Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organisation behind Sesame Street is streaming Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate on ABC Kids to offer Australian families a moment of joy and connection in these challenging times.
Elmo’s Playdate will feature everyone’s favourite Sesame Street friends with celebrity guests Anne Hathaway, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tracee Ellis Ross, it will air on ABC Kids on Saturday 30th May 2020 at 9.30 am.
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
ABC’s younger viewers.
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
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 9.30 am. 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.
Do you need ideas on how to keep the kids engaged while spending time at home? Be sure to check out our other blogs:
• Google Arts and Culture – virtual tours for kids
• NGV Kids – free kids activities for home
• Free ACMI online School Holiday Activities for kids
• Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo streaming live videos
• Kids Storytime goes online
• Kids can enjoy Melbourne Museums at Home
• Tate Kids free at-home activities
• Sydney Opera House online hub – ‘For the Kids’
• Australian National Maritime Museum online activities and games
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