Sunday, August 28, 2016

Back to School 2016: The Best Way to Learn About Our World!

Teachers and moms love Kidoons online videos as they're FREE, fun, and on a safe network! Join our animated characters as they travel to real places to solve mysteries for Captain Nemo, while learning about real science, history, environment and culture. Each episode partners with a real museum, organization, or city, so the content is vetted by real-life educators and curators. Watch all new episodes, and if you know any places or topics you want to see for your kids, please contact us!
Have a great school year,
The Kidoons Team

Start Your Journey with Jerry Muskrat!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WATCH: Gateway to the Seaway - Jerry Muskrat Feels Superior At the Port of Thunder Bay

Jerry and Snappy imagine themselves being buried in quicksand, but Topper the Topmost Mouse shakes them out of the fantasy. They’re actually in the cargo hold of a bulk ship, standing on Topper’s grain shipment to the east coast. Together, they discover the history of Thunder Bay, from its beginnings as the separate towns of Port Arthur and Fort William, to the present western gateway to the St. Lawrence Seaway. While learning about the Port of Thunder Bay, Jerry’s pal Steve Adore makes a surprise appearance. He tells Jerry how im-port-ant shipping is from an economic and an ecological point-of-view. By the end, Jerry’s ready to move on to Thunder Bay Museum to find his next gear for Captain Nemo’s time machine.

Special note: we created this video with the Port of Thunder Bay. For more info on ports, you can also watch “A Very Im-Port-ant Person: Jerry Meets Steve Adore at the Port of Oshawa”. And stay tuned for more of Jerry’s adventure in his series "The Greatest Lakes – a Jerry Muskrat™ Adventure!"


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WATCH: A Tail of Two Cities: Jerry Muskrat Visits The Thunder Bay Museum

Jerry’s walking down Donald Street East in Thunder Bay, searching for another gear on Captain Nemo’s mission. He jumps back in time at Thunder Bay Museum, where he relives the history of TBay, from the merging of the twin cities of Fort William and Port Arthur. Jerry learns about the fur trade, silver mines, and the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, all of which had a role to play in creating “Canada’s gateway to the west”. After stumbling through a 100-year old doctor’s office (Dr. Smellie!) and an old-fashioned movie theatre, Jerry finds his gear inside the skeleton of a giant Albertosaurus.

Special note: we created this video with Thunder Bay Museum, who also partnered with us on the creation of “The Sinking of the Algoma”.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

On July 1 we're celebrating Canada Day!

Being in Canada, Kidoons Network is especially proud to join in the Canada Day celebrations! In history, this day marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

Dominion Day, and later Canada Day, was the date set for a number of important events through the history of the country:
  • the flooding of the Saint Lawrence Seaway (1958)
  • the first colour television transmission in Canada (1966)
  • the inauguration of the Order of Canada (1967)
  • the establishment of "O Canada" as the country's national anthem (1980)
to name a few.

People across the country organize celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor events like parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, fireworks, and free shows or musical concerts.
So to all our friends in Canada, get outside enjoy the sun, and Happy Canada Day!

And for indoor fun, learn even more about Canada:
"The Greatest Lakes" a Jerry Muskrat™ Adventure
"Maritime Mink" a Billy Mink™ Adventure
"Go West Young Bear" a Buster Bear™ Adventure

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WATCH: Journey to Belonging - Billy Mink in the Immigration Hall at Pier 21

In this next "Maritime Mink" Adventure, Captain Nemo sends Billy Mink to the Canadian Immigration Hall, inside Halifax's Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Fresh from discovering the roots of his family tree, Billy discovers the big picture of Canada's immigration story - one that is still unfolding today. He explores the interactive museum, and even finds that some of his Kidoons friends have 'immigrated' into his story! While building a replica of his great-grandpa's green trunk, he finds a branch from the Secret Wreath, and gets sucked into his next episode!

Special note: This MOM (Multimedia Outreach Module) was the 2nd episode in a 2-part series developed in partnership with The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. It's part of a larger Nova Scotia story arc that features episodes created with the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

This weekend we celebrate all fathers and father figures in our lives. Thank you for being there every day with the love and guidance we need.

For Father's Day fun visit:
Check out an Animated Story "Leaping Match"

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WATCH: Honey, I Shrunk the Bear! - Buster Buzzes Through the Victoria Bug Zoo

In this next Buster Bear adventure, Buster follows Bumbles Bee into the Victoria Bug Zoo. Still under the effects of Captain Nemo's shrinking ray, Buster interacts with many of the zoo's exotic bugs, while trying to track down his pal. He finally hitches a ride on Bumbles, who leads him to the the largest leaf-cutter ant colony in Canada. After learning about the ants, he gets to meet the Ant Queen, as she busily lays eggs in her secret lair. The Queen finally lays a gold coin for Buster, leading him to the next clue in Nemo's adventure.

Special note: This MOM (Multimedia Outreach Module) was developed in partnership with the the Victoria Bug Zoo. Stay tuned for more Buster Bear adventures on Vancouver Island!