PBS Kids has quite a few shows that entertain and educate my children. We like Sid the Science Kid, Dragon Tales and Dinosaur Train. Dinosaur Train is one of my favorites personally, I love the catchy song. “Dinosaur Train, Dinosaur Train, gonna riiiiiiiide, the Dinosaur Train. I’d love to ride it myself except for a royal fear of dinosaurs.
On May 24, PBS KIDS will bring the series back with four new episodes. Dinosaur train is a CG-animated preschool series created by The Jim Henson Company. The Pteranodon family is going on world tour learning about all the dinosaurs around the globe and your kids are invited to tag along. The Pteranodon family have an adopted son named Buddy and he’s a T-rex with lots of hypothesizes on his mind.
We’ve been lucky enough to receive a screener copy of the four episodes and it must be partly my excitement but we’ve moved on from watching The Princess and the Frog to Dinosaur Train every morning. We have watched as The Pteranadon family travels the globe journeying to Asia, Europe and Africa with a new character Gilbert, the conductor’s young nephew. These new summer-themed vacation episodes, are just the spirit for those going on summer vacations and families doing their own exploring with kids.
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.
One of the episodes is about a bird, the Confusiousornos and it looks a little bit like a peacock, at the end of the episode when the paleontologist is talking about peacocks, Zoe just lights up. We took a trip to the zoo last week and her favorite animal was the peacock. So she just loves it. I love to see my kids get excited about learning. Each episode takes everyone on a journey like this one and ties in with a lesson about that species of dinosaur at the end.