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A show where we use our imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

The Imagine Neighborhood The Imagine Neighborhood

    • Education for Kids
    • 4.6 • 161 Ratings

A show where we use our imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

    Friendsgiving

    Friendsgiving

    It’s almost Friendsgiving in The Imagine Neighborhood™! Scotty and Vac have been working on their thank-you jar all year: every time they feel thankful, they put a penny into the jar. And every year on Friendsgiving, a mythical yeti collects everyone’s jars and donates the money to help the Neighborhood—unless Tantrumus Maximus gets his way . . .

    This year, Tantrumus Maximus is determined to ruin Friendsgiving. If nobody has anything to be thankful for, maybe everyone will pay attention to him instead. Tantrumus tries every idea in his evil ideas vault to make Scotty and Vac feel less thankful. But even with burned desserts, a pixie pandemic keeping their friends at home, and Tantrumus stealing the thank-you jar for himself, Scotty and Vac manage to find things to be thankful for—including a surprise visit from a mystery guest!

    It can be hard to find reasons to feel thankful, especially when things go wrong, and especially when a pixie pandemic keeps everyone from being together in person. But that’s a great time to start a thank-you jar! Even if you only get to see your loved ones in BrineBlox instead of in person, you can still drop a penny (or a note, or a poem, or a drawing) in the jar. And if you start filling it up now, maybe you’ll get a visit from the yeti next year!
     
    If you want even more of The Imagine Neighborhood, sign up for our newsletter. Every week, you’ll get additional discussion questions and activity ideas for kids and grown-ups. And you can share your drawings and ideas with us—we love seeing what you come up with, and you might see it featured on our Infinite Refrigerator!

    • 23 min
    Blurghsday 2: The Blurghsening

    Blurghsday 2: The Blurghsening

    It’s Blurghsday AGAIN in The Imagine Neighborhood™. On any given Blurghsday, we get a new rule that changes everybody’s plans for the whole day—usually we can just “Blame it on Blurghsday.” But when too many Blurghsdays happen in a row, Scotty and Doctor Apocalypso start to feel stressed. They need to “get small to deal with it all,” which means taking a break so they’re ready to tackle the next challenge. But when a tidal wave of deli meats threatens the Neighborhood, they realize it’s time to “get large and take charge,” which means to step up and be a helper.

    We can feel stress when there’s too much to handle, and it can feel different to different people.  You might feel it in your body, or in your thoughts and feelings, or in all three. It can make you feel crummy, and it can make it hard to focus your attention or remember to be kind. Sometimes your neighborhood may need you to “get large and take charge.” But if you’re feeling stressed, it’s also important to “get small to deal with it all.” Everybody has their own ways of “getting small” and taking a break from stressful things. You could try spending some quiet time in a private place, or reading a book, or even making some music, just like Doctor Apocalypso.  With special guest voice, Mike Harrington!
     
    If you want even more of The Imagine Neighborhood, sign up for our newsletter. Every week, you’ll get additional discussion questions and activity ideas for kids and grown-ups. And you can share your drawings and reflections with us—we love seeing what you come up with, and you might see it featured on our Infinite Refrigerator!

    • 22 min
    Macho and The Worrycane

    Macho and The Worrycane

    It's Macho's time to shine at the Space Marines Annual Smelling Bee! But there's just one problem: Macho is full of worries. And when Macho's worries get out of control, they become worrywarts that get bigger and bigger! Macho needs Scotty's help to calm down, talk about his worries, and prepare for the things he's worried about—before the worrywarts turn into a worrycane that blows away his chance to win the Smelling Bee!

    Sometimes we worry about everything at once—even the things we can't change. But it's important to calm down and talk about our worries. Otherwise, our worries might turn us into a worrycane! And then we won't even be able to help fix the things we can change.
    If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by pre-election stress, here are a few techniques that can help! And if you want even more of The Imagine Neighborhood, sign up for our newsletter. Every week, you’ll get additional discussion questions and activity ideas for kids and grown-ups. And you can share your drawings and reflections with us—we love seeing what you come up with, and you might see it featured on our Infinite Refrigerator!

    • 20 min
    Macho Is Cyberbullied

    Macho Is Cyberbullied

    Today in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty is inside a video game called BrineBlox. It’s a place where you can build castles, dance studios, koi ponds, or whatever you want—all out of pickles! Everyone’s having a good time . . . until a malevolent bird starts blowing up other players’ creations and leaving mean comments. That’s no way to be a friend—not in a world made out of pickles, or in any game, or in real life. Macho and Scotty decide to get to the bottom of this bullying behavior—and find a big surprise.
     
    In online and computer games, sometimes we forget that our words and actions can cause real hurt feelings. But meanness can’t be solved by more meanness. It’s important to remember to be kind and be a good friend, whether you’re playing on the playground or in a video game made of pickles!
     
    This episode was created in partnership with Common Sense Media. They’re a leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools, and they offer resources on online bullying as included in their Digital Citizenship curriculum.
    If you want even more of The Imagine Neighborhood, sign up for our newsletter. Every week, you’ll get additional discussion questions and activity ideas for kids and grown-ups. And you can share your drawings and reflections with us—we love seeing what you come up with, and you might see it featured on our Infinite Refrigerator!

    • 21 min
    Alakazambra's Halloween Party

    Alakazambra's Halloween Party

    It’s Halloween in The Imagine Neighborhood™! Scotty and Vac have built a super-spooky haunted house, and they can’t wait to scare the socks off of everyone. But when Alakazambra stops by, there’s just one problem: she doesn’t feel scared.
     
    Alakazambra invites Scotty and Vac over to her house for a truly terrifying time, where she conjures the scariest creature in the universe! But this time, Scotty and Vac aren’t scared. It turns out that different people can feel differently about the same things—and that it’s always kind to understand our friends’ perspectives (and maybe help them chase down a monster on the loose).
    If you want even more of The Imagine Neighborhood, sign up for our newsletter. Every week, you’ll get additional discussion questions and activity ideas for kids and grown-ups. And you can share your drawings and reflections with us—we love seeing what you come up with, and you might see it featured on our Infinite Refrigerator!

    • 21 min
    Goodbye Giganticus

    Goodbye Giganticus

    It’s a sad day today in The Imagine Neighborhood™. Doctor Apocalypso’s motorcycle, Giganticus, has gone kaput. He really meant a lot to her; she built him from scratch and they had so many epic adventures riding through the Wasteland together! In a lot of ways, he was her best friend.

    At first, Doc doesn’t know how to feel. She wants to be happy, but she really feels angry and sad. She wants to celebrate Giganticus’s life, but she is so upset that she decides to quit her band. Scotty, her family, and her friends all want to help Doc find a way to feel all her emotions—and they want her to know that she has people around who support her, even when she’s sad.

    When you lose something or someone that is important to you, things can be confusing and really hard. The world feels upside-down for a while. It’s good to feel all of those big feelings, and it can help to talk to a friend or grown-up about what you’re going through. Remember, you have people who love you and who want to know how you’re really feeling. And you will feel more like yourself again someday, but it will take some time. Take that time you need to feel the feelings that come up. And if you have a friend or family member who lost someone or something important to them and is feeling big feelings, let them know that you are there for them.
     
    If you want even more of The Imagine Neighborhood, sign up for our newsletter. Every week, you’ll get additional discussion questions and activity ideas for kids and grown-ups. And you can share your drawings and reflections with us—we love seeing what you come up with, and you might see it featured on our Infinite Refrigerator!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Cora 😊🐢 ,

5 star review from Cora

Hi Scotty!
Me and my brother live in a small town called Leavenworth Washington up in the cascade mountains and love listening to this podcast! A couple of our favorite characters are Macho supreme and tantrumous Maximus. We especially love the Friendsgiving episode. We would love more holiday specials! Thanks for all you do! 😊

Cora

Mrs. Guevarez and 4G ,

Great for School!

My 4th graders love this podcast. It’s a great way to bring SEL concepts into the classroom in a way that is fun, engaging, and screen free. Their drawings brighten my day and they look forward to a new episode every Monday. The “Friendsgiving” episode is in my opinion the best one to date. Relevant, funny, and it gets the kids talking! Can’t wait for more Imagine Neighborhood!

Lizperez81497 ,

Love love love

Love this show! Keeps both my child and I engaged while incorporating time to chat. It also encourages us to be kind and these days- don’t we all need to be kind to each other?
Keep up the great show and it actually makes us look forward to Mondays!

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