CBC Kids

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CBC Kids
Network CBC Television
Launched 1980s
Country of origin Canada
Formerly known as
  • Hodge Podge Lodge (1980s-1995)
  • CBC Playground (1995-2000)
  • Get Set for Life (2000-2003)
  • Kids' CBC (2003-2016)
Format children's programming
Running time
  • Weekdays 7:00am–11:00am
  • Saturdays 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Sundays 6:00am–8:00am

CBC Kids is a Canadian children's block carried by CBC Television.


Hodge Podge Lodge[edit]

From the late 1980s to 1995, 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. Some of CBC's children's programs during this time were presented under generic CBC branding instead. CBC Children's Publicist Barbara Chernin and Producer Stephen Wrigh came up with the 'Hodge Podge Lodge' moniker. Angela Bruce, Head of CBC Children's Programming consented to the name for the lineup.

CBC Playground[edit]

In 1995, the lineup was relaunched as CBC Playground, carrying Fred Penner's Place, 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[edit]

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 Clarke as hosts. GSFL saw the departure of Fred Penner's Place and Guess What?, whilst Skinnamarink TV, Mr. Dressup and Theodore Tugboat were limited to reruns.

Kids' CBC[edit]

Kids' CBC logo from 2003 to 2016

Kids' CBC started in 2003, replacing Get Set for Life. Previous hosts Court and Clarke continued to appear, but the main focus was on five regional hosts from various parts of Canada. The hosts were Patty Sullivan (Ontario), Joyce Quansah (Quebec), Kush Uppal (British Columbia), Hayley Gene (Manitoba) and Dashi Malone (Newfoundland). The look and the studio sets had also been drastically changed. The child seen in the GSFL logo was slightly redesigned and turned into a separate animated character called Dot (not to be confused with the PBS Kids character of the same name).

In 2005, the set was changed to a garden in a geometric type dome. Malone and Gene were replaced by Mark O'Brien and Holly Bernier.

In 2007, The garden was replaced by a Canadian village-type setting and a treehouse that was referred to as the Carefort was added. Due to the CBC's budget restrictions, the show was restricted to being hosted from Toronto by Sullivan, with Sid Bobb coming on as a co-host.

New characters arrived to feature various parts of Canadian culture, each representing a different Canadian region:

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.

In 2013, the Kids' CBC style was changed. Drumheller, Saumon, Captain Claw and Canada were removed. A new theme song titled "You and Me and Kids' CBC" was added. New segments were also added.

CBC Kids[edit]

On June 23, 2016, the CBC announced that Kids' CBC would be rebranding to CBC Kids in the Winter. Hosts Sullivan and Bobb were removed. Mamma Yamma was also removed.[1] CBC Kids replaced Kids' CBC on January 2, 2017.

Current programming[edit]

Children's programs that have aired on CBC include:

Upcoming programming[edit]


  1. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (June 23, 2016). "Kids' CBC to rebrand". KidScreen. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 

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