July 29, 2020
Celebrity Guests Amy Sedaris and Gabrielle Union Join Sesame Street Muppets on a Virtual Scavenger Hunt
(July 29, 2020 – New York, N.Y.) – Summer is in full swing on Sesame Street! Elmo and his friends are back with new games, activities, and celebrity guests – all from the safety of home – in a brand-new Max Original, Elmo’s Playdate: Scavenger Hunt, created and produced by nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and available on HBO Max Thursday, August 6.
Silliness and surprise twists abound in the half-hour special, in which Elmo teams up with Abby Cadabby via video chat for a virtual scavenger hunt. Aided by Sesame Street friends Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo’s dad Louie, and tiger Mr. Stripey, the duo invites children to join in the search for all seven items on their list using the printable worksheet linked here. Along the way, “Monster Foodies” Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up a tasty summer dessert, Amy Sedaris shares an easy craft the whole family can make, and Gabrielle Union leads Elmo and Abby in a sweet sing-along.
“Although summer looks different for many families this year, our Sesame Street characters once again show children that, with a little imagination, staying at home can still be fun,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President of Creative and Production. “We’re grateful to our partners at WarnerMedia and HBO Max for their continued support as we strive to meet the needs of children and families through learning and laughter in these challenging times.”
"The wonderful residents of Sesame Street always know how to make us smile and feel a little better,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, original content, HBO Max. “Our partnership with Sesame Workshop continues to bring joy to families through their educational entertainment made from compassion, understanding and fun.”
This special is the latest effort around the COVID-19 pandemic from nonprofit Sesame Workshop. Through Caring For Each Other, an initiative created by the Workshop in response to this crisis, families can access free resources specifically designed to provide comfort and manage anxiety, create routines, foster playful learning at home, and help children stay physically and mentally healthy.
Caring For Each Other is funded in part by Sesame Workshop’s new Critical Needs Response Fund, a crucial source of flexible funds designed to meet the urgent needs of children and families. To drive support for this Fund, Sesame Workshop has partnered with online fundraising platform Omaze to offer another virtual playdate – for one sweepstakes winner and a guest – with Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Abby Cadabby. The sweepstakes is now live and concludes on Wednesday, August 12. More details and official rules available here. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization 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.
About HBO Max
HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Website: HBOMax.com