The Australian music group, The Wiggles, has been entertaining millions of children around the world for over 20 years. This year, they’re announcing three new cast members, including the first female Wiggle. Emma Watkins joins as the Yellow Wiggle, Lachlan Gillespie as the Purple Wiggle, and Simon Pryce as the Red Wiggle. Anthony Field, the founder of the The Wiggles, remains as the Blue Wiggle.
To introduce the new Wiggles, the quartet is on an international tour called “Taking Off!” and they will visit 35 U.S. cities starting in August. In addition to the tour, the group has also released a new CD and DVD. (To find a concert in your local area, click after the jump for confirmed tour dates.)
Watch a video of the new Wiggles performing “Do the Propeller!”, a song from their CD:
The power of friendship, adventure and reading could soon be coming to a city near you!
The popular Emmy-nominated preschool TV series Super WHY! recently announced dates for an upcoming live tour “Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power!” Written by the show’s creator Angela Santomero (also the creator of Blue’s Clues), the show features music produced by guitarist Jack Antonoff, of the Grammy Award-winning band fun. Kids (and parents too!) will love dancing and singing along with the cast of superhero characters plucked from the pages of classic storybook favorites, as they heroically take on challenges in the name of literature.
The tour kicks off April 2nd in Seattle, and will travel to 27 cities around the country in April and May.
With summer vacation just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking up fun activities to fend off the inevitable “I’m bored” whining. Enter Kids Bowl Free, a bowling program in which hundred of alleys across the US (and Canada) allow children to play two games a day—gratis—all summer long. Better still, the program is already up and running for the season in some locations. To register for a pass and find a participating bowling center near you (as well as get program dates, times, and age requirements, which vary by location), visit kidsbowlfree.com.
Vampires, werewolves, and aliens, oh my! It’s getting a little freaky at the box office this weekend. Your kids might beg to see the uber-hyped–and unintentionally funny–Twilight: New Moon (rated PG 13). Some moms might even consider it–you know who you are (I’m Team Jacob, BTW). But the animated alien adventure, Planet 51 (rated PG), is probably the safer supernatural bet for families with younger kids.
If your kid’s a die-hard Dora fan, she’ll go crazy for a personalized “Dora, Diego and Me” DVD. After digitally inserting your child’s image and name, she’ll be able to see herself co-starring alongside her favorite characters, tagging along on a jungle adventure, flying across zip lines through the rain forest and jumping waves on water skis. But your kid’s 15 minutes of fame (well, actually 25 minutes) doesn’t end there. She’ll also hear Dora call her by name (which is not something to be taken lightly with the 5-and-under crowd. Consider it equivalent to Johnny Depp uttering your moniker.) Just keep your fingers crossed that all the fame doesn’t go to your little explorer’s head! Who knows what she’ll start demanding…
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is around the corner—literally, it’s next week. I have a particular fondness for autumn crafts, when kids can run into the backyard to gather their supplies (sticks, pinecones, bark, etc.).
This post is brought to you by the letters H and S and the numbers 4 and 0 for Happy 40th, Sesame Street!!! That’s right–everyone’s favorite preschool TV program has hit middle age, which means most of you reading this also watched the show growing up. And to celebrate this awesome anniversary, you can share some of the greatest moments with your kids, thanks to Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days.