Coming up on The Children’s Hour get blown away with us as we learn all about balloons. We begin with the history of hot air balloons, and we end up in the air on a real balloon. Then we explore latex balloon art and clothing with the team at Airigami.  Plus, find out what happens when helium balloons get released into nature. And that mysterious object you might see floating around in the middle of the day in the skies above you? That might be a weather balloon! All of this is mixed with great music!     

We begin our exploration of ballooning at the beginning. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier were aviation pioneers, and launched the first hot air balloon in 1783 at Versailles in France. 

Then our Kids Crew member, Jena Ritchey got into a hot air balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest balloon rally held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in early October every year. We also hear a cinquain poem from Mrs. Shannon Estes’ class in 2010 at Manzano Mesa Elementary in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Learn about the incredible art of Airigami, balloon artists out of Rochester, New York who create giant sculptures and displays out of ordinary latex balloons. Kelly Cheatle and Larry Moss have presented their unique style around the world.

The kids in the Extinction Diaries at KFOI have a message about releasing helium balloons. It turns out they are catastrophic for animals, who mistake them for food and typically choke or starve after eating them. 

There are practical scientific applications for releasing balloons into nature, including the enormous weather balloons that you may see floating in the sky in the middle of the day. These are released daily from hundreds of locations worldwide, and help meteorologists predict the weather, and climate scientists see longterm weather patterns. 

Get blown away with us as we learn about ballooning this time on The Children’s Hour.

This episode was recorded and produced at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with help from Jena Ritchey, as well as at the Sunspot Solar Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Christina Stella is our Senior Producer, Katie Stone is our Executive Producer. 

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Playlist: Ballooning

Big BalloonSteve Pullara And His Cool Beans BandSpinning Tails
Where Do They Make Balloons?They Might Be Giants (For Kids)No!
Big BalloonRoger DayReady to Fly
Jimmy's Big BalloonDave RudolfWestward Whoa!
Big BalloonPaper RainbowsBig Balloon - Single
Fornax DittieBlue Dot SessionsFornax
SeashorePodington BearCarefree
QuatrefoilPodington BearCarefree
Any Way The Wind BlowsSeth Hoffman2009 Class CD
Balloon-Alloon-AlloonTom PaxtonI've Got a Yo-Yo
Toribio the Clown Gets His Groove BackHip Hop HoodiosAgua Pa' la Gente
Don't Release That BalloonBill Oliver, Glen Waldeck & The Otter Space BandHave To Have A Habitat
The Balloon SongLittle Blue Globe BandIt's a Toddler's World
Red BalloonFrances EnglandMind of My Own
Flying StarfishElena Moon ParkUnhurried Journey
Rocketride (Kiwi Kids in Space)Claudia Robin GunnLittle Wild Universe (Instrumentals)
FallingPoi Dog PonderingPoi Dog Pondering

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