ACTIVITIES AT THE GRAND OPENING OF
9 a.m. PBS KIDS Backyard Ribbon Cutting
9:30 a.m. – 11a.m.
Autographs and Photos with Mr. McFeely
Complimentary, commemorative photos with walkaround characters including: Arthur®, The Berenstain Bears®, Caillou®, Cassie™ from Dragon Tales™, Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Digit™ from Cyberchase™, Jay Jay the Jet Plane™, Leona™ from Between the Lions™, Mr. McFeely™ from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood®, Noddy™ from Make Way for Noddy™, the Noo-noo™ from Teletubbies™, Piggley Winks™ from Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks™ and Zoboo™ from Zoboomafoo
In addition, folks will be able to sign up for the WQED Kids’ Club, and find out about the new Kids’ Club Contest “How Is WQED Part of Your Family?” while visiting the backyard. For more information, log on to www.wqedkids.org.
WQED’s own Chris Fennimore, host of QED Cooks and Rick Sebak, producer of the Pittsburgh History Series will also be stopping by during the day.
As part of a cause–marketing alliance, PBS KIDS® has partnered with The Mills Corporation, a leading developer of entertainment and retail destinations, to open PBS KIDS Backyards across the country. The PBS KIDS Backyard at Pittsburgh Mills is the third in the country; the previous Backyards opened at St. Louis Mills in 2003, and Cincinnati, Ohio in 2004, with estimates of 200,000 mall visitors during opening weekend. The Backyard is not a store, but an educational environment that provides a fun place for families to play, learn and explore together. The destination supports PBS KIDS’ educational goals and objectives to develop the whole child – the cognitive, emotional, social and physical. It is free and open to the public.
Upon entering the PBS KIDS Backyard, children will be greeted by a life-size
Big Bird sculpture and a series of play events incorporated into and surrounding
the iconic PBS KIDS tree house. Children will have the opportunity to
play educational games from PBS KIDS online at computer stations in the
online garden and spend time building their literary skills in other activity
areas. The Share-A-Story Theater will host PBS KIDS
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