Sesame Workshop announced that it will simulcast Elmo’s Virtual Playdate special on April 14, 2020, to help kids and families around the world feel connected during a period of social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Elmo’s Playdate will air on WarnerMedia networks—HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and truTV—and PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and streaming platforms on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT.
PBS stations will re-air the special throughout the month.
“WarnerMedia recognizes how difficult these isolation efforts are for families, especially ones with children,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer.
“With Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate airing simultaneously across our networks, we are confident that this special will bring family members together for a unique in-home viewing experience that will provide laughter, joy and relief during this challenging time.”
Support for Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate on PBS is provided in part by United Healthcare.