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WGBY Kids Fan Day

2019 WGBY Kids Fan Day at the BBall Hall of Fame, Springfield

“It’s Like a Comic Book Convention for PBS KIDS”

2019 WGBY Kids Fan Day
Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Springfield, MA

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Tickets will be available at the event.

Join us Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of PBS KIDS fun with live character visits from Curious George, and Clifford the Big Red Dog along with the Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in downtown Springfield!

It’s like a comic book convention for PBS Kids, with everything from PBS KIDS-themed costumes and activities to live music, children’s books and art. Proceeds benefit educational public television in western New England. Each ticket comes with a free kid-sized iced cream courtesy of Friendly's. Get Tickets »

Children and families can play and learn with PBS Kids-themed activity stations hosted by a dozen education-focused community partners. Stations include arts, crafts, interactive games, and musical explorations. See a List of Fan Day Activities »

Get ready to meet, hug, and take photos with PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog along with the Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat. Tell Your Friends on Facebook »

Mister G and the Beyond Borders/Mariposa Project will present two live shows at the WGBY KIDS Fan Day. 

Ben Gundersheimer is a graduate of Amherst College and the Berklee College of Music. He has released ten albums as 'Mister G' and received numerous accolades including a Latin GRAMMY Award and five Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. He tours internationally performing in both English and Spanish.  Earlier this year he published his first book, “Señorita Mariposa,” a captivating look at the annual migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, which aims to help children learn about climate change and immigration issues. Copies of the dual-language book will be available for purchase courtesy of the Odyssey Bookshop, and Mr. G will be on hand for signing.

WGBY KIDS Fan Day attendees will have the chance to watch a special advance screening of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, draw with Chris Eliopoulos, its Co-creator, Executive Producer and Illustrator. Inspired by the best-selling kids book series, Ordinary People Change the World, the show follows the adventures of Xavier, Yadina, and Brad as they tackle everyday problems by traveling back in time to learn from real-life inspirational figures when they were kids. Odyssey Bookshop will host a book signing for Eliopoulos’ Ordinary People Change the World.

“I’m so excited to visit Springfield so I can share our new PBS KIDS series with the fans of WGBY,” says Chris Eliopoulos. “Every historical hero in our series was once a kid like you and me. It’s important for our kids to see that they can be heroes, too, by learning character skills such as kindness, persevering in the face of adversity, and making and accomplishing goals. From the time I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a cartoonist and worked hard at it every day. Now I get to use my skills on the series to show kids that anyone can accomplish amazing things and change the world!”

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum premieres on WGBY Monday, November 11 at 9 a.m.

See original drawings from some of the best storytellers in children's literature. Odyssey Bookshop and R. Michelson Galleries present children's literature and illustrations. Plus, meet local children’s writers and illustrators, and visit our pop-up bookstore.

CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine, WGBH, and Universal. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. Television Series: © 2017. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. ABCmouse.com is a proud sponsor of Curious George® on PBS KIDS®. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. MOLLY OF DENALI, TM/© 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM: XR 1 Productions Inc. PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. All rights reserved; THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! © 2015, CITH Productions Inc.and Red Hat Animation Ltd. Underlying characters © 1957, 1985 Dr. Suess Enterprises LP.