Monday, July 6, 2009

Between the Lions Tour

Those lovable lions are at it again! Between the Lions characters Theo, Cleo, and their clever cubs, Lionel and Leona, not only have an Emmy Award–winning series on PBS KIDS: now they’re hitting the road. This summer, these literacy-loving lions are traveling to five cities across the United States to entertain and educate fans with their live interactive shows. Bringing all the aspects of the TV show to life with stories, songs, sounds of letters, and clever wordplay, it’s guaranteed to have your little ones roaring with laughter.

Between the Lions will visit local libraries, museums, zoos, and other family-friendly venues. “The Lions love meeting their fans and can’t wait to have a blast reading and learning together,” says Judy Stoia, Executive Producer of Between the Lions at WGBH Boston. “And don’t be surprised if another character or two from the series pops up during the show,” adds Chris Cerf, Executive Producer for Sirius Thinking, a co-producer of the series. “They all cherish the opportunity to meet kids from around the country.”

Portland and Seattle Tour, July 15–19, 2009
Cleo and Lionel can hardly wait to hop on a plane to the West Coast for the first leg of the Roadshow. From July 15–19, the mother-son duo visits Portland for appearances at the Oregon Zoo (July 15), Midland Library (July 15), and Lake Oswego Public Library (July 16). While in Portland, they will also take time to visit Self Enhancement, Inc., to perform for the children of The Salvation Army's West Women’s and Children’s Center and surrounding communities (July 16, by invitation only). Then they pack their bags for Seattle, where they will perform at the Bellevue Regional Library (July 17), Woodland Park Zoo (July 18), KCTS 9 Studios (July 19), and Imagine Children’s Museum (July 19).

Want to join in the fun? No tickets are necessary for the Roadshow, and the shows are free. However, it is first-come, first-served, so get there early. Also, please keep in mind that even though the performance is free, there will be an admission fee when the show is at a museum, a zoo, or any location that normally charges admission. More details are available online at http://pbskids.org/lions/parentsteachers/help/.

Can’t make the show but still want to have some fun? Check out the Between the Lions website at http://pbskids.org/lions. This is one of the most entertaining, interactive sites on the net. Kids will have hours of fun hearing, seeing, and reading stories, watching video clips like “Dance Smarty Pants” (which actually teaches the children to do a funky dance), playing games like “Monkey Match” (which builds memory skills), solving puzzles, colouring pages, and so much more. Learning has never been so much fun! Even though Between the Lions was created to help children ages three through seven, it’s so lively that parents will want to join in on the excitement, too.

So what are you still lion around for? Go see all the fun they’re having over at Between the Lions today.

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