My kids- BOTH of them- the ten and the six year old- are enamored with Curious George and his very curious sometimes rambunctious, but always tinged with an open heart ways. Actually to be perfectly honest I am head-over heels for this monkey. We have a trunk load of books, whose pages are yellowed and slightly frayed- and yet my son will never say no to a marathon book reading of any and or all of them. And then of course there is the completely fabulous they were able to seamlessly bring the book to life from its one dimensional pages onscreen at PBS Kids.
So when my kids and I were invited to a day with the lovable monkey himself and an opportunity to hear about his brand spanking new PBS KIDS CURIOUS GEORGE Holiday Spectacular, a special on-air event that promises to be a new holiday family tradition– well of course we said YES! So what will this new Curious George Holiday Spectacular entail?
On Wednesday, November 23, PBS KIDS will feature a three-movie on-air event that is sure to be a new family tradition: the Holiday Spectacular kicks off with Curious George, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore and Dick Van Dyke, as well as the music of Jack Johnson, followed by Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. Encore presentations of the Holiday Spectacular will air on PBS KIDS throughout Thanksgiving weekend (check local listings). Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. In A Very Monkey Christmas, Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.
And while you are adding new holiday film traditions to your family’s repertoire- PBS offers these Tips to create meaningful traditions for the family such as:
1) Write an annual letter to your child. The holidays are an appropriate time to mark your child’s growth with a special message that will be cherished for a lifetime. Seal letters and store them in a keepsake box until they are old enough to read and enjoy them.
2) Do a Secret Santa gift exchange for charity. Turn the tables this year. Instead of buying a present, make a donation or spend time volunteering for a charity of the giftee’s choice.
3) Make a family walk an annual event. Walking is a great way to spend time with each other, and work off those extra gingerbread cookies! Set aside time â€” even if it’s 30 minutes â€” to get outside and stretch your legs with the family.
4) Leave a legacy that lasts (and helps the environment). Each New Year’s Day, plant a tree in honor of your child(ren). Hold a special ceremony in which everyone in the family plays a part in planting that year’s tree, and take lots of pictures, both when the tree is planted and over the years as it grows.
5) Take part in a community service project as a family. Designate a day that will be devoted to serving others in your community.
6) Select a recipe and make it a tradition to make it together as a family, giving each family member a task in preparing it. In honor of the CURIOUS GEORGE Holiday Spectacular, make monkey bread or a banana dessert.
Now go and monkey around!!