Family Night: Meet ‘Donkey Hodie’

Tune in this weekend, May 7, 8 and 9, for “Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?” at 6 p.m. and then back to back episodes of the brand new show from Fred Rogers Productions, “Donkey Hodie.”

The whimsical, new PBS KIDS puppet series encourages preschoolers to aim high, embrace challenges and work hard to achieve their goals. The colorful multi-platform show follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (now known as “Grampy Hodie”).

Inspired by the quirky, funny side of Fred Rogers, “Donkey Hodie” furthers Rogers’ mission of helping young viewers navigate the challenges of childhood. The series features original new music along with reimagined versions of Rogers’ songs.

Listen to the “Oh Sleepover Song” to get excited:


Set in the whimsical land of Someplace Else, created by Fred Rogers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the imaginative social-emotional series for children ages 3-5 centers on the adventures of Donkey Hodie, an enthusiastic, “can-do” yellow donkey with a bright magenta mane, and her pals.

  • Purple Panda, her loyal and empathetic best friend who wears his big heart on his sleeve.
  • Duck Duck, a practical, quick-witted young mallard, who loves to figure things out.
  • Bob Dog, an energetic and eager canine who is always ready to boogie to music or fetch a ball.

In Someplace Else, everyone’s big dreams are possible — whether it’s Purple Panda finding the end of the Golden Rainbow, Duck Duck planning a Book-A-Palooza Festival or Bob Dog playing the largest kickball game in history. Episodes include catchy songs that reinforce the stories’ positive messages and fun adventures.

Check out these fun at-home activities too!

Watch all your PBS KIDS favorites on the free PBS KIDS Video app, online at or on air on Arizona PBS KIDS (channel 8.4 with antenna, Cox Cable channel 81, CenturyLink Prism channel 22 and Suddenlink channel 14).

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