A Phoenix family is using the local launch of their new television show, “Travel With Kids,” to make a contribution to families at the Vista Colina Family Homeless Shelter.
The Travel With Kids PBS Premiere Party & Fundraiser for CASS will be held at 6pm Thursday, Nov. 10 at Picture Show Paradise Valley, located inside Paradise Valley Mall. Raising Arizona Kids is co-promoting the event. Children are welcome.
The Simmons family — Carrie, Jeremy and their sons Nathan (11) and Seamus (9) — turned their passion for travel into an award-winning television series. Forty-nine episodes feature tips on making international trips entertaining and educational while introducing young adventurers to local customs, food and breath-taking scenery.
“Traveling really opens up children’s eyes to the world around them,” says Carrie Simmons. “But there is so much need right here in our community too. That’s why we decided to incorporate the fundraiser into our premiere.”
The series, which already is broadcast internationally, debuts on local PBS station KAET on Sunday, Nov. 13. It will air each Sunday at noon.
Everyone who attends the premiere party will get a chance to meet the Simmons family, enjoy finger foods and drinks, participate in children’s activities and get an exclusive sneak peek at a “Travel With Kids” episode.
Entry is by donation and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the shelter, an affiliate of Central Arizona Shelter Services.
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In the critically acclaimed series — which has won a Telly Award, an iParenting Media award, KIDS First! endorsement, the Dove Foundation Family Seal of Approval and the Adding Wisdom Award — viewers follow the Simmons family (known on-camera as the Roberts family) as they experience new destinations. While the on-camera parents offer travel tips, Nathan and Seamus offer comic relief with their own antics and adventures.
Destinations in the series include Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Mexico, London, New York, Paris, Ireland, Flordia, the Bahamas, Alaska, Scotland, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Peru.