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NICKELODEON CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY WITH NEW EPISODES OF PRESCHOOL HITS THE WONDER PETS! AND TEAM UMIZOOMI DURING MARATHON, FRIDAY, FEB. 12

(L-R) Milli (Sophia Fox), Bot (Donovan Patton) and Geo (Ethan Kempner) from Nickelodeon's new interactive, math-themed series in TEAM UMIZOOMI on Nick Jr. Photo: Nickelodeon. ©2009 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Online, Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect.com to Offer Parents Valentine’s Day Advice and Resources from Child Psychologist and Parenting Expert Dr. Vicki Panaccione

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2010 – Preschoolers can cuddle up with their favorite characters when Nickelodeon airs a Valentine’s Day-themed preschool marathon on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET/PT) of new episodes of The Wonder Pets!, the brand-new Team Umizoomi, and encore episodes of Dora The Explorer, Go, Diego Go!, Max & Ruby, The Fresh Beat Band and Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Team Umizoomi, which premiered on Jan. 25, features an interactive math curriculum designed to teach math in a fun and engaging way and helps kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities.

While the network provides holiday-themed entertainment for preschoolers, Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect (www.parentsconnect.com) will be a go-to Valentine's Day resource for parents. The site will feature advice from child psychologist and parenting expert Dr. Vicki Panaccione on topics such as: staying home on Valentine's Day; celebrating the holiday as a single parent; Valentine's Day family traditions; or helping your teen celebrate with his or her significant other. Valentine's Day coupons, crafts and games will also be featured at www.parentsconnect.com/parenting/valentines-day.html.

The schedule for the Valentine’s Day-themed marathon is as follows (all times are ET/PT):

Friday, Feb. 12

    9:00 a.m.: Dora the Explorer “Te Amo”
    El Mago, a mean magician, casts a spell on King Popo and Queen Maria, turning them into mountains. To break the spell, they have to fix a broken bridge and find their way through a maze of rocks. Then they have to climb the mountains and call to each other, “Te Amo!”

    9:30 a.m.: Dora the Explorer “Super Babies”
    Dora's baby brother and sister just love bananas, but they also love stories, so Dora tells them a Super Babies story. The Super Babies have to get their bananas back from that super villain Swiper the Fox. But will the Super Babies and their mighty powers prove any match for Swiper?

    10:00 a.m.: The Wonder Pets! “Save the Lovebugs / Save the Skunk Rocker” (PREMIERE)
    The Wonder Pets travel to the Florida Everglades to reunite a pair of quarreling Lovebugs on Valentine's Day. Then, the team gets a call from Manchester, England, where a Skunk Rocker can’t find a band to play with him.

    10:30 a.m.: Go, Diego, Go! “Sammy’s Valentine”
    It’s Valentine’s Day and all the animals are celebrating by giving Valentine flowers and fruit to their loved ones. Little Sammy the Sloth wants to deliver a special V-day present to his friend Lulu the Sloth, but he must get to her before the sun sets. Diego and Sammy hang glide from the tall cliff, swim quickly past the caimans to finally reach Lulu at the Trumpet Tree.

    11:00 a.m.: Max & Ruby “Max’s Valentine’s Day / Ruby Flies a Kite / Super Max”
    Max wants to make Valentine cards, just like Ruby and Louise, but he's too little to use scissors and glue. Ruby gives Max the important job of taking her Valentines to the mail box and Max ends up making a special Valentine delivery of his own. Then, Ruby tries to keep Max occupied while she makes and flies her kite, but when the kite gets caught in a tree, Max comes to the rescue. And later, Max transforms to Super Max to rescue Ruby’s doll.

    11:30 a.m.: Team Umizoomi “Special Delivery” (PREMIERE)
    Anthony sent a special heart-shaped package to his Grandma for “Just Because I Love You Day,” but he forgot to put stamps on it! Milli, Geo and Bot must zoom off to track Grandma’s package through the inner workings of the post office and use their mighty math powers to determine the correct number of stamps to apply before the package winds up in the dreaded “Do Not Deliver” basket. Curriculum elements introduced in the episode include classification and sorting, geometry and computation.

    12:00 p.m.: The Fresh Beat Band “Sing with Me”
    When Ms. Piccolo picks Kiki and Shout to write a duet together, Kiki wants to sing an opera duet, and Shout wants to sing a rock & roll song. Realizing it’s more important that they sing together, the Fresh Beats figure out a way to combine both ideas into one duet.

    12:30 p.m.: Dora the Explorer “Te Amo” (See above description)

    1:00 p.m.: Dora the Explorer “Super Babies” (See above description)

    1:30 p.m.: Ni Hao, Kai-lan “Kai-lan’s Big Surprise”
    Kai-lan plans a party for Yeye, but when everything she plans goes wrong, she gets frustrated and starts to cry. Rintoo, Tolee and Hoho show Kai-lan how to use laughter to feel better and then they get everything ready for the big party. The episode introduces preschoolers to the phrase “I love” (Wo ai) in Chinese.


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Photo Credit: (L-R) Milli (Sophia Fox), Bot (Donovan Patton) and Geo (Ethan Kempner) from Nickelodeon's new interactive, math-themed series in TEAM UMIZOOMI on Nick Jr. Photo: Nickelodeon. ©2009 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved