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TVOKids Logo.jpg
Premiered April 4, 1994 [1]
Network TVO
Country of origin Canada
Format Children's programming block
Running time 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Official website

TVOKids (stylized as tvokids) is a Canadian children's programming block seen daily on TVOntario (TVO), the public educational television network for the province of Ontario, Canada.


Since its inception in 1994, TVOKids has had numerous hosts. In chronological order, they are:

The current hosts are Kara Harun, Melissa Peters and Daniel Fernandes.

Programming blocks[edit]

The Space[edit]

The Space (formerly known as "The Crawlspace") is the name of the after-school programing block. The space airs non-stop episodes of shows with a host block in between each episode, varying in length. "The Crawlspace" launched on April 1, 1994, and was originally hosted by Patty Sullivan and Kevin Brauch. "The Space" currently airs Monday to Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST and on Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. "The Space" is currently hosted by Kara Harun, Melissa Peters, and Daniel Fernandes.


For many years, "The Crawlspace" had a hamster named Tumbleweed, who served as their mascot. Tumbleweed was a real hamster until 2003, when he "left to explore the world" with Phil McCordic. He was replaced by a cartoon.

Gisèle's Big Backyard[edit]

TVOKids' preschool block, Gisele's Big Backyard (formerly known as "The Nook"), is hosted solely by Gisele Corinthios, where she is often joined by her puppet friends Sticks the Squirrel (Jason Hopley), Jay the Blue Jay (Ali Eisner), Melvin the Skunk (Marty Stelnick), This (Ryan Field), That (Frank Meschkuleit), and Polkaroo. Gisèle's Big Backyard airs Monday to Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m EST.

Polkaroo's trio of "Polka Dot Door Friends" Dumpty and Humpty and Marigold are also on the show in smaller-than-human doll size rather than larger-than-human suits. This is their first re-appearance since Polka Dot Shorts ended in 2001.


Some of the programs on TVOKids are produced in-house by TVOntario, and are based on Ontario's educational curriculum. Each program is approximately 3–4 minutes per episode.

  • Artbot - Adult artists explain visual art concepts such as line, color, and composition. The robot Artbot is portrayed by Jackie English.
  • The Bod Squad / BOD TV - Spoofs popular television shows and movies, and starring the TVOKids hosts, these short episodes promote healthy eating.
  • The Bodies - A series promoting healthy eating using characters who live inside a computer program.
  • Critter Corner - Host Jackie English explores the animal kingdom.
  • Dino Dig - Paleontologist character Alberta Rex (Jackie English) hosts this informational show on dinosaurs.
  • EnviroGirl - A series promoting energy conservation, starring idealistic superhero EnviroGirl (portrayed by Nicole Stamp).
  • Mark's Moments - Host Mark Sykes interviews kids with disabilities to learn about their lives.
  • The Reading Rangers - A Western-style series promoting literacy.
  • The Royals - A queen of hearts and her jester explore good manners and games.
  • Space Trek - Explore the solar system and beyond with host Captain Kent (Mark Sykes).
  • Super Citizens - A comedic live action show about a group of superheroes that promote good citizenship. The Super Citizens are EnviroGirl (Nicole Stamp), Professor Atlas (Milton Barnes), Atomic Guy (Mark Sykes), FlyGirl (Julie Patterson), NiftyGirl (Jackie English), and the Blue Brain (Ryan Field).
  • Time Trackers - A series converging the broadcast and web aspects of TVOKids to teach Canadian history in a humorous and interactive way.
  • Transform It! - This series encourages kids to take common everyday objects and transform them into new things. Fourteen 3-minute episodes were produced.
  • Tumbletown Reads - Tumbleweed works for a newspaper while teaching children writing skills.
  • Tumbletown Tales - A series performed by small live rodents (using the TVOKids hosts as voice talent). The star of the series is Tumbleweed the Hamster (voiced by Phil McCordic); the learning objective is real-world application of mathematical concepts.

Current programming[edit]

Shows that have aired as part of TVOKids include:

Former programming[edit]


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