean’s telescope – one is light-colored and one is dark. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s dog Cody seems to have run away because he doesn’t like the black sweater Mitchell put on him. The kids learn about how, just like asteroids, some things are easier to see in the dark than others – a white card is easier to see than Cody’s black sweater, for example. This amount of brightness is called “albedo.”

“The Tide Is High”

The kids go to their local beach to surf, but notice that the beach looks completely different from the last time they stood there. There’s a lot more sand and the ocean is far away! They decide to be detectives and study what has happened, and learn that the difference is caused by the tides – the rising and falling of the ocean.

WILD KRATTS

WILD KRATTS marathon will kick off on Friday, June 15 (check local listings),and will include the new episodes listed below. On the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream, the marathon kicks off at 6:00 a.m. and goes for a full 24 hours. The two services will be counter-programmed with different episodes.

Choose Your Swordfish

Airs and streams Friday, June 29

Aviva challenges Martin and Chris to a fencing duel and tells them to choose their swords. The bros can’t decide, so she tells them if they pick their favorite billfish – swordfish, marlin or sailfish – she’ll make them a Creature Power Suit. So they head out on a mission to explore the mysterious world of billfish.

NATURE CAT

 “Nature Cat: The Return of Bad Dog Bart”

Airs and streams Monday, July 16

While playing everyone’s favorite game, Hal’s Hole Hootenanny, Hal accidentally digs up what turns out to be Bad Dog Bart’s second buried treasure map! And this is the one that leads to Bad Dog Bart’s stolen loot of cat toys. This brings back some emotional memories for Nature Cat of a very special family cat toy stolen by Bad Dog Bart, and his sister Gwendolyn going off to get it back. Nature Cat has not seen Gwendolyn since! Mustering all the courage he can, and with help from Squeeks, Daisy and Hal, Nature Cat sets off on a dizzying epic adventure following the map to find the treasure. Little do they know that Bad Dog Bart himself will be joining the race along with a rough and tumble pirate named One-Eared Winnie! Arrrghhhhh!!!

SPLASH AND BUBBLES

“Splash and Bubbles: Pole-to-Pole”

Airs and streams August 6

Narwhals and penguins and humpbacks, oh my! The Reeftown Rangers set off on a migratory adventure from the Antarctic to the Arctic in this SPLASH AND BUBBLES event.

Brookings Institute; Summer learning loss, what is it, and what can we do about it?; 2017

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About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

About Wind Dancer
In addition to READY JET GO!, Wind Dancer Films is the creator and producer of such family television series Home Improvement along with box office successes such as What Women Want and Bernie. The company, headed by partners Dete Meserve, David McFadzean and Matt Williams, is also currently in production on What Men Want for Paramount Pictures, the feature film Good Sam, the animated preschool project Not a Box, and the stop-motion series entitled Storywoodswww.winddancer.com

About Kratt Brothers Company

Kratt Brothers Company, founded in 1993, has created and produced more than 220 episodes of television, including award-winning series: KRATTS’ CREATURES, ZOBOOMAFOO, Kratt Brothers: Be the Creature and WILD KRATTS. Through its full service animation studio, Kratt Brothers Company is currently in production on its fifth season of the Emmy-nominated hit, WILD KRATTS.www.krattbrothers.com

About Spiffy Pictures

Spiffy Pictures, founded in 2003 by David and Adam Rudman, is a creative development and production company specializing in family entertainment. The Emmy Award-winning creative team has created, produced, written and directed live-action and animated projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, Comedy Central, Sesame Street and Warner Brothers. Their projects include creating and producing the Emmy- and Prix Jeunesse-nominated Jack’s Big Music Show for Nick Jr, the Emmy-nominated Bunnytown for Disney and Nick Jr.’s Parent’s Choice Award-winning Curious Buddies brand of home videos. Spiffy Pictures recently produced a puppet adaptation of Scooby Doo for Warner Brothers, titled Scooby-Doo! Adventures, The Mystery Map. Visit us at www.spiffypictures.com.

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle RockThe Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark CrystalLabyrinthMirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The Company is currently in production on the upcoming Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Projects in development include the highly anticipated filmFraggle Rock.

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