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Dino Ranch is coming + all the good things to look forward to on CBC Kids in January

Jan 12, 2021

January is such a strange month. We zoom past the glow of the holidays into the darkness of winter, with an added layer this year of pandemic lockdowns keeping us stuck inside.

If you’re feeling as cooped up as we are, and you’ve now watched every episode of every show ever made, then it's time to check out some great new stuff on CBC Kids this month.

Parents and caregivers who watch on TV, please take note: You may have noticed some schedule changes to weekday mornings already (please read a note below about The Adventures of Paddington). There are also changes to the Saturday morning schedule starting January 9, with bigger changes on January 16.

For those new to CBC Kids, you can find us every morning on CBC Television, and check your local listings or CBC’s Program Guide for the most up-to-date times for your region. If you prefer to stream, you can find most CBC Kids shows on CBC’s free streaming service, CBC Gem. Some of our shows are also on YouTube!

PREMIERE: Dino Ranch comes to CBC Kids

Where and when to watch: Dino Ranch launches January 16. Find it on CBC TV on Saturday mornings, with new episodes coming to CBC Gem every week.

Dino Ranch is a brand new animated series for preschoolers which is premiering in Canada on CBC Kids and in the U.S. on Disney Junior.

Imagine having a ranch filled with friendly cute dinosaurs you can ride and corral, and you’ve got the premise of Dino Ranch. Run by the Cassidy family, this ranch is home to some biggest and wildest (and cutest) dinosaurs roaming the wild frontier. It’s a unique mashup of the Wild West and the Jurassic period, with themes of family, unity and of course, dinosaur care.

SPECIAL: Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood: Won’t You Sing Along With Me?

Where and when to watch: Stream it on CBC Gem on January 8.

We’ve had a lot of requests for this one since it was first announced back in July.

Created in response to COVID-19, this special sing-along episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood helps address some of the challenges and changes preschoolers and families have experienced this year. When Daniel learns he can’t gather with all of his neighbours at the Neighbourhood Carnival this year, he has lots of big feelings and questions, including what to do when you miss people you love, how to keep himself and others healthy and how to find ways to enjoy the extra time at home with his family.

NEW: Season 2 of Kiri & Lou

Where and when to watch: Find it weekday mornings on CBC TV (check your local listings), or stream it on CBC Gem with new episodes added daily starting January 4. 

Fans of Canadian/New Zealand co-production Kiri and Lou will be excited to know that season two is finally here! In every episode, feisty dinosaur Kiri and gentle creature Lou help preschoolers explore their emotions with much sweetness and song. Season two starts with Shine Your Light, a stand-out episode with a timely message about managing feelings of fear of uncertainty. 

NEW: Season 2 of PJ Masks

Where and when to watch: Watch it weekday mornings and Saturdays on CBC TV, and find limited episodes on CBC Gem.

Who else does their job in pyjamas right now? PJ Masks is clearly the most relatable show out there right now, and season two brings all the into-the-night-to-save-the-day adventures plus FOUR MORE VILLAINS and new powers for Catboy, Owlette and Gekko! Sign me up.

NEW: Season 4 of True and the Rainbow Kingdom

Where and when to watch: Find new episodes through the week on CBC TV, with a new season four episode added to CBC Gem each weekday.

We’re huge fans of True, Bartleby, the Yeti family and pretty much everything about the Rainbow Kingdom. Season four includes not just new episodes, but also more stand-alone music videos that are perfect for living room dance parties.

NEW: Season 2 of Endlings

Where and when to watch: Watch for a new episode every week on CBC Gem, starting January 15.

Endlings is a great live-action drama series for families with kids aged 8-12, who have an interest in animal welfare and sci-fi. Season two brings new adventures for Julia, Johnny, Tabby and Finn and their extraterrestrial friend, Ling, as they continue their work to save the future. We love Endlings for having a great diverse cast of Canadian actors, and for putting kids in foster care front and centre. If you missed the first season of Endlings, you can catch up here.

UPDATE: The Adventures of Paddington is moving online

Where and when to watch: Currently available on CBC Gem. Coming back to CBC TV in April.

Since The Adventures of Paddington launched on CBC Kids, we’ve had a lot of great feedback from families who are thrilled to find it with us. The series is taking a break from the morning TV schedule, however it will be back in April.  The good news is that you can stream 53 episodes on CBC Gem for free.

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