HBO and Sesame Workshop—in partnership with local public television stations—announced the launch of the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour, a free, multi-city experiential tour timed to and inspired by the new, 47th season of Sesame Street, the gold standard in children’s television. Created especially for preschool fans and their families, this immersive, limited-engagement tour features hands-on digital learning fun, participation from local libraries in each community including bilingual English / Spanish books and activities, “meet and greets” with the costumed characters, a 15-minute interactive live stage show starring walk-around versions of the series’ beloved characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and other special surprises! For more information, visit http://www.hbokids.com/popuptour.
“Teaching kindness has been at the core of Sesame Street since it first arrived on television and remains just as important today as it was then,” says Dennis Williams, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO. “The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tourcontinues in this tradition of presenting such important lessons to preschoolers. As a proud partner with Sesame Workshop and local public television stations, we will bring the joy of Sesame Street to communities and share this magical experience with children and their families who will be able to see, touch, and interact with their favorite Sesame friends up close.”
The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour Schedule:
Saturday, January 7th New York (Roosevelt Field/Garden City, NY)
Saturday, January 14th Atlanta (Perimeter Mall/Atlanta, GA)
Saturday, January 21st Miami (Pembroke Lakes Mall/Pembroke Pines, FL)
Saturday, January 28th Denver (Flatiron Crossing/Broomfield, CO)
Saturday, February 4th Seattle (Westfield Southcenter/Seattle, WA)
Saturday, February 11th Portland (Washington Square/Portland, OR)
Saturday, February 18th San Francisco (Stoneridge Shopping Center/Pleasanton, CA)
Saturday, February 25th Los Angeles (Westfield Culver City/Culver City, CA)
Sunday, March 5th Minneapolis (Mall of America/Bloomington, MN)
TBD Texas (TBD)
“In keeping with the Sesame Street mission, the K is for Kindness Tour aims to spark imagination, inspire a love of reading, cultivate kindness, and provide an element of surprise for children at each and every stop,” says Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop. “The tour complements Sesame Street’s kindness curriculum, which is woven throughout the new season.”
In addition to a “kindness” curriculum, the new season of Sesame Street also features everyone’s favorite furry red monster, Elmo, in a new updated, fun, and fresh version of “Elmo’s World.” In 25 five-minute installments, lessons are taught through pre-school relevant topics, live action films, and interactive thinking games such as matching, sorting, and counting. Kids accompany Elmo and his friend Smartie, an animated cell phone and learning tool, as he uses his imagination to dive into the topic of the day.
Elmo and the rest of his friends can be seen throughout season 47, as well as in previous episodes of Sesame Street currently available on HBO and PBS KIDS and on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. Sesame Street content continues to be available to PBS KIDS viewers on weekdays and Sundays on local stations, and on the PBS KIDS Video App.
Credit: Sesame Workshop, HBO.