PNC Presents PBS KIDS in the Park

PNC Presents PBS KIDS in the Park

Block Parties    Meet & Greets    Stage Schedules    FAQ

The 2015 PNC Presents PBS KIDS in the Park, is coming to Military Park in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, June 13!  Join us for this free family event filled with food, fun, live music, your favorite PBS KIDS characters and more!

In the event of severe weather there are designated shelter areas near Military Park that will be communicated to event attendees.

Download an event map from this year's program to get a head start on the day! 

Block Parties

New to WFYI’s family festival this year: Block Parties! Choose from three separate add-on events for families who want a more specialized experience at the park.

Each Block Party includes a character-inspired craft, family-friendly entertainment, a tasty snack, and an opportunity to get up-close with your favorite PBS KIDS character – all in a more relaxed and air-conditioned environment. Cost is $30 for a family of up to four, and $10 for an additional child (proceeds support WFYI Public Media). Times and details listed below:

Won't you be my neighbor?
This session sold out

Daniel Tiger10:45 am to 11:45 am at the Herron School of Art and Design with a Daniel Tiger Meet & Greet from 10:45-11:15am*

This block party is guaranteed to be a tiger of a time! Join your favorite neighbor, Daniel Tiger for a tasty treat of popcorn and juice and get your picture with Daniel Tiger’s Trolley while sporting a spiffy red cardigan! Make a cool O the Owl craft and take home your very own Daniel Tiger mask and other goodies! Join in on some neighborly fun with the folks from The Urban Chalkboard. There will be music and face painting too! It promises to be a purr-fect time!

Monkey around with Curious George!
This session sold out

Curious George1 pm-2 pm at the Herron School of Art and Design with a Curious George Meet & Greet from 1:00-:1:30 pm*

This block party will have you going bananas! You can meet your favorite little monkey and eat a healthy snack of bananas, apples and juice to keep you moving! There will be plenty of surprises with a fun craft, face painting and even banana shaped candy and banana scented stickers to take home! You can even sign up for your very own library card so you can read about all the things that make you a curious little monkey, just like George! This block party is truly "appealing"!

1 + 1 = Fun!
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Peg + Cat2:45 pm – 3:45 pm at the Herron School of Art and Design with a Peg + Cat Meet & Greet from 3:00-3:30 pm*

Don't totally freak out, but are you ready to embark on a new adventure? Then this block party is for you! You can "count" on a healthy snack of fruits and veggies with dip and lemonade. Create some Peg + Cat art, have your face painted and take home a tasty treat! Plus, Kid Kazooey will join the party with some great ukulele fun! Meet Peg + Cat too! It'll be more fun than 100 chickens!

Meet & Greet Schedules

Sid the Science Kid Meet & Greet 1

  • Peg + Cat
    10:45, 11:45, 1:00, 2:00
  • Alpha Pig
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Meet & Greet 2

  • Sid the Science Kid
    10:45, 11:45, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
  • Wonder Red
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Meet & Greet 3

  • Clifford
    10:45, 11:45, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
  • Maya & Miguel (Sponsored by Easter Seals)
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Buddy from Dinosaur Train Meet & Greet 4

  • Buddy from Dinosaur Train
    10:45, 11:45, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
  • Word Girl
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Meet & Greet 5

  • Curious George
    10:45, 11:45, 2:00, 3:00
  • Peep & Chirp
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Meet & Greet 6

  • Super Why
    10:45, 11:45, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
  • Daniel Tiger
    12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Zoe from Sesame Street Meet & Greet 7

  • Zoe
    10:45, 11:45, 2:00
  • Princess Presto
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:00

Meet & Greet 8

  • Digit
    10:45, 11:45, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
  • Woofster
    11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Stage Schedules

Main Stage

Opening Ceremony - Parade of Characters,
Ruditoonz sings Sesame Street song
10:00 AM
Know No Stranger 10:30 AM
Indy Air Bears Jump Rope Team 11:00 AM
Kid Kazooey 11:30 AM
Know No Stranger 12:00 PM
Beyond the Pointe’ Dance 12:30 PM
Kid Kazooey 1:00 PM
Indy Air Bears Jump Rope Team 1:30 PM
Red Alert Robotics 2:00 PM
Know No Stranger 2:30 PM
Beyond the Pointe’ Dance 3:00 PM
Red Alert Robotics 3:30 PM

PBS KIDS Stage, Powered by IPL

Ruditoonz 10:30 AM
Jump and Hop 11:00 AM
Mr. Daniel 11:30 AM
Ruditoonz 12:00 PM
Jump and Hop 12:30 PM
Mr. Daniel 1:00 PM
Tiki Tom Toms 1:30 PM
Hands on Rhythm with Bill Bailey 2:00 PM
Ruditoonz 2:30 PM
Tiki Tom Toms 3:00 PM
Hands on Rhythm with Bill Bailey 3:30 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about PNC Presents PBS KIDS in the Park

This is WFYI’s 22nd annual family festival, and our way of thanking the community for your support of public media in central Indiana.  All are welcome to attend. While admission to the festival is free, we do offer some specialized opportunities for a nominal fee (see Specialized Experiences). You’ll find us at Military Park, located at the corner of N. West Street and W. New York Street, in downtown Indianapolis. (If you’re a regular at this event, you will remember this park as our “old location” rather than last year’s location.)

The event includes opportunities for you to meet many of your favorite PBS KIDS costumed characters. Additionally, we will have two stages of kid-friendly entertainment, a crafts tent, two bounce-houses, and many other activities at our various tents and booths at the festival. Food is available for purchase at a variety of food trucks. You may also wish to purchase character balloons for sale in the merchandise tent.

What PBS KIDS characters will be there?

Alpha Pig
Buddy (from Dinosaur Train)
Curious George
Daniel Tiger
Maya & Miguel
Peep & Chirp
Peg + Cat
Princess Presto
Sid the Science Kid
Super Why
Wonder Red
Zoe (and her pet rock Rocco)

How can my child meet these characters?

Each character will be available to greet children at set times posted at each location. At a Meet and Greet location, your child can walk up to the character and have his or her photo taken with the character (bring your camera!). There will be lines, often in the sun, so please be prepared to wait your turn.

Where do I park, and is there a cost for parking?

Parking is not part of this event, and we do not have specific parking recommendations. There is street parking near the park. The closest parking lot is the IUPUI parking lot at 1004 W. Vermont Street. According to their website, cost for parking is from $4.00 to $10.00, depending on the time you are there. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Will there be food at the event?

Yes. There will be a variety of food trucks with family-friendly foods available for purchase.

What kind of entertainment can I expect?

On our two stages, we will have popular kid-friendly performers from our local community. The following groups will perform at this year’s event:
Know No Stranger (our headliner)
Hands on Rhythm with Bill Bailey
Indy Air Bears Jump Rope Team
Jump for Joy
Kid Kazooey
Mr. Daniel
On Pointe Dance
Red Alert Robotics
Tiki Tom Toms

In addition to stage entertainment, there will be two jump-houses, games and crafts, plus booths with other activities.

Can I bring my pet?

This event is very crowded, and takes place mostly in the open sun. Please leave your pet at home.

Weather tips

Much of the event takes place in the sun, so be prepared for a hot day.  You will want to bring your own water, or purchase drinks from food truck vendors. And don’t forget the sunscreen and shade hats!

What happens if it rains?

This event will take place rain or shine. However, if there are severe storms in the area, we will have information about the event’s status on television at WFYI 1, on radio at 90.1, or online at, giving you the latest information about whether the event is still a “go”.  We will also communicate directly with event attendees via PA announcements with instructions on where to take shelter in case of severe weather.


I’ve heard there is a special breakfast prior to the event. What is that?

WFYI hosts a VIP Breakfast for those who have Family Memberships with WFYI. Participants come early to the park and eat breakfast with a PBS KIDS character, enjoy some kid-friendly entertainment, and get their photos taken with the character. (Parking is included) Learn more about WFYI Family Membership. Your membership with WFYI helps keep public media thriving in central Indiana. Thank you!

What are the Block Parties I’ve heard about?

Block Parties are new this year, and are designed as an add-on event for families who want a more specialized experience at the park. We have three separate events, located inside the Herron School of Art & Design building. At each block party, your family can get your photo taken with a PBS KIDS character, enjoy kid-friendly entertainment, create a special craft item, and enjoy a snack, in a more relaxed and air-conditioned environment. You may purchase tickets and attend all three Block Parties. Tickets are $30 each for a family of up to four, and $10 per additional child. Your support of Block Parties helps keep WFYI Public Media thriving in central Indiana. Thank you! Learn more about each Block Party here.

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