It’s official. We just got word. Captain Kangaroo day is on October 3rd, 2009. This special day is just too much fun to pass up. Many of us not-so youngsters will remember lazy mornings when we sat in front of the television in our pajamas to be entertained by the Captain Kangaroo Show.
As a kid, I can remember being mesmerized by the Magic Drawing Board. While music was playing on the Captain Kangaroo Show the board would draw a picture. It might be anything. Wondering what the picture would be kept me spellbound.
The next best part of the show was Mr.Green Jeans. I loved it when he would bring animals onto the Captain Kangaroo show. Now that I’m older I appreciate the way he gently taught about environmentalism.
The show originally aired on October 3, 1955. I now know that some of the many episodes that I enjoyed as a kid were probably re-runs of earlier shows. I didn’t catch that then like kids today would. To me, it was just a fun show to watch.
They don’t make shows like Captain Kangaroo anymore. It’s really a shame. There are more options on television than ever before but fewer shows seem to be of good quality. Often they are merchandising machines in disguise. There are television programs that are designed to get our kids hooked so we parents can buy cheap merchandise at ridiculously overpriced prices.
Of course, Captain Kangaroo had its share of products that were marketed. Who didn’t want to run out and buy a book after it was read by Captain Kangaroo? He always made the stories come to life!
Bob Keeshan who played Captain Kangroo passed away in 2004. According to CBS the show ran for an astounding 30 years on mainstream television. Then the Captain Kangroo Show went to Public Television where it ran for another 6 years. Almost 2 full generations of kids grew up watching the show. Tell me that’s going to happen again?
What some people don’t know about Bob Keeshan is that he had a role before he became Captain Kangaroo. Do you remember Clarabell the Clown from the Howdy Doody show? That was him.
After Captain Kangaroo ended he went on to become a children’s advocate. He promoted parenting skills and worked to make life better for children.
Are you looking for ways to celebrate Captain Kangroo Day with your kids? Here are a few ideas. Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments fields below.
Captain Kangaroo Day Idea #1
Head to your local video store to see you if you can rent a copy of any of the episodes of Captain Kangaroo. Then, if you can rent one, sit down and watch it as a family.
Captain Kangaroo Day Idea #2
No video at the store? Check out online sites to see if you can download a program.
Captain Kangaroo Day Idea #3
Do something really radical. Read a book to your kids and then have them read one to you.
Captain Kangaroo Day Idea #4
Visit a zoo or make a donation to an animal shelter. Mr Green Jeans would approve!
Captain Kangaroo Day Idea #5
Spend time together as a family doing any activity. Enjoy the fall sunshine, cooler outdoor temperatures and each other!
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