FEBRUARY 2023 UPDATE: The PBS KIDS schedule is changing again, thanks to the debut of an awesome new show, “Work It Out Wombats!” That means changes are coming to the daily children’s programming we offer on our main channel (antenna 12.1, DirecTV 15, Dish 12, Optimum 4 or livestreaming on PBS.org or the PBS app on iOS, Android, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast).
This last happened in October, but there weren’t a lot of changes. That’s not the case this time. The biggest change is a two-hour reduction in children’s programs every weekday. Previously, KAMU played fun, educational children’s programs from 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Starting Monday, Feb. 6, that changes to 6 a.m.-1 p.m.
However, that’s where our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel comes in – and it’s not going anywhere! If your kids have always loved watching KAMU children’s programming, simply flip over to PBS KIDS, where they’ll find their favorites airing around the clock (the 24/7 channel is available over-the-air on channel 12.3 or on Optimum 18. A 24/7 livestream is also available on PBSKIDS.org or the PBS KIDS Video app on iOS, Android, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, VIZIO SmartCast TV and Chromecast).
Plus, there are additional high-quality PBS KIDS programs available for streaming only through the free PBS KIDS app. Check out our list of additional resources at the end of this article for more details.
Parents: here’s a summary of the changes to expect:
- “Work It Out Wombats!”
- KAMU Schedule Changes (12.1)
- PBS KIDS Schedule Changes (12.3)
- Additional Resources
Work It Out Wombats!
New PBS KIDS show premieres on Feb. 6
Follow a playful trio of marsupial siblings in the new animated preschool series “Work It Out Wombats!” Malik, Zadie and Zeke live in a treehouse apartment complex called the Treeborhood. Each episode includes two, 11-minute stories about the wombats as they discover exciting new challenges that put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test.
“Work It Out Wombats!” joins the KAMU lineup at 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. It also joins the PBS KIDS lineup at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on weekends.
KAMU Schedule Changes (12.1)
- “Molly of Denali” remains at 6 a.m., but now kicks off the morning of kids programming.
- “Alma’s Way” moves from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
- “Wild Kratts” will now start at 7 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m.
- The next three shows will now start 30 minutes earlier than before:
- “Curious George” moves to 7:30 a.m.
- “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” moves to 8 a.m.
- “Rosie’s Rules” moves to 8:30 a.m.
- Classic favorite “Sesame Street” moves up an hour to start at 9 a.m.
- As mentioned, “Work It Out Wombats!” makes its debut at 9:30 a.m.
- “Donkey Hodie” moves back 30 minutes and now airs at 10:00 a.m.
- “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” is one of only two programs that don’t change, staying in its 10:30 a.m. timeslot.
- “Elinor Wonders Why” will now air at 11 a.m. instead of 11:30 a.m.
- “Nature Cat” returns to the schedule with a daily airing at 11:30 a.m.
- In the noon hour, your kids can now enjoy “Hero Elementary” and “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.”
- At 1 p.m., flip to PBS KIDS (12.3 or Optimum 18) to keep the children’s programs coming.
Two programs leave the KAMU weekday schedule. “Arthur” will now air on weekends and “Dinosaur Train” will air on Sundays. However, both programs will continue to air daily on our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and streaming on-demand.
There are not as many changes on weekends. Several shows are staying in their current timeslots.
- “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” continues airing at 5 a.m., now the only time the classic show airs on KAMU.
- “Arthur” remains in its timeslot at 5:30 a.m.
- “Molly of Denali” also remains, still airing at 6 a.m.
- The changes begin at 6:30 a.m. as “Alma’s Way” moves up an hour.
- “Wild Kratts” goes back half an hour to 7 a.m.
- “Curious George” moves up half an hour to 7:30 a.m.
- As mentioned, “Work It Out Wombats!” plays at 8 a.m.
- “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” is another show that doesn’t move, staying at 8:30 a.m.
- “Sesame Street” will now play at 9 a.m.
- “Rosie’s Rules” moves back to 9:30 a.m.
- “Donkey Hodie” moves for the second time, now airing at 10 a.m.
- “Pinkalicious & Peteriffic” remains at 10:30 a.m., which wraps up the Saturday kids schedule.
- The fun continues for one more hour on Sundays, with “Dinosaur Train” at 11 a.m. and “Cyberchase” at 11:30 a.m.
“Hero Elementary” is the only program leaving our KAMU weekend schedule, although it airs on weekdays at noon and on our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel.
PBS Kids Schedule Changes (12.3)
Our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel is adjusting, too. Instead of airing one episode from every series each day, most series will now have two episodes played back-to-back. Plus, we’re taking ages into account with toddler and Pre-K focused content from 6 a.m.-noon, and an after-school focus for older kids from 2-5 p.m.
There’s a lot to look at here. First, here’s what’s different on weekdays:
- “Clifford the Big Red Dog” now kicks off the day at 5 a.m.
- “Elinor Wonders Why” airs next at 5:30 a.m.
- “Dinosaur Train” airs at 6 a.m.
- Here’s where the back-to-back plays begin. “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” plays at 6:30 and 7 a.m.
- “Sesame Street” airs at 7:30 and 8 a.m.
- New episodes of the two newest PBS KIDS series air at 8:30 and 9 a.m., starting with “Work It Out Wombats!” followed by “Rosie’s Rules.”
- The back-to-back plays continue for the rest of the morning, starting with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” at 9:30 and 10 a.m.
- “Curious George” is next at 10:30 and 11 a.m.
- “Donkey Hodie” wraps up the first half of the day with airings at 11:30 a.m. and noon.
- The afternoon begins with a second hour of the newest shows, with “Work It Out Wombats!” going first at 12:30 p.m. and “Rosie’s Rules” following it at 1 p.m.
- Back-to-back airings of “Alma’s Way” come your way at 1:30 and 2 p.m.
- “Nature Cat” comes next at 2:30 and 3 p.m.
- “Arthur” airs at 3:30 and 4 p.m.
- One episode of “Odd Squad” airs at 4:30 p.m.
- The daytime schedule ends at 5 and 5:30 p.m. with episodes of “Wild Kratts.”
- That leads into the PBS KIDS evening schedule, which includes “Molly of Denali,” “Hero Elementary,” “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” “Let’s Go Luna!” and the only PBS KIDS airing of “Cyberchase.”
“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Peg + Cat” and “Super WHY!” are no longer on the PBS KIDS weekday schedule, but all will air on weekends.
There’s more variety on the weekends, with only a few series seeing back-to-back airings.
- “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” moves from the 5 a.m. weekday slot to the 5 a.m. weekend slot.
- “Sid the Science Kid” and “Super WHY!” remain at 5:30 and 6 a.m.
- “Peg + Cat” moves to weekends and airs at 6:30 a.m.
- Catch “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” at 7 a.m.
- “Alma’s Way” moves to 7:30 a.m.
- The 8 a.m. show will continue to be “Sesame Street.”
- New show “Work It Out Wombats!” slots in at 8:30 a.m.
- “Rosie’s Rules” follows at 9 a.m.
- The 9:30 and 10 a.m. show is the same on weekends as it is during the week: back-to-back episodes of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”
- 10:30 and 11 a.m. see second airings of “Work It Out Wombats!” and “Rosie’s Rules.”
- The 11:30 a.m. and noon show is another repeat of the weekday schedule: back-to-back episodes of “Donkey Hodie.”
- “Curious George” takes the 12:30 p.m. timeslot.
- “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” moves to 1 p.m.
- “Hero Elementary” doesn’t play on weekends on KAMU, but will on PBS KIDS at 1:30 p.m.
- “Nature Cat” returns to the weekend schedule at 2 p.m.
- “Arthur” keeps its mid-afternoon airing at 2:30 p.m.
- “Molly of Denali” goes from two airings to just one at 3 p.m.
- “Odd Squad” and “Wild Kratts” move back 30 minutes to 3:30 and 4 p.m.
- “Let’s Go Luna” plays at 4:30 p.m.
- “Ready Jet Go!” ends the afternoon at 5 p.m.
These programs will no longer air on PBS KIDS on weekends:
- “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” will no longer air on PBS KIDS, now airing once at 5 a.m. on weekends on KAMU.
- “Elinor Wonders Why,” “Dinosaur Train” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog” move from weekends to early mornings on weekdays.
- “Cyberchase” now airs just twice: weekdays on PBS KIDS at 7 p.m. and Sundays on KAMU at 11:30 a.m.
When these schedules last changed in October 2022, four programs were moved to on-demand streaming only.
- “Splash and Bubbles”
- “Martha Speaks”
No new programs join this list. However, many series will be airing fewer episodes than before.
If your kids are missing episodes of their favorite shows, pull up the PBS KIDS website on your computer, phone or tablet, or the PBS KIDS Video app on your iOS or Android devices or Kindle tablet. Your kids can watch episodes of their favorite shows on-demand. Plus, the PBS KIDS Video app even allows several shows to be downloaded for your convenience.
KAMU appreciates the loyal support and loves bringing fun, educational programming to children of all ages. This schedule update will remain available to view whenever you have questions. You can also visit our PBS KIDS schedule page if you’re looking for a specific program or a single day’s schedule.
Additionally, our Diverse Language and Learning page has lots of fun coloring pages you can print out for your kids. Plus, the PBS KIDS website has fun games for all ages. And parents, there’s a website for you, too, full of PBS KIDS resources to help your children grow, learn and thrive.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Mister Rogers