Ring in 2017 With These TV Countdown Parties
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Sid the Science Kid
Sid is an incredibly curious, intelligent, and funny boy who loves to investigate everything around him. He poses a question at the beginning of every episode, and then spends the rest of the day working with his friends, family, and teachers on answering the question using scientific observations and theories. His questions are entertaining and comedic and ask things like ''Why do Grandma's glasses make everything blurry?''
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''Reminisce'' and ''skirmish'' aren't words usually thrown around by children under the age of 9 but Becky Botsford is doing her best to change this. Betsy is a grade-school heroine who transforms into WordGirl when villains attack her hometown. Her main weapon is her strong vocabulary, and she uses new words every episode to challenge and outwit her enemies.
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SpongeBob SquarePants, the sea sponge that lives on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is optimistic and outgoing. Things work out for him because he's positive and loyal, sending a wonderful message to the audience. The characters remain consistent and are all caricatures of their personality traits (Mr. Krabs is always greedy, Squidward is always angry, etc). The jokes are a mix of clever puns and slapstick humor that can keep a wide variety of ages interested.
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Phineas and Ferb
Two genius step-brothers, who are both science geeks, try to do something new every day of summer vacation, usually leading to them building an impossible and whimsical device. They have a pet platypus Perry, who leads a double life as a secret spy, and an older sister Candace, who tries to expose the boys' dangerous antics to their parents but always fails and ends up being the butt of many jokes. A light-hearted, clever show complete with multiple musical rock numbers that will have kids laughing and singing along.
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This Jimmy Neutron spinoff features Jimmy's best friend Sheen. After messing with one of Jimmy's experiments, Sheen is blasted four million light years away. He must deal with a brand new planet, rulers who want him dead, and friends who are helping him fix his rocket — just so he can try and find his way home.
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Based on the Japanese trading card game, this program teaches strategy — but also stresses the importance of friendship. Ash and Misty must work together to overcome obstacles, and travels around training with his Pokémon character friends, such as Pikachu and Charmander.
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Gentle and considerate Angelina is an ambitious mouse with big dreams of becoming a famous ballet dancer. Young children will delight in her entertaining songs, dances, and daydreams while learning the important adage that ''practice makes perfect.'' Angelina's dedication to not only her ballet but her family and friends makes her a wonderful role model for kids.
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Kungfu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
If your elementary-age child liked the movies — starring the voices of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie — then you have to check out the TV show. The themes of family and acceptance are still strong, but the show adds in a whole host of silly characters, with voices your child will love to imitate.
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Penguins of Madagascar
Calling all lovers of animals! The Madagascar penguins — and some of their friends — make this a spin-off series worth watching. Taking place at the zoo where the movie characters' escaped from, this features film favorites such as Mort the lemur (Andy Richter) and the penguins, as well as new franchise characters such as Marlene the otter. Follow their adventures at the Central Park zoo.
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Legends of Korra
Like telekinesis? This sequel to the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, features Korra, the current Avatar, who can manipulate fire, earth, water and air. For sci-fi lovers this thrilling series explores all the adventures you can have when simple control of physics is on your side.
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Tom & Jerry
Originally airing in the 1940s and 1950s, the classic cartoon is a silly treat for older kids. It's the ultimate game of cat and mouse and while the antics are the very definition of cartoon violence (over the top and seemingly without consequence), it's had parents and children cracking up together for decades.
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Great for grade school aged kids, Arthur and friends deal with real-life trials and tribulations at school, with friends and with siblings. The program has a nice message about embracing differences and is based on the popular book series by Marc Brown.
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Get your child hooked on mysteries with Scooby and the gang. Older kids will love to follow Shaggy for clues, and while the villains can sometimes be a little scary, they're always caught in the end. Plus, who can say no to Scooby snacks?
Ring in 2017 With These TV Countdown Parties