Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group Goes Dark for Fifth Annual Worldwide Day of Play

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 General News
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NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group will go off the air and offline on Saturday, September 27, from 12 to 3 p.m. (ET/PT), across all its TV properties and related web platforms for its signature Worldwide Day of Play. This marks the first time ever that all Nickelodeon television networks and its related websites -- including: Nickelodeon, The N, Noggin, Nicktoons Network,,,, and -- will go dark to inspire kids to participate in the fight against childhood obesity. More than 250,000 kids in 10 different countries are expected to participate in Nickelodeon's fifth annual Play Day, and more than 1,000 local events worldwide are scheduled to take place. Nickelodeon will return to the air at 3 p.m. (ET/PT) with healthy messaging, all-new programming, and the finale of the extreme sports competition, My Family's Got GUTS!, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).


"Our annual Worldwide Day of Play has encouraged millions of kids all over the world to be active," said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group. "We are making our biggest commitment yet this year, utilizing all of our media assets and strong partnerships. This day truly exemplifies how kids and families can take charge of their health by taking time to be active together."

On Worldwide Day of Play, Nickelodeon will kick off the programming day at 6 a.m. (ET/PT) with a Saturday morning cartoon line-up and a series of interstitials with the final My Family's Got GUTS! families highlighting the benefits of active play. At noon (ET/PT), the three GUTS! families will "turn off" Nickelodeon to encourage kids across the country to get up, go out and play. Viewers will be directed via a Worldwide Day of Play loop to go play until 3 p.m. (ET/PT), when the network will be "turned on" again by cast members of Nickelodeon's hit tween series iCarly and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin. The health and wellness messaging will continue at the top of the 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. hour (both ET/PT) with spots featuring the cast of iCarly. At 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Nickelodeon will present the exciting hour-long finale of My Families Got GUTS!, where three families will face off in several action sports events for ultimate GUTS supremacy. A complete schedule for Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play follows.

Noggin, Nickelodeon's 24-hour preschool network, will go dark at noon (ET/PT) with favorite preschool characters Moose and Zee encouraging the little ones to get up and active. In addition to going dark on Sept. 27, Nicktoons Network will air spots during the day encouraging kids to get up and be active. The N, Nickelodeon's 24-hour teen programming network, will air similarly themed spots throughout the week leading up to Worldwide Day of Play, encouraging viewers to get active on Sept. 27.

More than 250,000 kids are expected to participate in more than 1,000 Worldwide Day of Play events in all 50 states and 10 countries. Nickelodeon has partnered with several organizations for its Worldwide Day of Play, including its signature partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and the NFL. Boys & Girls Clubs of America will host more than 550 Worldwide Day of Play events in 50 states and 10 countries, reaching more than 60,000 kids. Throughout the week leading up to the Worldwide Day of Play, nine NFL teams will host events themed around healthy activity. Additionally, in New York City, Nick is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters

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