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

Everything you love about PBS KIDS!

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WGBY Kids Fan Day brings your favorite PBS Kids characters to life. Proceeds benefit educational public television in western England. Free kid-sized ice cream with each ticket, courtesy of Friendly's.


At WGBY Kids Fan Day, children get to meet (and hug!) some of their favorite characters. In 2019, PBS Kids visitors include:

  • Curious George
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (courtesty of the Springfield Museums)

PLUS! Dress up in PBS Kids-themed costumes and join a Costume Parade.


Families can tap their toes to PBS KIDS-inspired music performed by live performers in the theatre.


The Odyssey Bookshop and R. Michelson Galleries presented a “pop-up bookshop,” showcasing children’s literature and original artwork. See hand-drawn renderings of Arthur by Marc Brown, and explore the stories enjoyed by millions of children worldwide.

Plus! Meet local children’s writers and illustrators.


PBS Kids show-themed Activity stations are set up throughout the venue. Each station is hosted by an education-focused community or cultural partner. 2019s stations include:

Additional stations (and cultural/community partners) included:


Attendees watch an episode of the brand new PBS Kids show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, and the new Clifford the Big Red Dog before they premiere on WGBY this fall! Based on the children’s book series Ordinary People Change the World by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos, Xavier Riddle introduces kids to inspiring historical figures and the character virtues that helped them succeed.

“At PBS KIDS, we always want children to see themselves in our characters,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum aligns with this commitment, showing kids that they can be change-makers through the relatable stories of history’s most iconic figures. We hope that it will help kids across America discover that anyone can change the world.”


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.