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Kids' CBC Logo
|Premiered||September 1, 2003|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Format||Children's programming block|
|Running time||7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
Hodge Podge Lodge
From the 1980s to the early 1990s, the lineup was called Hodge Podge Lodge (not to be confused with the American series of the same name), with interstitials featuring animated multi-coloured geometric shapes.
In the 1990s, the lineup was relaunched as CBC Playground, carrying Fred Penner's Place, Guess What?, Mr. Dressup, Rolie Polie Olie, Sesame Park, Skinnamarink TV, and Theodore Tugboat. In the late 1990s, two human hosts, Lisa Richardson and Drew Carnwath, were added to the block.
Get Set For Life
In 2000, CBC Playground was replaced with Get Set for Life, a block named after a partnership between non-profit parenting organization Invest in Kids, Canadian Living magazine, and the CBC itself. This iteration had Alyson Court and Michael Clark as hosts.
Get Set for Life saw the departure of Fred Penner's Place and Guess What?, whilst Skinnamarink TV, Mr. Dressup and Theodore Tugboat were limited to reruns before eventually being removed from the block.
Kids' CBC started in 2003, replacing Get Set for Life Alyson Court and Michael Clark continued to appear, but the main live action stars were five regional hosts from various parts of Canada. The hosts were Patty Sullivan for Toronto and Ontario, Joyce Quansah for Montreal and Quebec, Kush Uppal in Western Canada, Hayley Gene in the Prairie Provinces, and Dashi Malone hosting from Atlantic Canada and The Maritimes. The look and the studio sets had also been drastically changed. The child seen in the Get Set For Life logo was slightly redesigned to look less crude and turned into a separate animated character called Dot, and the Get Set For Life theme song was rewritten with new lyrics to match the block and given a new opening sequence, albeit with a few shots of the original opening sequence (Michael and Alyson exclaiming, "Bring it on!"). In December 2005, the set was changed to a garden in a geometric type dome. Hayley Gene and Dashi Malone were eventually replaced by Mark O'Brien and Holly Bernier, respectively.
In September 2007, the hosted interstitial segments on Kids' CBC became Kids' Canada. The garden was replaced by a Canadian village-type setting and a treehouse that was referred to as the "careforce" was added. Due to the CBC's budget restrictions, the show was restricted to being hosted from Toronto, with Sid Bobb coming on as a co-host.
New puppets arrived to feature various parts of Canadian culture, each representing a different Canadian region:
- Mamma Yamma is a yam representing Ontario. She is the owner of a fruit and vegetable stand in Toronto's Kensington Market.
- Drumheller is a dinosaur that represents Western Canada. He is from the archaeological site near Drumheller.
- Saumon de Champlain is a fictionalized salmon version of Samuel de Champlain, who lives at the Château Frontenac.
- Captain Claw is a lobster representing Atlantic Canada. He is a lighthouse keeper in Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia.
Each of the puppets were used in a variety of scenes in their local setting, typically educational in nature. Mamma Yamma would frequently host cameos by visiting celebrities such as musicians or Canadian television personalities; a compilation album of live performances, Mamma Yamma and Friends, was released in 2008.
A new character, "Canada", a green, abstract animated representation of the map of the eponymous country, was also introduced. The Kids' CBC branding and logo remain, to represent the block as a whole.
In January 2013 the Kids' CBC style was changed. Drumheller, Saumon de Champlain, Captain Claw, and Canada were removed. A new theme song titled "You and Me and Kids' CBC" was added. New segments, such as Arts and Crafts, were added.
Children's programs that have aired on CBC include:
- The Adventures of Napkin Man (2013-present)
- Animal Mechanicals
- Are We There Yet?: World Adventure
- The Babaloos
- Big Block Singsong
- Bo on the Go!
- The Busy World of Richard Scarry
- Busytown Mysteries
- Canadian Sesame Street
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
- Chirp (2015-present)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Curious George
- Cross Country Fun Hunt (2012-present)
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (2012-present)
- The Doodlebops
- Dragon Tales
- Fred Penner's Place
- The Friendly Giant
- Fuzzy Tales
- Guess What?
- Little Bear
- The Magic School Bus
- The Moblees (2014-present)
- Monster Math Squad
- Mr. Dressup
- Mumble Bumble
- My Goldfish Is Evil
- Pirates: Adventures in Art
- Polka Dot Shorts
- The Raccoons
- Rolie Polie Olie
- Ruby Skye P.I.
- The Save-Ums
- Scoop and Doozie
- Sesame Park
- Skinnamarink TV
- Slim Pig
- Super Why!
- Surprise! It's Edible Incredible!
- Theodore Tugboat
- Tiny Planets
- Turbo Dogs
- Under the Umbrella Tree
- What's Your News?
- Wimzie's House
- Yam Roll
- You and Me