Posted on October 13, 2009


dinosaur train is a HUGE hit in our home.  silly monkey just can’t get enough.  i usually only dvr two episodes.  and then i leave them put until they are recorded over, with newer episodes. 

honestly, if i recorded any more, i’d need a second dvr, b/c my dvr has already been overtaken by curious george, clifford, super why, max & ruby, and word world.  90% of what silly monkey is allowed to watch watches can be found on pbs.  and, if you’ve read this blog at any point since silly monkey turned from toddler to big boy, you already know of my fond affection for pbs. 

if you haven’t had the pleasure of viewing dinosaur train, you should hop on board (pun intended).  below is a bit about the show, which i pulled from the pbs parent’s site

dinosaur train
** photo credit: pbs kids **

Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Each of the 40 half-hour episodes features Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and includes two 11-minute animated stories along with brief live action segments hosted by renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson. Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology. The learning and fun are continued on the website, where users can play games with their favorite characters, print activity pages and watch clips from the show.

Dinosaur Train begins when Buddy is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon and brought to their nest to hatch at the same time as his new siblings, Tiny, Shiny and Don. Buddy and his new family have an insatiable desire to learn all about the different types of dinosaurs, so they board the wondrous DINOSAUR TRAIN, which allows them to travel and explore the world inhabited by these amazing creatures.

Departing from Pteranodon Station, the Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs. Windows are perfect for the long-necked herbivores, and there’s plenty of head room in the Observation Car for the Giganotosaurus, giving all the species onboard a chance to check out the prehistoric world as they ride on the train. The Dinosaur Train has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with cool facts about dinosaurs along the way.

dinosaur train offers silly monkey the best of his worlds – cool dinosaurs and an even cooler train.  i mean, the kid can’t get enough of trains and quite frankly, i don’t think i could be any more thomas-ed out, so this is such a refreshing change.  plus, hearing silly monkey say “pteranodon” is pretty darn precious.