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PBS KIDS is springing into Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative, encouraging families to get outside and explore nature.
The adventure began with brand-new episodes of the animated series Ready Jet Go! Then, on April 25, PBS KIDS kicks off an all-new week of Wild Kratts Official and Nature Cat, including the 100th episode of WILD KRATTS.
The spring weather here in Vegas has been amazing so we are having lots of outdoor fun. Playing baseball, playing in the backyard, and making sand angels are some of the things on the top of our list. My son also likes to look for crickets and caterpillars, and cannot wait to use our new Butterfly Habitiat.
New episodes air April 25-29
“Box Turtled In!” – premieres Monday, April 25
When the Wild Kratts’ Tortuga is accidentally miniaturized and carried off by a coyote, the mothership’s shell defense is finally put to the test. The gang embarks on a box turtle-style mission to get back to the Miniaturizer and restore the Tortuga to normal size.
“The Other Martins” – premieres Tuesday, April 26
It’s a relaxing day at Tortuga HQ when Chris comes in complaining about Martin. Confused, the gang soon discovers that Chris means a bird called the purple martin and not his brother! Chris is not happy about something else named Martin, and when a second creature called Martin comes along — he realizes it’s not his day. But soon, he comes to understand what awesome creatures these “other Martins” really are.
“Sea Otter Swim” – premieres Wednesday, April 27
When the Wild Kratts take time out for a swim, Jimmy reveals that he’s not that strong a swimmer. To help, Martin and Chris take him to his own personal swimming tutor — a sea otter named Coach!
“Animals Who Live to Be 100 Years Old” – premieres Thursday, April 28
In the series 100th episode, Martin is hanging out with his pet fruit fly, Juice, when Juice suddenly dies. Even though Juice was young, he was pretty old for a fruit fly. Jimmy wants to know if any animals can live more than 100 years. Soon the Wild Kratts are on a mission to discover the oldest creatures on earth!
“Spirit Bear” – premieres Friday, April 29
When the Wild Kratts head out looking for black bears, Aviva keeps seeing a fleeting glimpse of what she thinks is a ghostly white bear. The gang soon realizes that they have stumbled across the rare Spirit Bear of the Northern Pacific. But celebration turns to dismay when they encounter new villain Ms. Paisley Paver, CEO of Pave Nature Incorporated, and discover her plans to turn the island into a mega-storage facility.
New episodes air April 25-28; encore presentation of Earth Day episode on April 29
“Earth Day Today/Earth Day Every Day” – premieres Monday, April 25, repeats Friday, April 29
“Earth Day Today” – It’s Earth Day today! Hooray! To celebrate, Nature Cat, Squeeks, Daisy and Hal go on a nature hike to Butterfly Hills. But they don’t get too far because they keep running into plastic bags blowing in the wind. Upon closer inspection, they see these plastic bags come from a local supermarket, so Nature Cat calls for a change in Earth Day plans. Now they will celebrate Earth Day by alerting the supermarket to their plastic bag problem!
“Earth Day Every Day” – With an earth-friendly alternative in place for the supermarket plastic bag problem, Nature Cat and his pals look to get back to their Earth Day hike celebration, but are once again sidetracked. This time it’s by a plastic bottle floating in a stream. Trying to get this one plastic bottle out of nature and into a recycling can takes them on a perilous, action-packed journey through the waterways, ending up in the ocean where they see more plastic waste! But it’s also where they learn that Earth Day is every day.
“Kingdom of Rotting Log/Can You Dig It?” – premieres Tuesday, April 26
“Kingdom of Rotting Log” – Sound the royal horns! Baa-baaa-baaaa! Today, Nature Cat, Squeeks, Hal and Daisy want to build their royal castle in the woods, for a day of royal play! But the build doesn’t go so smoothly because there is a rotting log in the way of where they want to put their castle. In trying to remove the log, our gang finds out how important rotting logs are.
“Can You Dig It?” – Today, Nature Cat and his pals look to answer question number 73 on Nature Cat’s Nature Curiosity List: If they keep digging a hole deeper and deeper, where will they end up? With the help of Daisy’s homemade Earthbreaker One machine and their imaginations, our gang goes onward and downward, through the earth, and winds up somewhere very surprising.
“Mud Love/Call It a Night” – premieres Wednesday, April 27
“Mud Love” – To bring Hal’s dream of Mud Appreciation Day to fruition, all his pals must lend a muddy hand, collecting different kinds of mud and setting up for the super fun and super messy celebration. But there is one slight problem, Nature Cat doesn’t like mud and really wants no part of any of it!
“Call It a Night” – While Nature Cat is playing flashlight tag at night, his hat falls off his head onto the ground, then surprises everyone by skittering off into the dark night! An already scared Nature Cat is now sad, worried that he will never wear his beloved Nature Cat hat again! They’ll never be able to find it; it’s so dark! Squeeks comes to the rescue with a great idea: to act like other nighttime animals and use some of their other senses to find it.
“Woodpecker Picks a Place/Here Comes the Sun” – premieres Thursday, April 28
“Woodpecker Picks a Place” – Nature Cat’s band practice keeps getting interrupted by a loud knocking on Hal’s doghouse. Upon investigating, the gang finds a woodpecker pecking away at Hal’s roof! In trying to stop the woodpecker to save Hal’s roof, and allow them to get back to band practice, the gang finds out more about woodpeckers and what exactly this one is looking for.
“Here Comes the Sun” – Tally ho! Today, Nature Cat leads his pals on an amazing adventure, to see the Golden Sunstone! All is going well on the trek until Nature Cat accidentally breaks the compass! Uh-oh, now how are they going to tell which direction to go? As Nature Cat panics, Squeeks, Daisy and Hal find other ways to determine the right direction and save the day!
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