Say hello to Bao-Bao the giant panda cub and 15 of her furry classmates! This charming new synth-pop number introduces kids and families to the methods used in China's wildlife preserves to successfully raise pandas in an environment where some can be reintroduced to the wild. This practice has helped the giant panda species come back from endangered status.
The voices of Kindergarteners and a 2nd grader blend nicely with

"Awesome Amy's" call-and-response vocals and really help set the cute scene.

This single marks "Jersey Jason's" first self-produced Jungle Gym Jam track. "My first love as a young rock musician in the 80s was the synthesizer," says Jason. "For this production, I started with completely plain synth tones and shaped them in ways that reminded me of those sounds I cherished as a kid."

For an artist producing his own music, it's always good to have a friend with production skills and great ears give a listen, so Jason turned to John Cullimore of Chibi Kodama, an extremely prolific, skilled and creative self-producer of cool kids' music, to help critique and hone the sound of the finished product.

The song was inspired by Jason and Amy's trip with their family to the Smithsonian National Zoo where they came face-to-face with Bao-Bao, a giant panda cub. This special experience led them to the educational book "Panda Kindergarten" written by Joanna Ryder and illustrated with photographs by Kathleen Feng, published by Harper Collins.


Ni Hao! I'm Bao-Bao the Panda and I'm 2 years old
Born the size of a stick of butter, so I'm told
At first fuzzy and pink and now I'm black and white
When my eyes began to work, Mom was such a beautiful sight!

Well, the years went by and Mom and I began doing our own thing
And then my human teachers took me under their wings
Under their wings…

We get an awesome start in (awesome start in)
Our Panda kindergarten (Pandagarten)
Our teachers put the heart in (put the heart in)
Our Panda Kindergarten (Pandagarten)
We grow capable and smart in (Growing smart in)
Our panda kindergarten (Pandagarten)
That's where we learn and play

Verse 2:
There are sixteen pandas in my class
It's me and my furry friends
On a playground where we swing and climb
And try again and again

All this exercise and these healthy treats
Help us grow big and strong
For a year or so we'll learn new skills
And how to get along

When we graduate, some classmates will stay here to have a child
And the most daring and adaptable will be picked to live out in the wild


(Pandagarten) Pandagarten
That's where we learn and play
(Pandagarten) Pandagarten
That's where we learn and play


released June 23, 2017
© 2017, Lyrics by Jason & Amy Didner, Music by Jason Didner
Produced by Jason Didner
Jason Didner – Lead and backing vocals, synthesizer, acoustic guitar
Backing vocals by Amy Didner, Holly, Natalie, Maya and Elisa
Mastered with LANDR Automated Mastering Services
Published by Knock-Knock Music (ASCAP)



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Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam Montclair, New Jersey

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam is an award-winning "kindie" band that brings a true rock-n-roll spirit to songs that emphasize kindness, active play, imagination and love of learning. The band's debut album "Everyone's Invited!" was honored with the Parents' Choice® Approved seal. The sound is often compared to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and The Ramones -- for kids and families. ... more

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