PBS has created an online neighborhood for preschoolers, the latest of a growing number of subscription-based educational sites.

The service, PBS Kids Play!, opens today for a free beta trial period. It's designed to let children 3 to 6 play and learn with the help of characters such as Curious George and The Berenstain Bears. Activities will be added every week featuring Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and characters from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

When the trial ends before spring, the service will cost $9.95 a month or $79 a year. PBS expects some local TV...

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