Spring is here – finally!
Along with the April flowers comes a host of eco-spotlighting TV shows and specials targeted at all age ranges. They make for entertaining, and sometimes very serious, viewing designed to bring awareness about our surroundings.
PBS kids offers up special outdoor-themed episodes in Wild Kratts and Arthur. On Monday, April 7, Season 3 of Wild Kratts kicks off with the brothers discovering hermit crabs and shells on the beach. And during the week of April 21, Arthur episodes will all be centered around outdoor themes. (Check local listings for times.)
Fans of Cyberchase (and we, at Parents’ Choice, have lauded the show many times throughout the years for its math-based storylines), will want to catch the premiere of The Cyberchase Movie, a one-hour special airing in mid-April (Check local listings). The tale involves a slime geyser, some upset monkeys and more. Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez lends his voice as a junior ranger named Ollie. Environmental and math topics are explored in the adventure.
PBS is also launching a new WGBH Web series called Plum Landing, featuring outdoor themed episodes on Earth Day, April 22. The series centers around a video game designer/alien named Plum from Planet Blorb and her five Earthling friends, who embark on an epic exploration of Earth. The website will feature animated stories, games, live-action videos with science activities and more, aimed at six to nine year olds.
For adults and teens viewers, Showtime is kicking off a new nine-episode docu-series, Years of Living Dangerously, on April 13 at 10 p.m. Executive-produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the series enlisted a slew of movie stars, including Harrison Ford, Matt Damon and Olivia Munn to explore and interview scientists about climate change. Topic including wildfires, Hurricane Sandy, drought in the Middle East and global warming. Warning: This could be upsetting as the teams report on some heroic and heartbreaking events.
And when you’re done setting your DVR for all these shows, go outside and play!