Doc McStuffins Popular Among Preschoolers

Doc McStuffins has acquired a large amount of young viewers in its first season on the air.   According to adage.com, “Doc McStuffins”  has even surpassed  “Dora the Explorer ” in the number of viewers in the age group 2 to 5 years-old.   This is a huge accomplishment for the animated television series that airs on the newly formed Disney Junior television stations.  For years “Dora the Explorer” had a steady hold on that young age group, but it seems as though “Doc McStuffins”  has been able to be a strong competitor.     “Dora the Explorer” airs on the Nickelodeon stations throughout the week and has been around for 12 years and is still a favorite among preschoolers.     Although the “Dora the Explorer” has lost the top spot that does mean the programming is going anyway.  Nickelodeon continues to have a strong amount of viewers.      We will have to see the long-term results that will happen over time.     One thing we can say is that Dora and Doc McStuffins are great characters for children to watch on television, and there is definitely enough room for both of them

Fresh Beat Band Sold Out Tour Adds More Dates

Preschoolers and their parents have something to smile about now that the sold out Fresh Beat Band concert tour has added more cities and dates.     The Fresh Beat Band has aired on Nickelodeon for 3 seasons and features a group of musicians (Kiki, Marina, Shout, and Twist) .  The show is full of singing, dancing and playing instruments.  There are plenty of songs that catchy and fun that makes preschoolers wants to dance.

Many of the songs that the Fresh Band sings in the television show will also performed during the live tour.  Parents can visit the Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert website for concert information.

Saturday Morning for Preschoolers on NBC

NBC teamed up with PBS Sprout to create a block Saturday morning programming geared toward kids.   NBC has officially named the time block NBC Kids.  NBC kids will show several shows that are currently airing on the Sprout show.  The line-up includes: “The Wiggles,” Sprout’s “Noodle & Doodle,” Jim Henson’s “Pajanimals,” “Poppy Cat,” “Justin Time,” as well as the popular “LazyTown,.”  Is this the beginning of NBC’s venture into their own children’s channel?  Maybe.  Several stations like Nickelodeon and Disney started airing the “junior” version of their shows on certain time blocks of their established stations before venturing out and creating a distinct “junior” station:   Nick Jr. television station has been around for several years, and the Disney Junior station started airing this March.    But, for the time being children can watch NBC Kids on Saturday morning starting July 7th.

One of the Best Ni Hao, Kai-lan Cakes

It seems that since all these reality shows that document cake makers began to air on television the overall design people have wanted from their children’s birthday cake has seen increase in quality and workmanship. Cakes overall have generally seen a great improvement in artistry.

Here is one cake that is beautifully designed Ni Hao Kai-lan cake. This is a fun and beautifully decorated two layer cake. To adorn the cake there is Ni Hao, Kai-lan cake topper sitting on the apex of the cake. There are also handmade flowers, clouds, and a Sun. This should be an inspiration to all those wishing to make their own Ni Hao, Kai-lan cake.

SpongeBob SquarePants Named Favorite Cartoon at the Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards


SpongeBob SquarePants
 was named best cartoon at this year Kid Choice Awards.  The award show was hosted by Jack Black and included many different celebrity performances, of course with a youthful them.  One performance was done by Big Time Rush .

SpongeBob SquarePants "Clash of Triton," with guest stars Victoria Beckham, Sebastian Bach and John O' Hurley (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon)

Nickelodeon stars and music group Big Time Rush were joined onstage by surprise guest Snoop Dogg to perform their current single “Boyfriend,” off their newly-certified Gold debut album BTR.  One lucky winner from Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Big Time Sweepstakes” lived it up “big time” as she was escorted to the awards by Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan.  Willow Smith made an aerial entrance as the mosh pit moved and grooved to her hit songs “21st Century Girl” and “Whip My Hair” and even KCA winner Eddie Murphy got in on the musical action as he led the audience in an impromptu “Happy Birthday” song to himself.

Team Umizoomi and Yo Gabba Gabba! among Nick Preschool Shows with New Episodes

Nickelodeon has put in its request for several preschool shows.  Some are new to the Nickelodeon network this season and others are shows that have been around for several different seasons.  Among the shows are: Team Umizoomi, which teaches children many different math concepts;  Bubble Guppies, a new musical show that teaches many different kindergarten readiness concepts; Dora the Explorer, a classic show that teaches many different preschool skills and Spanish;   The Fresh Beat Band, a fairly new show that teaches music appreciation  ; Yo Gabba Gabba! ; Max and Ruby ; and Olivia.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Includes Many Children Favorites

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has always been a fun event adults and kids.  There are many different characters from popular children television shows.   The parade will air Thanksgiving Day on NBC from 9 am till noon

Dora the Explorer Float

Dora the Explorer will be there with a special Holiday parade float.

Latina heroine Dora the Explorer is returning to the Parade on a brand new float.  The colorful float features Dora, one of the most iconic preschool characters in the world, and a 12-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with dazzling ornaments and some very special gifts.  Dora and her friends will showcase their most recent adventure, where they teach their friend Swiper the true spirit of the holidays. As with every Dora adventure, there are lessons to be learned and the new float features elements of Swiper’s future if he doesn’t learn the true spirit of the season.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Balloon

See the new Diary of A Wimpy Kid balloon take flight this Thanksgiving. At 60-feet long, 25-feet wide, and 56-feet tall, “wimpy” is not the right word to describe this balloon behemoth. From the look on his face, we have a feeling Greg will be writing about this holiday experience just as soon as he makes it to the Parade finish line.

Kung Fu Panda Balloon

At more than 16,000 cubic feet of helium, Po from Kung Fu Panda™ is truly a larger-than-life master of the ancient Chinese art of Kung Fu. Designed by the magicians at Macy’s Parade Studio, Po is created with the help of more than half a mile of fabric and is covered in 17 gallons of paint. For his Parade debut, Po the Panda measures 42-feet tall, 46-feet long, and 34-feet wide, giving him the scale to take giant leaps down the route, poised to deliver his signature martial arts moves along the way.

iCarly

Star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly and teen sensation Miranda Cosgrove will be riding aboard the Statue of Liberty float accompanied by the endearingly mischievous Minions, in support of Despicable Me’s Blu-ray/DVD release on Dec. 14.

Big Time Rush

Nickelodeon/Columbia Records group Big Time Rush — Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Logan Henderson — will perform their current hit “Til I Forget About You” on the Bridge to the Future float.

Victorious

Nickelodeon’s newest rising teen star, Victoria Justice, will perform “Freak the Freak Out,” an original song from her hit comedy Victorious, on the Build-A-Bear Workshop®’s float.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Pop-culture icon and eternal optimist SpongeBob SquarePants will make his sixth appearance when he takes a special holiday trip to soak up the sights and sounds of the New York City. Based on the number-one animated kids’ show on TV, the SpongeBob balloon will absorb more than 16,200 cubic feet of helium to fly down the route.  Although it may appear square, the SpongeBob balloon isn’t square at all; it is actually a single chamber sphere, made intricately square-shaped by more than 600 internal tie-lines. Looking dapper as always, SpongeBob stands at 62-feet high, 38-feet wide and 28-feet long.

Samuri Power Rangers

The most successful kids’ action series returns with a bang when the Samurai Power Rangers descend upon the streets of New York. Utilizing their Samurai powers, which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth, the Rangers will embark on their first journey together as they escort the Planet Earth balloon through the streets of Manhattan.

Some of the other characters in floats will include:

Some of the Floats will be

  • Snoopy’s Dog House
  • Smurf Mushroom House

So there are a lot of performances, floats, and  balloons for children to look forward to seeing during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Jack Black Guest Star’s on iCarly

Jack Black makes his way to iCarly for the iCarly television movie “iStart a Fan War,” premiering Friday, Nov. 19, at 8:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon.  Jack Black is no stranger to the Nickelodeon television network: he has hosted the Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice  Awards twice; he also made a guest appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba!  

The guest appearance on iCarly will allow Jack Black to be reunited with his School of Rock co-star Miranda Crosgrove.    In their latest collaboration, “iStart a Fan War,” Black stars as “Aspartamay,” Spencer’s online video game rival who challenges him to lyrical duel in the Comic-Con-inspired special.

Big Time Rush has Big Time Album Release

Big Time Rush’s album #3

Big Time Rush’s first album , BTR, debuted  at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.  Big Time Rush is a teen and tween hit that appears on Nickelodeon.  The boy band featured on the show is trying to make in Hollywood and still have normal lives.  Music featured on the show has been included in the debut album. 

 Big time Rush Live Appearances

Big Time Rush will be making several live appearances to promote their album at several major cities. 

Big Time Rush will continue their 13 market promo tour on October 25, with an in-store signing event at the FYE in the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal Citywalk.  Other cities on the schedule include San Francisco, Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Details on Big Time Rush events can be found on BTRband.com.

SpongeBob the Business Expert

Aol.com has an article titled: 5 Things SpongeBob SquarePants Can Teach You About Business.  Much of this young generation is familiar with SpongeBob SquarePants and his place in Pop culture has been sealed.  He is now used to pass out business advice.  The article is interesting and provides some insightful points.  If he were real, I doubt he would ever receive  his honorary doctorate from Harvard Business School, but he is a hard working sponge.