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Best Free Apps That Take Kids from “Screen” to “Green”

Is a trip to the playground or a walk outside part of your routine? With these seven apps, your child can go from astronomer to zoologist to explorer in one outdoor adventure!

LPB's Sensational Science Summer Camp with Ruff Ruffman

Jump into LPB’s Sensational Science Camps for 4- and 5-year-olds! Sensational Science Camp will engage kids in science inquiry and the engineering design process using fun hands-on activities, digital media, and technology with Ruff Ruffman and his friends.

Choose either June 10-14, 2019 or June 17-21, 2019.  Our sessions will cover MixturesMaterialsFrictionStructures, and a Sensational Science Finale!

Camps will be at LPB's Telecommunications Center located at 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge, LA, from 9 AM - 12 NOON, daily. Cost is $175 per camper per week plus a non-refundable registration fee of $25. Campers must be at least 4 years old by 6/1 to be eligible and no older than 6 years old by 6/1.  Register HERE!

PBS KIDS Episodes featuring characters with Autism

Everyone is unique, and that's what makes us special! April 1-8, meet three characters with Autism from @ArthurPBS, @DinosaurTrain and @SesameStreet that have special ways of learning and interacting with the world.

Looking for ways to watch?
Find LPB's show schedule here: https://www.lpb.org/schedule

Get the free PBS KIDS Video App: https://pbskids.org/apps/pbs-k... 

7 Simple Springtime Outdoor Activities

Spring is finally here! Building your own bird feeder is one way to get outdoor time on your to-do list.

Best Gardening Books for Kids

Inch by inch, row by row, learn to make your garden grow! Browse through these seed-filled reads and explore the outdoors through books.

Book List | The Best of Shel Silverstein

When you hear the name Shel Silverstein, what does it bring to mind? Families often think of clever poems with lots of laughs! Browse this list to find old and new favorites from writer and poet Shel Silverstein!

Book List | Different Styles, Different Children

On the pages of these books, meet memorable characters with special ways of learning.

April PBS KIDS Family Nights

April 5th -- Are you ready for the ODDest night of the week? Tonight's PBS KIDS Family Night special is an @OddSquadPBS marathon. Make the most of your little one's math skills as she helps the squad save the day!

April 12th -- How strong are your child's word powers? Put them to the test in tonight's PBS KIDS Family Night special, WordGirl: The Rise of Ms. Power.

April 19th -- Tonight, join the @Cyberchase crew as they stop Hacker from destroying animals' habitats. After viewing, try one of these fun ways to explore nature.

April 26th -- Calling all backyard explorers! Tonight's PBS KIDS Family Night is a @NatureCatShowPBS marathon. Between episodes, create your own edible slime and chat about the ways animals use slime in nature.

Father Brown (Season 7), April 4 -- The charming Father Brown returns to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. This is England in the 1950s – a countryside dotted with small villages, rural parish churches and large country houses. Each episode sees Father Brown investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. This season Father Brown finds himself trapped with a murderer during a dark, stormy night. A civilized fundraiser at a finishing school puts Mrs. McCarthy in the path of a rogue bullet. And a daring train robbery sees Lady Felicia and Mrs. McCarthy carried off in the dead of night. Can Father Brown find them before it’s too late?

Death in Paradise (Season 8), April 4 -- The smash-hit whodunit returns. Detective Jack Mooney is starting to get to know the people and places of Saint Marie. But there’s little time for sightseeing, as there are some fiendishly clever murders to solve. From a local radio DJ murdered while live on air to a zookeeper killed by a poisonous dart, Jack and his team have their work cut out. Energetic officer Ruby Patterson – the commissioner’s niece – is a new face on the team. Jack must lead them through personal ups and downs while using his unconventional methods to catch the killers; these are some of their most challenging cases yet.

Les Miserables on Masterpiece, April 14 -- Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) stars as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom) as Javert in this epic retelling of Victor Hugo's classic novel, "Les Miserables." They are joined by a host of Britain's most-talented actors, including Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply) as Fantine, Olivia Colman (The Crown, Broadchurch) as Madam Thenardier, and Josh O'Connor (The Crown, The Durrells in Corfu) as Marius. This adaptation was scripted by Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, War & Peace).

Austin City Limits: Kacey Musgraves/Lucas Nelson, April 20 --  Live it up with some contemporary country. Texan Kacey Musgraves essays tunes from her acclaimed album "Golden Hour." Son of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson, roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band present songs from their self-title release.

I hope you and your families enjoy some of these resources. Happy spring!  

Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org