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There are so many fun PBS Kids activities

Get ready for a day of family fun at WGBY’s Love for Learning PBS Kids Fan Fair on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Three Rooms of Family Fun

Get the most out of your Fan Fair visit by making sure to visit all of the event’s spaces:

  • Center Court — Activity Stations Celebrating PBS Kids
  • Concourse — Meet Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators
  • Theatre — Watch Screenings of Splash & Bubbles and Dinosaur Train

Meet Curious George, Buddy & Others

Enjoy a visit with a few of your favorite friends.

  • Curious George (Fan Fair at Center Court)
    • 10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
    • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    • 12:45-1:15 p.m.
    • 1:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Buddy from Dinosaur Train (Fan Fair at Center Court)
    (with the Jurassic Roadshow)
    • 11:15–11:45 a.m.
    • 12:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
    • 1:15–1:45 p.m.
    • 2:15–2:45 p.m.
  • The Cat in the Hat
    • 12:30–2 p.m. during the Costume Parade
  • Michelangelo from Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles (Fan Fair at Center Court)
    • TIMES TBD

Costume Parade at 12:30–2 p.m.

Event attendees are encouraged to come dressed (optional) as their favorite PBS Kids character. Parade around at 12:30 p.m. with all the other characters. Children who come dressed in PBS Kids-inspired outfits can enter for a chance to win a PBS Playtime Pad.  Learn about the Playtime Pad »

EXPLORE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Join children's book authors and illustrators as they conduct group sessions in the theater:

  • 10:30 a.m.
    Tony DiTerlizzi
    — Join this author/illustrator as he talks about his own experiences as a child who loved drawing and storytelling. Learn how his childhood experiences led him to write bestselling books for children, including The Spiderwick Chronicles.
  • 11:15 a.m.
    Jeff Mack
    — Did you paint that picture or did you use a computer? Jeff Mack shows you some different, creative ways to make picture book illustrations.
  • 12 Noon
    Angela DiTerlizzi
    — It's time to have "Some Fun," as this author discusses the ways her favorite (and least favorite) childhood memories with furry friends inspired her newest picture book, Some Pets.
  • 12:45 p.m.
    Heidi E.Y. Stemple
    — This author is most definitely *NOT* a real princess, but she does like to write stories about them. But she doesn't like the to write about the princesses you normally read about; she likes princesses who play baseball, ride bikes, dig in the dirt, and get messy. Are you a real princess or prince? If so, come read along with Heidi and her new book, Not All Princesss Wear Pink.
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Jarrett Krosoczka
    — Take a journey through the creative process. From crime-fighting lunch ladies to punk rock farm animals, Krosoczka creates fun, energetic books for both emerging and experienced readers. His latest book takes place in a galaxy far, far away. Jedi Academy: A New Class follows young padawans as they train to become Jedis.
  • 2:15 p.m.
    David A. White
    — All things are possible in art! David is a Western Massachusetts-based artist specializing in designing giant robots (or mecha) for video games and books. When not drawing robots, David illustrates children's books for Scholastic and comics for LEGO Magazine.

Book signings, courtesy of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will take place all day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, the original artwork of local artists will be on display courtesy of R. Michelson Galleries. Artists include Dr. Seuss and Marc Brown.