Get Out There!

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Family travel + animals = reality TV for all ages.

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Makes an effort to include families from all backgrounds.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that they may find themselves explaining some basic facts of life if the destination includes close-up animal tracking or viewing, as they often do. What's genetics? What's inbreeding? What's mating? Children who listen closely are going to have questions about why the animal biologists do the things they do.

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What's the story?

GET OUT THERE! takes American families with young children to outdoor and wilderness destinations all over the country and introduces them to the biologists and wild animals that work and live there. Each program introduces the family at home and then follows them as they travel.

Is it any good?

This is the rare television program that can be enjoyed at any age. Although kids 5 and up will most enjoy the stories of the traveling families, younger children can watch to see the unusual animals and aren't likely to see anything disturbing. Watching the families work together to track animals, improve animal habitats, or try to get closer to the shyer creatures adds a fun twist to the usual nature programming. And seeing children their own age in the new settings having realistic adventures adds to the appeal for kid viewers.

Episodes do include scenes of family interaction, but any Nanny 911-style drama is completely avoided (although any parent who's ever traveled across the country for a week with a couple of young kids knows there were probably a few moments better off not preserved on film). Kids younger than 7 or 8 will want to watch with a parent, since they may spend as much time asking questions about the unfamiliar animals, places, and languages as they do watching, but that kind of interaction isn't a bad thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about everything from where to take their next vacation to why it's important to have national parkland, how we act to help endangered species, and how the families reacted to their wild experiences. Would your kids like to win a family trip like one of these adventures? Where would they most like to go?

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