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Well you know what the ABC are like?

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Ginger and the Vegesaurs - Season 3

Following on from the popular first two series’, Ginger and the Vegesaurs season 3 continues the adventures of young Tricarrotops, Ginger in this 20-part adventure comedy series for the ABC. Season 3 sees Ginger and her trio of baby Pea-Rexes meet the giant but timid Pumpkinsaurus during the Spooky Forest’s honeysuckle harvest, and revisit familiar friends they have met in their travels. They will also witness natural phenomenons like thermal-air geysers and even a crazy snowstorm, which all the Vegesaurs must brave together. Ginger and the Vegesaurs season 3 is created by Gary Eck and Nick O’Sullivan. Eck, Sylvie van Dijk, Rebekka Schafferius, Bruce Griffiths and Angus Woodiwiss are writing, with Celine Goetz and Amanda Spagnolo attached as producers and Patrick Egerton and David Webster as executive producers.

It is funded in association with and developed with the assistance of the ABC. It is financed with the support from Studio100 who are also managing international sales. Post, digital and visual effects are supported by Screen NSW.

ABC Kids has bought upcoming Canadian animated series Riley Rocket from distributor Abacus Media Rights.

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The Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s 2022-23 annual report was published this week, revealing the body invested or committed nearly $10 million in production funding during the last financial year, as well as investing almost $600,000 in the development of 20 new projects.

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ABC entertaining kids all summer long

From a brand-new extraterrestrial comedy on ABC ME, to fresh audio adventures on ABC Kids listen, there’s something for every Aussie kid this summer on the ABC. With a mix of new shows, returning favourites, Christmas specials and audio treats, ABC is jam packed with world class kids content no matter what your holiday plans include.

Keep the kids entertained on a long car trip

Sing Along, ABC Kids listen app or digital radio, from 11 December. Join some of your favourite Aussie kids artists including Zindzi & the Zillionares, Tip Toe Giants and more as they bring you the best summer songs to sing along to.

Road Trip, ABC Kids listen, from 22 December. Join Bri and Matt from Story Salad for new episodes every Friday to help your family have fun or relax in the car.

Imagine This, ABC Kids listen, from 13 December. Dr Nij is back and he’ll be tacking big questions like why do we need to brush our teeth, how do snails get their shells and heaps more. Perfect for quizzes in the car and junior scientists.

Kangaroo Beach Party, ABC Kids listen, from 16 December. Your favourite cadets are back! Neville and Gemma are broadcasting from the Club House every Saturday and Sunday with all the best beach vibes.

Check out these podcasts and more on ABC Kids listen or the ABC listen app, our dedicated 24/7 radio station and on-demand app for kids and their grown-ups.

When you can’t decide what to watch

Nightly Family Movies, ABC ME & ABC iview, every evening from 17 December until Christmas Day. Catch a family movie every night, including titles like Fantastic Mr. Fox, Paddington 2, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and more!

What to watch on Christmas Day

Christmas special episodes, ABC Kids, ABC ME & ABC iview, from 1 December. Including Little Lunch, Miraculous Tales of Lady Bug and Cat Noir and Horrible Histories, plus Bluey, Mecha Builders, Fireman Sam, Thomas and Friends, and more!

Stay cool on a hot day

Play School: Down at the Beach, ABC Kids & ABC iview, 26 December. Special guests include lifesavers Chelsea and Courtney (with helpful Nipper Big Ted) and wildlife scientist Dr Vanessa Pirotta. Don’t forget to slip slop slap!

Reef School series two, ABC Kids & ABC iview, 5 February 2024. We’re making every day an underwater adventure! Narrated by Emma Watkins and starring Tony Armstrong, Shane Jenek (Courtney Act), Chloé Hayden, Gemma Driscoll and Costa Georgiadis, the new series also introduces TikTok’s Mr Luke and Christie Whelan Browne as new Reefies. The perfect way to cool down in the heat of summer.

What to watch on New Years Eve

NYE double feature, ABC ME, 8pm on 31 December. Catch The Midnight Gang and Zombie Town back-to-back!

Tabby McTat, ABC Kids & ABC iview, 31 December, 5.05pm. A brand new special from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, Tabby McTat is a purr-fectly rollicking adventure to keep the little ones entertained while you’re getting ready for New Years.

Kick off the New Year with a show for the whole family!

Planet Lulin, ABC ME & ABC iview, 1 January 2024. Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers) and Zachary Ruane (Aunty Donna) join a stellar cast of young Australian talent (Nina Gallas, Uma Dumais, Max Turner) for the world premiere of Planet Lulin! Twelve-year-old Lulin is extra, extra special – she’s just learnt how to blast energy waves out of her fingers! Shame her new astrawaves have been tracked by intergalactic invaders. All she wants to do is win SCI-BOG (the school science comp) with her pals, but grade six is full of surprises when you’re growing up extraterrestrial!

When the kids say “I’m bored!”

Summer BEST FEST, ABC iview, from 1 January 2024. Tales from near and far, including Planet Lulin, Spooky Files, Odd Squad, Born to Spy, Little Lunch, Hanazuki Full of Treasures and The Inbestigators.

Boredom Busters Collection, ABC iview, from 1 January 2024. Including titles like Art Ninja, Draw with Will, How To Do Stuff Good - there’s always something fun and crafty to do when the kids are bored!

Ease into bedtime

Ninganah Lullaby, ABC Kids & ABC iview, from 15 January 2024, 7.25pm. Created on the lands of the Bundjalung and Gadigal people, Troy Casser-Daley sings about camping as a kid with his cousins and being asked to settle down to go to sleep. Troy’s original song plays over soothing animation by Studio Gilay.

Play School: Story Time, ABC Kids & ABC iview, from 22 January 2024. Featuring special guests like Matty J, Amanda Keller, Felix Riebl, Mark Coles Smith and many more for five new episodes that are the perfect bedtime story!

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2024 AACTA award nominee Hunter Page-Lochard has joined the voice cast of Eddie’s Lil’ Homies, playing the titular character. Eddie Betts’ eight-year-old son Billy will play Junior.

A sneak peek of the animated series will screen at Taronga Zoo in Sydney from December 20 to February 2 as part of Netflix’s collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society.

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Very sad state of affairs. So many times people reminisce about shows from their childhood but that will be taken away now. Recently heard presenters on radio reminiscing about Round the Twist and Ship to Shore.

Future generations won’t get that experience.