Mouna Algahaithi, WPT’s new education engagement specialist, started at the station as an education and community engagement intern in May of 2018. She’s been full-time since last January, working on WPT Education programs such as implementing Ready to Learncurricula around the state as well as bigger events such as Get Up and Go.
Read on for some of her top public TV picks – and why the mission of WPT and the PBS Kids 24/7 Channel is so important to her!
Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past 15 years. Ahead of Steve’s musical performances in Madison and Appleton this Aug. 4-5 for PBS Kids’ Get Up and Go! Day, an annual event for Wisconsin children and their caregivers, we caught up with him to learn what he loves most about Get Up and Go! Day and what he watches when he’s not onstage.
What’s your favorite part about being part of Get Up and Go! Day?
I love that the event is broadcast live. I also just love seeing the kids and the families that attend the event every year. They’re all just fantastic. Overall, there’s this awesome positive energy around the whole event: from the kids to the grown ups to everyone working on the production. There’s a super uplifting aura throughout.
This year, we also have a number of new songs that we’re going to be playing, including new dance moves, too, of course. After we debut this year’s set in Madison, we head up to Appleton the next day. We’ve been doing that for the past two years.
The cool thing about heading up to Appleton after Friday’s Madison broadcast is the excitement from the attendees, who have often seen broadcast the day before. They arrive excited and ready, and know some of the songs by heart!
When you’re offstage, what are your top catch-whenever-you-can PBS picks?
My wife and I love Poldark on Masterpiece. When new episodes are available, it’s our favorite show. When we’re not watching PBS, we like Modern Family and So You Think You Can Dance.
When it comes to PBS Kids programming, what are your family’s favorites?
A few of our favorite PBS Kids programs (we have two children, ages 6 and 9) are Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Curious George and Wild Kratts.
My 9-year-old son grew up with Super Why! It’s a great show for learning letters, and he’s very passionate about reading to this day. PBS offered online games to accompany the show, and it was the perfect combo. We could watch an educational show from a trusted network, and then we could go online together as a family and take the learning to the next level.
Wisconsin Public Television’s PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day takes place one week from today: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 7! Mark your calendar and join us at this fun-filled, free event that encourages children to live healthy and active lives.
Get Up and Go! Day is held in locations across the state, and each location features music, dancing, favorite PBS Kids characters, hands-on activities and crafts, community organizations and more. Families, day care groups and other childcare organizations are welcome to attend! Continue Reading for information o
Picture-perfect weather, a sizable and enthusiastic crowd, stellar entertainment and some of the best kids activities around helped make this year’s Get Up and Go! Day, which took place on Friday, Aug. 1, one of the most successful to date.
The day started bright and early as the WPT crew, as well as a number of community organizations, headed to the Kohl Center to set up the stage, booths, activities and water (a summer necessity, of course).
This time lapse shows how quickly the front lawn at the Kohl Center went from empty to energetic.
Before we knew it, it was 10 a.m., and Mr. Steve and Miss Rosa kicked off the event with their trademark dynamism. We broadcast the Madison event live on WPT, so those who couldn’t join us at one of our four Wisconsin locations (Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse and Madison) could still join in at home.
This year’s Get Up and Go! Day was my first, and I must say, I think I had as much fun as the kids. There’s nothing better than seeing so many smiling faces enjoying the joy of public television on a beautiful summer day. My only regret is not snagging some paper “Clifford ears” for myself.
Here are just a few snapshots from the event. Be sure visit WPT’s YouTube channel to watch archived video from Get Up and Go! Day 2014. Thank you to everyone who joined us at Get Up and Go! Day! Without you, the event wouldn’t have been the same!
The WPT staff enjoys Wisconsin summers as much as our viewers do, and that’s why we’re happy to provide Wisconsin families with new opportunities to be active and enjoy the outdoors.
PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day 2014 — Friday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to noon — is one such opportunity. Mark your calendars to join us at locations across Wisconsin, or watch live on WPT. Favorite Kids characters will be at each location!
This year’s Get Up and Go! Day locations and special guests include:
Kohl Center Plaza
601 W. Dayton St.
Special appearances by PBS Kids host Miss Rosa and Peg + Cat.
Musical performance by PBS Kids host Mr. Steve.
La Crosse (Three locations) La Crosse Public Library Main Library, 800 Main St.
North Community Library, 1552 Kane St.
South Community Library, 1307 S. 16 St.
Special appearance by Curious George.
At the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors from across the United States met up with a few of our favorite Sesame Street friends to talk about healthy active lifestyles and good eating choices.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker even took a chance to spend some time with Rosita and Abby Cadabby to talk about the importance – and fun – of eating healthy and pursing an active lifestyle. Watch Gov. Walker and the Sesame Street gang in the videos below. To see some of the governors from other states, visit the NGA’s website here.
Miss Rosa arrived in Madison early to read her favorite story to an excited bunch of Wisconsin PBS Kids Thursday. She’ll be at the Keshena Get Up and Go! Day event Friday.
“Get Up and Go!” Day is an annual tradition that continues to get bigger and better every year, and 2013 is no exception. This year, we’re expanding to five locations throughout Wisconsin and will broadcast the event live on WPT.
Join us from 10 a.m. – noon Friday, Aug. 2 at one of the locations listed below!
Kicking off the event this year will be a special video message from First Lady Michelle Obama, who will welcome children and their caregivers watching on the statewide network and encourage them to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle as they sing, dance, jump and play along with all of the event’s activities on air.
We’ll be all across the state this Friday and welcome kids and families to “Get Up and Go!” with us at one of several locations. The free family events will feature kid-friendly activities, songs, stories and visits from favorite PBS Kids characters including Mr. Steve and Miss Rosa. Look below for locations and details.
Also, be sure to share pictures of your family taking part in the “Get Up and Go!” spirit on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #WPTGetUpandGo.
Featuring PBS Kids Host Mr. Steve!
Kohl Center (New location!)
601 W. Dayton Street, Madison
Parking is available in Campus Lots 29, 46, and 83 or the City of Madison’s State Street Campus Lot. A map of campus is available here.
La Crosse Public Libraries – Three Locations!
Featuring Word Girl at North and South Community Libraries!
North Community Library
1552 Kane Street, LaCrosse
800 Main Street, La Crosse
South Community Library
1307 S. 16th Street, La Crosse
Featuring Martha from Martha Speaks!
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire Street, Eau Claire
Featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog and The Cat in the Hat!
Kimberly Public Library and Municipal Complex
Hosted by Child Care Resource and Referral
515 W. Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly
Featuring PBS Kids Host Miss Rosa!
College of Menominee Nation
N172 Hwy. 47/55, Keshena, WI
The 2012 WPT Get Up and Go! Day is in the books after kids from all over Wisconsin danced, sang and played outside the WPT studios in Madison, at the L.E. Phillips Library in Eau Claire and at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum in Appleton.
The events might be over, but you and your kids can still bop along with the songs Mr. Steve performed!
In the playlist below, you will find all of the on-air segments from the morning event. There are lots of fun and interactive songs that inspire kids to Get Up and Go! and a bunch of great activity ideas from volleyball to yoga to exploring the outdoors. So, dig into the fun and let’s go!