Families

Katie Cook / WKAR

A new report finds that only one in eight Michigan children who are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year are participating in summer meal programs.  That means nearly 500,000 children are not accessing summer meals.  

Michigan's Children photo
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One of the few issues to find bipartisan support in the Michigan legislature last year were bills that proposed changes to the state’s child welfare system, which has come under fire for safety and timeliness issues in the past several years. We talk to Sen. Rick Jones, a sponsor of the changes to the Foster Care and Adoption Services Act, as well as CEO of the advocacy group Michigan’s Children, Matt Gillard.


Curious George at WKAR
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

Fri. Oct. 2 | Look for PBS Kids' favorite Curious George and more of your favorite WKAR TV and radio personalities in the MSU Homecoming Parade

Ready to Learn with WKAR and Fenner

Jul 17, 2015
PBS

August 1, 10am-noon | Join Fenner Nature Center and WKAR for this FREE Family Fun Workshop.

Sept. 14 is WKAR PBS Kids Day!

Sep 2, 2014

Sunday, September 14, from 1 to 4 PM at the Capital Area District Library.

Two women packaging books
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

WKAR is proud to announce the distribution of free early-learning books to children in mid-Michigan, thanks to a generous donation from Carson-Dellosa Publishing to PBS KIDS.

Fighting The Summer Slump Is Twice as Fun with PBS KIDS!

Sesame Street Live - WKAR Kids Club Event

May 12, 2014
WKAR-MSU

A team of students from Homer High School has been selected as winner of the "It's Not Okay–Kids Against Bullying Video Contest." The winning entry was announced March 19 at an award ceremony at WKAR on MSU's campus.

WKAR and area schools held the video creation contest for mid-Michigan teens in an effort to raise awareness about bullying and to let young people's voices be heard on this important topic. Each team produced a 30-second video that shows how one can reach out to help people who need support against bullying.

March 16, 1-3:30pm | Enjoy children's activities, storytelling, and meet your favorite storybook characters: Curious George, Splat the Cat, Library Mouse, Ladybug Girl and Froggy.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 | WKAR-TV turns 60 years old in January 2014, and WKAR Kids' Club and Impression 5 Science Center are celebrating!

Anthony Cepak / WKAR

It was great to see so many fans and families at WKAR PBS Kids Day this past Sunday when Daniel Tiger, Martha the Dog and Curious George visited the Capital Area District Library for a free day of activities.

Rough Play, Joyful Chaos

Sep 23, 2013

This is another in a series of articles for families from Michigan State University Extension.

Would you like to engage your child in a type of play that supports a broad range of physical development skills, language skills and social skills?  Try giving her a chance for rough play. 

Sometimes called rough-and-tumble play or horseplay, rough play used to be looked down on as the “bad boy” of play for young children.  But, researchers are finding that this type of very physical interaction between children can be very beneficial as well as enjoyable.

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2

Sep 9, 2013

This is the second in a series of Kitchen Chemistry articles with activities you can do with your child at home.

Plant a Seed

Supplies Required: Beans, paper towel, zippered plastic bag, water

Directions: Place damp paper towel in zippered plastic bag, add beans along the side. Zip shut and tape to a window in a sunny spot. Observe!

Free Fun for Families!

Sep 4, 2013

WKAR PBS Kids Day | Sunday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. | Capital Area District Library in Downtown Lansing

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