If you’ve got an Elmo fan in your house then mark your calendars because Tuesday at 7PM EST he’s hosting a virtual playdate and everyone is invited. Celebrity guests including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway, and Tracee Ellis Ross will join Elmo and friends for a half-hour playdate to be broadcast on Warner Media Networks ( HBO, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and trueTV) as well as PBS Kids 24/7 channel and streaming platforms. PBS stations will re-air the special throughout the month.
“We hope Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate will entertain and inspire families at a moment when so many are feeling isolated and overwhelmed by current events,” said Steve Youngwood, Sesame Workshop’s President, Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer. “With help from our distribution partners around the world, this special will encourage parents and kids to gather and relax as a family, in a way that only the Sesame Street Muppets can.”
The half-hour special follows Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and a few famous friends as they find new ways to play and learn together. Celebrating everyone from the EMTs, doctors, and other everyday heroes who are helping families through the health crisis as well as things like the simple pleasures of baking cookies at home, the playdate takes the form of a cozy video conference that will feel very familiar to today’s viewers.
This event is part of a larger Caring for Each Other initiative launched by the Sesame Workshop as part of their commitment to supporting families during this unprecedented time. The Caring for Each Other resources are designed to help parents: provide comfort and manage anxiety; create routines; foster playful learning at home; and keep kids physically and mentally healthy.
For more information about the initiative visit www.sesameworkshop.org.
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