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PBS KIDSpiration: September, 2017

Got kids? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite programs and ideas for family fun happening this September.

September 1, 2017

The September flurry is here, as the slow days of summer ramp up into the back-to-school buzz. New episodes from PBS KIDS are here, too, along with crafts and tasty treats to welcome the harvest. Read on for your PBS KIDSpiration!


Tune into the KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7 channel or stream it online for educational PBS KIDS content all day, every day! Or, watch on the PBS KIDS Video App or PBS KIDS YouTube channel. Games are available on the PBS KIDS Games App and on the PBS KIDS site.

PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night

Fridays at 4:00 p.m. on air and online

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King Daniel for a Day on KCTS 9
Premieres Monday, Sept. 4, at 9:30 a.m.

Here ye, here ye! We have a royal announcement! Daniel Tiger becomes king! On his royal mission, Daniel discovers that the most important part of being king is being kind to his neighbors.

And don’t miss new episodes of Sesame Street, Peg + Cat and Splash & Bubbles.

The Ruff Ruffman Show
Returns Sept. 28
This series of video-shorts, digital and real-world games plus activities stars canine-host extraordinaire Ruff Ruffman. Targeting kids ages 4–8, it encourages kids to think, talk, act and feel like scientists! Videos and games will be available on the various PBS KIDS platforms linked above. 

Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday on KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7
Friday, Sept. 1 at 4:00 p.m.
D.W.’s birthday didn’t go as planned, leading to some disappointment. Help your kids explore feelings with this Arthur family activity.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood marathon
Sept. 8 at 4:00 p.m.
Daniel and his friends are exploring their neighborhood. Get started by driving the Trolley around the neighborhood all by yourself (virtually, of course).

Peg + Cat Save the World
Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Peg and Cat are pretty heroic… they’re saving the world! Have some heroic fun and play Super Peg + Cat Guy.

Dinosaur Train: Zeppelin Adventure & Submarine Adventure
Sept. 22 at 4:00 p.m.
What’s a Zeppelin but a big balloon? Try this at-home DIY balloon project from PBS Parents.

Splash & Bubbles marathon
Sept. 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Before the big night, start an underwater adventure with this DIY Plastic-Bag Jellyfish activity from PBS Parents.


Fresh apple cake

Nothing says autumn quite like the perfect pairing of apple and cinnamon. Apple cake is perfect to make for dessert or breakfast after a day of apple picking. 

Back-to-school crafts

The first day of school is almost here! Get into the back-to-school spirit with fun crafts to help keep you organized all year long, including paper clip bookmarks, colorful lunch bags and more.

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day!
Sunday, Sept. 10

Honor the grandpa and grandma with these ideas for celebrating grandparents and Great Books About Grandparents.


Get out in nature!
Get outside and explore Washington State Parks for free on Sept. 30
National Public Lands Day. 


Help kids learn routines with Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night app

Perfect for getting in the back-to-school groove! Learn about morning and bedtime routines as kids help Daniel get ready for school or bed through imaginative play and songs. Features games about routines, sing-along songs and a musical timer to help keep routines on track.

Just for parents

On the air

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television premieres Sept. 27 at 3:00 p.m.

Chris Kimball returns to KCTS 9 this month with an all-new cooking show seeking to change how Americans cook by bringing fresher, bolder and simpler ways of preparing food. Chris and his test cooks search the world over looking for the best recipes and find home cooks who can teach better ways to prepare a meal at home.

Bonus: get tickets to see Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Live!


Back-to-school resources:



Both kids and parents will giggle over this Despacito parody by Sesame Street, El Patito featuring Ernie and Rubber Duckie.


Shaylan Frazee-McClellan

Shaylan has worked in public media for over a decade. She finds joy in exploring the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of her two small children. She has a passion for children's media, cooking, photography and writing about her adventures. Follow her on Twitter @shaylanfrazee. More stories by Shaylan Frazee-McClellan