Kids on the Block

Tolerance and Diversity: two words that make the world a better place.

You can help children understand these two very important things with The Kids on the Block show. These programs are educational puppet shows presented by The Children’s Institute as a community service. Each KOB school assembly features three skits, each casting a light on three different disabilities. After each skit, students are invited to ask the puppets questions about their disabilities. Teachers are also provided with supplemental activities to use with students throughout the year.

kids on the block puppet

The Kids on the Block

Meet Mark Riley, one of the Kids on the Block, who happens to have cerebral palsy. In the skit, when Mark meets his new neighbor, Melody James, he has to answer a lot of questions about his disability—one question almost knocks him out of his chair. But Mark doesn’t mind. He’s happy to satisfy Melody’s curiosity, and afterward he always looks forward to the many raised hands from the kids in the audience, eager to ask more questions.

Mark’s mission is the same as all the other Kids on the Block: to help educate elementary school students about disabilities in order to break down barriers, and create empathy and understanding for their peers with disabilities — and to do it in the most fun, interesting, and interactive way.


“A super show! Thanks for presenting a crucial message in a way that captivated children and adults alike.”

 – Streams Elementary

Schools can choose any three skits from the following:

  • Cerebral Palsy: Mark meets his new neighbor, Melody, whose curiosity leads to some very interesting, and even embarrassing, questions. (Suitable for K - 3)

  • Hearing Impairment: Though Mandy is always late, she always has time for a fun sign language lesson. (KOB’s most popular skit/suitable for K - 5)

  • Vision Impairment: Once again Brenda has lost her teacher’s assignment, but Renaldo, who’s blind, knows how to help. (Suitable for K - 5)

  • Asthma: For his troop’s winter camp out, Scott is prepared to handle his asthma, but the hard part is convincing mom. (Suitable for 2 - 5)

  • Spina Bifida: Valerie learns that even though Joanne wears braces, it’s no reason to keep her from being a cheerleader. (Suitable for 2 - 5)

  • Bullying: Eddy’s getting bullied in school, but thanks to his friend Claire, he finds the best way to deal with it. (Suitable for grades 2 - 5)

  • Autism: Joanne can’t understand why Eddy’s older brother won’t say hello, until Eddy teaches her about autism. (Suitable for grades 3 - 5)

  • Learning Disabilities: Jennifer’s a fifth grader who’s really good at math, so why can’t she learn her left from her right? (Suitable for grades 3 - 5)

  • Down Syndrome: When Brenda comes to pick up her dog, she’s meets Ellen Jane, a veterinary assistant with Down Syndrome. (Suitable for grades 3 - 5)

For more information or to schedule an appearance, call 412.420.2344.

For public schools, the assembly is typically FREE, as long as the funding is available. The PA Department of Education has approved this program, and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) provides the funding. To find out if funding is available for your school, please call 412.420.2344.

For private schools, the fee for The Kids on the Block assembly is $240 plus mileage for one program and $225 for each additional program on the same day. These fees are used to maintain the quality of the program-- no profit is made for The Children's Institute.
The Kids on the Block is an affiliate and limited licensee of The Kids on the Block Incorporated, Columbia, Maryland, USA.* 

*(c)The Kids on the Block, Inc. All puppets and program materials are protected by United States and other copyright laws. Unauthorized use is prohibited. All Rights Reserved.


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