Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dinosaur Train, airing on PBS KIDS.


Halloween is right around the corner, and The Jim Henson Company and Dinosaur Train have all the right ingredients for some spooky fun holiday:

·      Buddy and Tiny costumes are available for kids from California Costume Collections

·      The world famous Jim Henson Creature Shop has provided patterns to make your own costumes at home!

·      Penguin Young Readers Group has published a spooktacular reading adventure, with The Spooky Scavenger Hunt.

·      And, special Halloween themed episodes will air on PBS Kids!


Buddy and Tiny are the main characters on the hit Emmy-nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor animated television series, Dinosaur Train, airing on PBS KIDS.  

Each Dinosaur Train costume is made up of soft fabric to enhance comfort while wearing them, and created in vibrant colors and realistic design patterns to make toddlers look and feel like a dinosaur train character! The colorful Buddy costume includes the orange colored T-Rex jumpsuit, Buddy the dinosaur hood, and the shoe covers. The colorful Tiny costume includes the green colored Pteranodon jumpsuit, Tiny the dinosaur hood, and green shoe covers. Both costumes are available for toddlers ages 3-4, and children ages 4-6. SRP: $34.99 – $39.99. Costumes are available at various retail locations and online stores across the U.S. A list of online stores can be found here: http://californiacostumes.com/locations

More “spooktacular” fun with The Spooky Scavenger Hunt from Penguin Young Readers Group

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For a little scary Dinosaur Train Halloween fun – enjoy reading The Spooky Scavenger Hunt from Penguin Young Readers Group in which Mr. Pteranodon takes Buddy and Tiny on a nighttime trip to the Big Pond for a spooky nature walk! Mr. Pteranodon and the conductor insist they can't be scared, but when the conductor's mom jumps out at them, everyone gets a good scare! This simple storybook is perfect for read-aloud fun!  Ages 4 - 8; SRP $3.99.  

Halloween Costumes to Make at Home!

Additionally, for those who are feeling a little adventurous, Jim Henson's Creature Shop — the folks who brought

you Elmo and Miss Piggy, among many others — have created a Buddy costume that can be made at home! 
Photo: Child in make-at-home costume.

© 2009 The Jim Henson Company

For sew and no-sew options, visit this link: http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/costume

And to see a video of the sew version, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANroqbPing

And don’t forget to watch Halloween themed episodes from Dinosaur Train to air on PBS Kids®

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Haunted Roundhouse and Big Pond Pumpkin Patch to air during the week of October 15, October 22 and on October 31 – check local listings.

In Haunted Roundhouse, dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep.  And in Big Pond Pumpkin Patchthe Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them.

Dinosaur Train™ is an Emmy-nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor TV series, and is one of the top ten shows for kids ages 2 to 5.* Young viewers join Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs, and it has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way.
(Source: Nielsen NPower Live+7 AAs, August 2011-March 2012)

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