Monday, June 7, 2021

Enriching Education: Molly of Denali and Wild Kratts and other PBS Resources

 PBS KIDS will celebrate summer – and the great outdoors – with brand-new one-hour specials from two fan-favorite series. From saving wild cats and dogs on the African savannah with Wild Kratts to trekking to the top of Denali in an action-packed new Molly of Denali adventure, these fun-filled and learning-packed specials will let kids and families discover new places, learn about the natural world, and meet new friends along the way. 

Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One 
– Premieres June 7 (check local listings) 

Molly learns about her Grandpa Nat’s dream to climb to the top of Denali – North America’s highest mountain – in honor of the first person to do so, real-life Alaska Native, Walter Harper. Inspired, Molly tries to persuade Grandpa and her dad, a wilderness guide, to make the climb. They agree, but tell Molly she’s too young to make the treacherous journey to the top. Never one to give up, Molly convinces them to let her and Tooey join them on their trek to basecamp and track the climber’s journey. Meanwhile, Trini is busy preparing for another big event: her mom Joy is on leave from the Army and visiting Qyah for the first time! On the eve of the expedition, an unexpected guest shows up – celebrity outdoorsman Mac McFadden, who’s also intent on summitting Denali. By foot and dogsled, they make it to basecamp and learn more about Walter Harper’s trailblazing expedition. But the trip turns perilous when Mac decides to head out on his own during a storm. Trini’s mom, a helicopter pilot, makes a daring rescue, but is it too late for Grandpa to fulfill his dream?   


Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs – Premieres July 12 (check local listings) 

While “creature adventuring” on the African savannah, Chris and Martin observe lots of wild cats and dogs interacting with each other. Soon, Wild Kratts kids are calling in from all over world to ask about wild cats and dogs and whether they’re like their own pets. Zach, who has been secretly listening to all the kids’ questions, comes up with a diabolical scheme to capture and sell these creatures as “special” pets. The bros, Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy race to save the wild animals and help ensure they can continue “living free and in the wild.” 


The new Molly of Denali and Wild Kratts specials will also be available to stream on PBS KIDS digital platforms following their broadcast premiere. In addition, a range of activities and resources will be on tap on PBS KIDS for Parents to further encourage kids and families to make the most of their own fun learning adventures all summer long! 


After a year of remote learning, this summer offers new possibilities as parents, caregivers and educators take the time to regroup and refresh. PBS will offer fun new resources, content, and activities for families and educators, as well as tools to support the social and emotional growth of young children.   


PBS and local stations across the country will offer shows, online resources, and community-based support throughout the summer to engage families and educators.  


On the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, families can tune in to PBS KIDS Family Night every weekend for themed programming, including nature, space, family traditions, arts, friends and neighbors, water, animals, storytelling, and routines. Each of these ten themes was selected to support key learning areas identified by educators and experts and curated to provide flexible play and learn opportunities, while corresponding with supplemental resources and games that will be sent weekly through the PBS KIDS for Parents newsletter.  


And PBS KIDS will encourage families to play their way all summer long with activities and resources on PBS KIDS for Parents – from a summer activity book featuring scavenger hunts to a summer checklist. Kids can also find curated game collections on and video playlists on the PBS KIDS Video app and the PBS KIDS YouTube channel


PBS KIDS Read-Alongs, which have featured PBS KIDS friends like the Kratt Brothers and special guest readers including Michelle Obama, Christian Robinson, Kristen Bell, Jenna Bush Hager and many others, will continue this summer on PBS KIDS’ Facebook and YouTube.  


For the many educators continuing to teach or preparing for the coming school year, PBS LearningMedia provides two updated collections for summer, including: 

Images and additional programming information are available on PBS PressRoom


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