Elmo & His “Sesame Street” Friends Will Host a Virtual Play Date to Help Kids

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Elmo is on Zoom! On Apr. 14, your favorite red monster is inviting viewers to join him for Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate. This half-hour special will feature guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross as part of Sesame Street‘s new Caring for Each Other initiative.

The “virtual play date” special follows Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and a few famous friends as they find new ways to learn together online and discover fun things to do at home with their families like baking cookies. They will also celebrate EMTs, doctors, and other everyday heroes who are helping families through the health crisis. The special is taped to look like a video conference, which is becoming more common for kids these days due to virtual classrooms and parents working from home.

“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.”

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate will air Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be available on all WarnerMedia Networks: HBO, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, truTV and PBS KIDS.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Sesame Workshop


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