Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate to Air on ABC Kids To Offer Australian Families a Moment of Joy and Connection in Challenging Times

Airing Saturday 30th May, at 9.30am on ABC Kids

Celebrity guests Anne Hathaway, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tracee Ellis Ross join Elmo and friends for a half-hour “virtual playdate” on ABC Kids, as well as ABC iview and ABC Kids app

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organisation behind Sesame Street, today announced that Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate, featuring everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends with celebrity guests Anne Hathaway, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tracee Ellis Ross, will air on ABC Kids on Saturday 30th May, 2020 at 9.30am. The special will also be available on ABC iview and ABC Kids app, as well as the Go Away Germs! Collection, featuring germ busting episodes and content that explain some of the big questions around the coronavirus for the ABC’s younger viewers.

“We hope Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate will entertain and inspire Australian families at a moment when so many are still 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. Celebrities and Sesame Street friends will sing songs, play games, and take silly dance breaks. Tracee Ellis Ross plays a game of “Elmo Says,” Lin-Manuel Miranda pops in for a few rounds of “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” Anne Hathaway and Elmo get moving with “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and more. Kids will love getting a visit from their Sesame Street friends, and caregivers will appreciate how the special models playful learning opportunities they can use at home.

Sesame Workshop is committed to supporting families through this unprecedented time of uncertainty with the new Caring for Each Other initiative. As the situation evolves, SesameStreet.org/caring will be updated to meet the changing needs of caregivers and young children. 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. Families can find Sesame Street on ABC Kids each weekday morning at 9.30am. The episodes are also available any time on ABC iview and ABC Kids app. Additionally, over 110 Sesame Street ebooks are available for free on all major ebook platforms.

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

 

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Esencia Communications

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