Wild Kratts and Nature Cat

WILD KRATTS: CHRISTMAS CREATURES and NATURE CAT both premiere tomorrow Wed. Nov. 25. on PBS KIDS

wild kratts christmas special

Just in time for Thanksgiving, WILD KRATTS is premiering their very first one-hour holiday special, A CREATURE CHRISTMAS. Like all of their shows, the special is hilarious, educational, and perfect for kids of all ages. I had my kids (13, 11, and 7) and their cousins (9 and 4) watch it together, and they all loved it, even the picky teenager (because he loves animals and thinks the Kratt brothers are cool).

In this seasonal adventure, the Kratts take a break from their fearless questing for creatures to celebrate Christmas. But when they receive an alert that their favorite critters are disappearing around the globe, their holiday celebration quickly turns into a rescue mission.


Following the WILD KRATTS special is the premiere of NATURE CAT, a brand-new show on PBS KIDS. It’s a fabulous throwback to the cartoons we Generation Xers grew up watching, and instead of a math, science, or literacy focus, the series aims to instill a love of the outdoors in kids.

Nature Cat

The show stars an ordinary housecat named Fred who becomes his alter-ego, “Nature Cat,” – backyard nature explorer – when his family leaves for the day.

I love this show, and so does my 7 year old. The characters get dirty and have all these adventures outside, and along the way they learn a thing or two. But the emphasis isn’t strictly on a particular rubric, it’s on inspiring children to go out and have fun and recreate some of the antics the characters on the show have had. Parents will love that the ensemble cast features the voice talents of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE stars Taran Killam (Nature Cat), Kate McKinnon (Squeeks), Bobby Moynihan (Hal) and Kenan Thompson (Ronald); Kate Micucci also stars as the voice of Daisy.

Watch a sneak peek of NATURE CAT:


As a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), we received an adorable viewing kit that included  a jumbo Melissa & Doug animal coloring pad, animal cookie cutters, make your own snow kit, ornament printables, and our favorite, a Ravensburger animal puzzle. You can get free PBS KIDS holiday printables and find out more about PBS KIDS programs on PBS Parents. You can see below how much fun my 4-year-old nephew had coloring before and after we watched the shows.

PBS Kids viewing kit