Spring is in full swing on Sesame Street! Elmo and his friends are back with new games, activities, and celebrity guests – all from the comfort of home – in a brand-new special, Elmo's Playdate: Scavenger Hunt, created and produced by nonprofit educational organisation Sesame Workshop and available on ABC Kids, October 11, as well as ABC iview and ABC Kids app.
Silliness and surprise twists abound in the half-hour special, in which Elmo teams up with Abby Cadabby via video chat for a virtual scavenger hunt. Aided by Sesame Street friends Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo's dad Louie, and tiger Mr. Stripey, the duo invites children to join in the search for all seven items on their list using the printable worksheet linked here. Along the way, Monster Foodies' Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up a tasty dessert, Amy Sedaris shares an easy craft the whole family can make, and Gabrielle Union leads Elmo and Abby in a sweet sing-along.
"Although spring and summer look different for many families this year, our Sesame Street characters once again show children that, with a little imagination, staying at home can still be fun," said Whit Higgins, Vice President of International Media Distribution and Business Development, Sesame Workshop. "We're grateful to our partners at ABC Kids for their continued support as we strive to meet the needs of children and families through learning and laughter in these challenging times."
This special is the latest effort around the COVID-19 pandemic from Sesame Workshop. Through Caring For Each Other, an initiative created by the Workshop in response to this crisis, families can access free resources specifically designed to provide comfort and manage anxiety, create routines, foster playful learning at home, and help children stay physically and mentally healthy.
Caring For Each Other is funded in part by Sesame Workshop's new Critical Needs Response Fund, a crucial source of flexible funds designed to meet the urgent needs of children and families.
Sesame Street content continues to be available via ABC Kids each weekday morning at 9.30am. The episodes are also available any time on ABC iview and the ABC Kids app.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help Kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We're present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org