Get PBS Kids on Your Devices via pbskids.org/activate

So you want to let your little ones watch Daniel Tiger or Curious George but don’t know how to get the PBS Kids app? Not to worry, getting set up is easy once you know the steps. As a parent, I want my kids to watch quality educational shows, but it can be tricky figuring out how to access streaming apps on various devices.

This handy guide will walk you through how to:

  • Install the PBS Kids app
  • Activate it by using the PBS Kids activation website
  • Sign up for a free PBS Kids account (optional but useful!)
  • Answer some common questions

Ready to get your kids watching all their favorite PBS characters? Let’s go!

What is PBS Kids?

Non-profit network for educational kids programming

PBS Kids partners with stations to provide free educational content to support kids ages 2-8. You’ll find beloved shows like Arthur, Sesame Street, Odd Squad, and more.

The best part is PBS Kids is 100% free to watch! You can stream shows on their website, mobile apps, or by adding the channel to your streaming device.

To get started, first install the PBS Kids app on your preferred device such as a:

  • Roku
  • Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Mobile device

Then simply activate the app by using the handy PBS Kids activation website.

How to Activate PBS Kids at pbs.org /activate

Here is the activation process you’ll follow once the app is installed:

  1. Open the PBS Kids app – After install, launch the app
  2. Find activation code – Look for the unique code displayed
  3. Go to pbskids.org/activate – Open the site on a phone, tablet or computer
  4. Enter code to activate – Input your code and follow prompts!

And that’s it! By using the activation site with your device’s special code, you link your account for full access.

Let’s break this down further by specific device.

Activate PBS Kids on Roku

If you have a Roku streaming box or Roku TV, use these steps:

  1. Install PBS Kids channel from Roku Channel Store
  2. Launch the channel to get your unique code
  3. Visit pbskids.org/activate on mobile or computer
  4. Input code and click Continue
  5. Follow prompts to activate your Roku device

Roku offers a simple way to get PBS Kids up and running. Use the built-in Channel Store to add and open the app for the code.

Activate PBS Kids on Fire TV

Here is how to activate PBS Kids on FireStick, Fire TV Cube, etc:

  1. Find PBS Kids in Appstore from home screen
  2. Install and open to display activation code
  3. Go to pbskids.org/activate on phone/tablet
  4. Enter code from Fire TV app
  5. Click through prompts to activate

You can conveniently access the Amazon Appstore menu from your Fire TV device to install and activate PBS Kids.

Activate PBS Kids on Apple TV

For Apple TV HD and 4K:

  1. Use App Store app to install PBS Kids
  2. Launch and save activation code shown
  3. Visit pbskids.org/activate on another device
  4. Input Apple TV code to link accounts
  5. Follow steps to activate access

The App Store makes it fast to find and install PBS Kids. You’ll need a second device like an iPhone to facilitate entering the code from your Apple TV to the activation website.

Activate PBS Kids on Android TV

If you have an Android smart TV or streaming device:

  1. Find PBS Kids app in Google Play Store
  2. Install and open to display activation code
  3. Visit pbskids.org/activate on phone or tablet
  4. Enter code to link Android TV
  5. Complete prompts to activate app

The Google Play Store offers quick access to downloading and activating PBS Kids. You’ll switch to a secondary device to connect using the activation code.

Tip: If using a smartphone or tablet, you can install and activate the PBS Kids app directly without needing the website for activation.

Sign Up for a PBS Kids Account (Optional)

Creating a PBS Kids account is optional but recommended if you want to access bonus features:

  • Save shows for offline viewing
  • Track viewing history
  • Set parental controls for each kid
  • Participate in special activities

To sign up:

  1. Visit PBSKids.org and click Sign Up
  2. Create login email and password
  3. Add child’s name and birthdate (great for customized recommendations!)

With an account, you can also sign in across all devices rather than needing to activate each individually.

So while not required, having a PBS Kids account makes it easy to manage settings and unlock additional content perks across all your kids’ devices.

FAQs: PBS Kids Activation

Still have some questions? Here are answers to common queries about getting access to PBS Kids:

Is PBS Kids really free to watch?

Yes! There is an extensive library of shows, videos, games and more available without any subscriptions or fees.

Can I get PBS Kids on a Roku TV?

Absolutely! Just use the built-in Roku Channel Store to add and then activate the app.

Do I need to sign up just to watch shows?

Nope! You can watch your kids’ favorite series without an account using the app or website.

Does the PBS Kids app work on tablets?

Yes it does! Install from the Play Store or App Store with no activation needed on mobile devices.

What shows are on PBS Kids?

Fan favorites like Sesame Street, Arthur, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and so many more educational programs!

I hope this guide helps you get PBS Kids streaming on your kid’s devices with no hassle or cost. Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments!

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