November 9, 2015

Creature Adventuring Like The #WildKratts - A Giveaway!

Ever since I moved here I have referred to Florida as, "The Land of Many Creatures." There are bugs the size of rodents here. Rodents the size of small dogs. Alligators, snakes and bears. Oh, my!

I jest, in part anyway. The truth is there is an incredible array of cool creatures in our state. Just ask Chris and Martin Kratt. Six episodes of their hit show Wild Kratts have been filmed in Florida and feature animals native to our habitats:

Episode 303 - Slider the Otter
Episode 304 - Mosquito Dragon
Episode 306 - Search for the Florida Panther
Episode 307 - Osprey
Episode 308 - Opossum in My Pocket
Episode 311: Crocogator Contest
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The Kratt brothers and Florida just naturally go together! And, as Chris and Martin continue to tour North America bringing their Wild Kratts Live! stage show directly to fans, they have five stops planned for the Sunshine State in 2016:

I have great news for those of you who live in (or near) Florida and have Wild Kratts fans in your home. I'M GIVING AWAY ONE SET OF FOUR TICKETS FOR EACH OF THESE LOCATIONS! Want to surprise your kids with the big news for the holidays? Just enter below.

When I had the opportunity to interview Chris and Martin back in 2013, the brothers talked about the types of creature adventures we can all have:

Chris: One of the most gratifying things about kids watching our show is that they want to go out and have their own creature adventures. We encourage kids and families to go together on creature adventures, to their local parks, zoos and aquariums...

Martin: And out into the wild. That's why we end each episode saying, "Keep on creature adventuring, and we'll see you on the creature trail!"

The brothers have often talked about growing up in, "the wilds of suburban New Jersey." And how kids need go no further than their own back yards to discover cool creatures, regardless of where they live

Here in Florida, the Ross family has enjoyed many awesome creature adventures. And, just like the Kratt brothers, we often tie them in to learning about science. We've raised tadpoles into frogs and a caterpillar into a butterfly while learning about metamorphosis. And recently participated in a state-wide experiment being conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture, releasing beetles into our back yard in an attempt to eradicate an invasive plant species:

Many times, we simply enjoy being near and observing the cool creatures that call our area home. We have a beautiful pair of barred owls living in the woods behind our house, along with countless other bird species:

There are armadillos, bats, frogs, lizards, opossums, raccoons and lots of snakes. Bugs galore.

And that's just around our house. We never know what we will find when we head to one of Florida's beautiful beaches:

Or many water ways. One time, after having dinner at a local restaurant, we had a wonderful surprise manatee encounter. And gators? Well, when you live in Florida, seeing one is commonplace. While they completely freaked me out when I first moved here from the Midwest, I don't even flinch when I see one now. I do prefer to observe them from a safe distance, however. With a nice long lens.

What cool animals do you have where you live? Come tell us about your creature adventures and share your photos on my Facebook page! You don't have to live in Florida to participate. I'll turn your photos into a fun Wild Kratts fan gallery for all to enjoy. Please be sure to indicate who took the photograph so I can include proper attribution. Share your name and location as well. You can also email your photos to

You can enter below to win free tickets to Wild Kratts Live! in Florida.

Note: Due to a glitch, mobile comments are disabled. You will need to comment from a computer. Commenting on my Facebook page (from any type of device) will count for the same number as entries as a blog comment.

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Best of luck! Maybe we'll see you on the creature trail!

Watch the premiere of WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS November 25 on PBS! Check your local listings for details! 

Premieres November 25; encore presentations on Nov 26, 27, 28 & 29; Dec 7, 18, 20, 24 & 25

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