Apr 24, 2010


My two year old is a dinosaur addict.  I think most of the content of DINOSAUR TRAIN is a little over his head but he still LOVES it.  We were had the chance to preview the new episodes which he watched with a collection of dino's he rounded up.  I hadn't actually watched the show prior to that but in typicaly PBS fashion, I was impressed with the show.  It's a hit with the kids and packs in a lot of educational material.  I don't think my 7 year old would watch it by choice because it does feel like its for younger kids but I know he enjoyed the information just the same!  Check out the new episode with YOUR dinosaur fan today.  (Link at the bottom to help you find local times)


~Two New Games Featured on Dinosaur Train Interactive Web Site~

Beginning Monday, May 24, PBS KIDS will be airing four new episodes of the hit CG-animated preschool series DINOSAUR TRAIN from The Jim Henson Company. Children of all ages can climb aboard the DINOSAUR TRAIN with Buddy and the entire Pteranodon family as they embark on a roaring, exploring, World Tour adventure in these new summer-themed vacation episodes.  Airing May 24-27, the special week finds the family packing up and boarding the train to discover the wonderful variety of dinosaurs inhabiting the globe as they journey to Asia, Europe and Africa.  Also joining this trip is a new character Gilbert, the conductor’s young nephew.

The four all-new episodes will premiere on the popular PBS KIDS preschool destination, an educational, hosted two-hour morning television block. (Please check local listings).  In addition, two new games will be featured on the Parents’ Choice Award-winning website, PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain.  The All Aboard game (launching in May) will give kids control of the Dinosaur Train as a junior conductor, helping to seat different types of dinosaurs as the train moves from station to station.  And in Dinosaur Tracks (available now) Buddy and his friends are making tracks in the mud, kids can help them figure out which footprint comes next. PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain welcomes more than 2.4 million visits each month, offering engaging content designed to continue dinosaur exploration beyond the television series, including printables, games, and a dinosaur field guide.

DINOSAUR TRAIN, the perfect marriage of the two things 3-6 year olds love the most – trains and dinosaurs, was created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!). The series embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Each 30-minute episode includes two 11-minute animated segments with live action sequences featuring well-known paleontologist, Scott Sampson, Ph.D.  Dr. Scott brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers as he gives specific facts about dinosaurs and compares their features to animals of today.  The series continues The Jim Henson Company’s legacy of quality children’s entertainment and joins Henson’s successful series SID THE SCIENCE KID™, which also airs on PBS KIDS.   

“Pteranodon Family World Tour;” “Gilbert the Junior Conductor” - The entire Pteranodon family embarks on a roaring, exploring, World Tour adventure! The Pteranodon family continues with Gilbert, the Conductor's nephew.

“Confuciusornis Says;” “Tiny’s Tiny Doll” - The next stop on the Dinosaur Train World Tour takes the Pteranodon family to Confuciusornis Gardens, where they meet a very wise old dinosaur. During a stop on the Pteranodon family’s World Tour, Tiny accidentally leaves her beloved Tiny Doll behind in Velociraptor Valley and it takes several new dinosaurs to return it to her.

“Iggy Iguanodon;” “Shiny Can’t Sleep” - The Pteranodon family continues their World Tour and meets Iggy Iguanodon, a large, four-legged chap who shows them his unique way of walking. During the World Tour Shiny is homesick and having a hard time falling asleep on the train so Mrs. Conductor and Dad help her discover all of the wonderful nighttime surprises on the  Dinosaur Train.

 “Kenny Kentrosaurus;” “Don and the Troodons” - As the Pteranodon family’s World Tour continues, they travel to Africa to meet a Stegosaur named Kenny Kentrosaurus.
The Pteranodon family oversleeps and has to hurry to make another guided walk on their World Tour!

DINOSAUR TRAIN, produced by The Jim Henson Company, is co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Entertainment, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. UK production and financial support is being provided by Ingenious Media. The series is executive produced by Lisa Henson, Brian Henson, Halle Stanford and Craig Bartlett.

To find local listings for DINOSAUR TRAIN visit here

Disclosure: I did receive a DVD copy of the new episodes from The Jim Henson Company in order to facilitate the writing of this post.  However, the opinions expressed are my own personal views and I was not compensated in exchange for any positive feedback.


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