As far as I know, the Bates family set a record for the largest family yet to visit the Ark Encounter—they have 19 children! Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, along with their children, are the stars of the UP Channel’s reality TV show Bringing Up Bates. And this Thursday, March 9, 2017, you can experience the Ark along with the Bates when their visit is featured in that night’s episode.
Check your local TV listings for when this segment, titled “Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons,” airs in your area. This episode deals with the family’s house fire and their visit to the Ark to take a break from that calamity. It will be shown at 9 p.m. in most areas and perhaps repeated at 10 p.m. (depending on your provider). For example, in our Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, viewers can watch the program on Channel 261 on the Cincinnati Bell/Fioptics cable provider.
This is the fifth season for Gil, Kelly Jo, and their very large family. If you miss watching the show on television, you can view full episodes of Bringing Up Bates and learn more about the Bates on the UP TV website.
Interestingly, the Bates’ friends the Duggar family of reality TV fame also visited our Creation Museum several years ago. They formerly had a show called 19 Kids and Counting on TLC. You can keep up with them in Counting On, the new TLC show that follows the lives of their older daughters’ families.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.