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OF, BY AND FOR THE CHILDREN : Sea World special dives into the questions about oceans, land and atmosphere

April 28, 1991|LAUREN LIPTON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

How does gravity work? How do animals sleep? What does it feel like to touch a dolphin? How do plants sense touch? Excuse me, where is the nearest refreshment stand?

"Sea World Mother Earth Celebration" plans to answer all these questions--except the last one, perhaps. Hosted by teen actress Mayim Bialik ("Blossom"), the special salutes natural wonders with music, fun scientific segments, and even the "World's Largest Greeting Card," created by scores of children from around the country. You'll see what it's like to go on a safari, cavort with Shamu the Killer whale, and, of course, get a tour of San Diego's Sea World.

"Sea World Mother Earth Celebration," noon-1 p.m. ABC. For all ages.

MORE KIDS' SHOWS

In a special episode of The Adventures of the Black Stallion (today 7:30-8 p.m. the Family Channel), the Black falls ill with a life-threatening virus and must fight to survive. For all ages.

The Littl' Bits--stars of a new animated series on Nickelodeon (weekdays starting Wednesday 2-2:30 p.m.)--are lovable pixies who work hard to keep peace and tranquility within their homeland, the Enchanted Forest. For 2- to 6-year-olds.

The upbeat special Cool Moves--Teens Together (Wednesday 8-9 p.m. KPBS, 9-10 p.m. KOCE and 10-11 p.m. KVCR) focuses on youth who make positive contributions to the world around them--including a group of Los Angeles teens who work to clean up graffiti and pollution. Malcolm-Jamal Warner hosts. For ages 12 and up.

In The Trouble With Grandpa (Thursday 4:30-5 p.m. and early Friday 5:30-6 a.m. Showtime), an insecure girl and her elderly grandfather find the strength within each other to cope with their difficult lives. For ages 7 and up.

In the animated fairy tale The Admiral and the Princess (Friday 11:30 a.m.-noon the Disney Channel), a princess' true love is turned into a bird by a bad witch. For all ages.

A courageous Pilgrim girl tells a kid's-eye-version of the story of the Mayflower voyage to the New World in "Pilgrim Journey" (Saturday 6-6:30 a.m. KNBC), a Young People's Special. For 5- to 11-year-olds.

The original Valley Girls are all, like, junior executives by now, but anyone in the throes of young love will still relate to 1982's Valley Girl (Saturday 3-5 p.m. KTLA). For ages 11 and up.

Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall star in Sixteen Candles (Saturday 4-6 p.m. KCOP), John Hughes' pre-"Home Alone" comedy about a teen-ager whose birthday doesn't go exactly as planned. For ages 13 and up.

The 1986 movie The Adventures of Milo and Otis (Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. HBO; Saturday 7-8:30 p.m. the Disney Channel and Saturday 6:30-8 p.m. Showtime) stars a dog and a cat. For all ages.

In Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Saturday 6-8 p.m. KCOP), the cartoonish character of questionable age searches for his missing bike. For ages 5 and up (although some parts might be scary).

The sometimes violent 1980 fantasy/adventure Superman II (Saturday 8-10:30 p.m. KCOP) continues the saga of the Man of Steel. For ages 8 and up.

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