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United Healthcare Provides Sesame Street Reading Corners

United Healthcare had provided Sesame Street themed reading corners for medical offices in the Iowa area.   For several years United Healthcare and Sesame Street have teamed up to provide health related messages to children and their families.   You might remember that in 2011, United Healthcare began several different health related campaigns including: “Lead Away”, and “A is for Asthma”  In this latest venture, 15 health centers in Iowa received Sesame Street theme chairs, tables, and  books.  These books teach about healthy habits and are meant to encourage reading with children.   This a great bonus, because exposure to books encourages reading.



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I Am Big Bird in Theaters Documents Carroll Spinney’s Life

Carroll Spinney in 1978 on the set of  The Muppet Movie

Carroll Spinney in 1978 on the set of The Muppet Movie

Carroll Spinney has been a part of the iconic children’s television sow Sesame Street since it began decades ago. Even though we may not recognize him on the street, most of America would recognize the Muppet he has voiced, Big Bird. I Am Big Bird is a documentary that want to show us the many behind the gigantic 6 year-old Muppet that has taught generations of children about being a friend, sharing our feelings and many other childhood things. In this documentary that was funded by a Kickstarter project we get to see more about the man behind the Muppet. In fact there is more Spinney’s career than just voicing Big Bird. He has also been the voice of Oscar the Grouch. He loves what he does and even the age of 81, he continues to voice Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. The documentary, I Am Big Bird, can be seen in theaters and streamed on cable VOD/iTunes.

You can watch a trailer of I am Big Bird below.

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Sesame Workshop working to Bring Iftah Ya Simsim to Arab States

Grover Iftah Ya SimsimIftah Ya Simsim, an Arab version of Sesame, is set to make a comeback. Sesame Workshop and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS) are partnering to bring the program back to the area. Iftah Ya Simsim first aired in Kuwait in 1979 and ran until the Gulf War in the 1990. ABEGS which consists of: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, and Qatar. Sesame Workshop has been working to help bring back Iftah Ya Simsim to the region and provide the some of the same educational benefits that children in the United States experience from watching Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop has worked with many nations to help provide culturally relevant versions of Sesame Street. These versions incorporate, not only the language of the area, but also the cultural experiences that are familiar to each child of the region. One example is the HIV positive Muppet, Kami, who appears on Sesame Square in Nigeria.

Iftah Ya Simsim is scheduled to begin airing once again in 2015. Education experts from ABEGS and Sesame Workshop are collaborating to ensure to that it provides the beneficial educational benefits for children 4-6.

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Sesame Workshop Partners to Provided Family Engagement for Early Education

HIllary ClintonSesame Workshop and Ounce (The Ounce of Prevention Fund) are teaming in up to increase family engagement for early education.     The two will be collaborating with the National Head Start Association (NHSA)  to develop  programs that will get parents and caregivers more involved in the education of the young children in their lives.   Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced this new initiative as part of Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

The new program rolls out in early 2015 and will feature 3   major components:  a mobile platform, a social network, and a toolkit.

The mobile platform will offer videos,as well as activities that include parenting tips and information.   The social network will allow parents to connect and share information.   Finally, the toolkit will offer additional tools to help with the engagement of parents.

Parents want to have their child achieve the best they can in life and beginning early sets the stage for future success.   Although this particular initiative does not begin until next year there is a wealth of resources available at  online websites, your local library, and community center to help parents provide the best start for their children.

Online Parenting Resources is a resource that has been around for several years.   Parents can find expert advice on many different topics.  PBS Parents also provides information on what topics are taught on the programs that are aired on PBS.

NIH(National Institute of Health) parenting page.  There are links to several resources for babies to teens.

You may also have some other parenting resources that you have found valuable over the years.  Feel free to comment below and leave suggestions on  resources that you think will be a benefit to other parents and care givers.


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Sesame Street Live, Elmo’s World Tour in Australia

Elmo's World TourElmo’s World Tour, a live performance, begins touring throughout Australia this October. Elmo and Sesame Street are well known among Australian children and children throughout the world. The program airs throughout the world in different countries and in many different languages. Australia began airing Sesame Street in 1971 and has become part of the culture of since then. Little ones will get to watch some of their favorite Sesame Street characters come to life in Elmo’s World Tour. Elmo’s World Tour is an attractive show to young children and their families and it begins touring once again after taking a brief hiatus.

Audience members will go on an adventure around the world with Cookie Monster with Letter CElmo and some of his Sesame Street friends. While traveling to distant lands Elmo will also get to meet new friends. Like on the Sesame Street television show, the characters will run into some mishaps. Using their problem solving skills, they will all have to work together to solve each problem. We know that Abby Cadabby is a fairy in training, and like any other trainee, she runs into a few little glitches. Another problem occurs when Cookie Monster, who we all knows loves cookies, eats that letter “C”. After all we do know that “C” is for cookie and how could we expect his to resist. Along with the drama and story, you will get some singing and dancing that are a part of the many of the live Sesame Street performances.

Although the tours does not begin until October, those that are eager to reserve their seats, can begin purchasing tickets to the performance now (Ticket sales began June 12th). So far, there are 10 different locations that are scheduled for performances from October through November.

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Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast Has Sesame Place Specials

Big Bird Sesame Place Preferred HotelSesame Place has named Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast the official Sesame Street Place hotel. Sesame Place is the Sesame Street themed amusement park located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Their official hotel, Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast, is located in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Based on directions from Google Maps, the hotel and theme park are about 12 minutes away from each other(Of course heavy traffic may add to the travel time.). The close proximity to the park is a perk for when your fun filled day leaves you a little tired and you want to get back to your hotel and rest. Close distance is not the only perk that the relationship you can experience by stay at the Radisson Hotel.

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Radisson Hotel official Sesame Place HotelSome of the other perks that vary throughout the season include children themed events during the evenings this summer. Sesame Street Place also has packages that include special rates on hotel and Sesame Place admission tickets. Deals and discounts do change, so you should check to see some updated deals. Specials currently include buy 2 nights and get 1 night free and 2 free Sesame Place Fun Cards that can be used for free admission through the end of this year.

Of course, you do not have to stay ate the Radisson Hotel to be able to enjoy a visit to the area and Sesame Place. Tickets to Sesame Street Place can be purchased separately online or in person. Sesame Place is not opened year round, so check their online calendar or call ahead of time before making plans to visit the park.


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Additional Sesame Street Programming Airing Fall 2014.

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Sesame Street On PBS Kids

PBS announced they will be airing 30 minute episodes of Sesame Street during the afternoon.  Don’t worry!  The regular one hour episodes are not going away.   These 30 minute afternoon episodes will be in addition to those morning airings.    PBS said that they would like to reach more children and their families so that more children can receive that positive impact of viewing the program.    Along with airing on television, the 30 minute Sesame Street will be available in entirety on, the PBS Kids Video App, and the PBS Kids Roku channel.   The 30 minute episode videos will all be for free on these formats.

Much of what Sesame Street teaches will all be condensed into the shorter 30 minute episodes.   Viewers will still get an opportunity to view many of the segments that are part of longer hour format.    The press release say that the 30 minute episodes will include “Street Story”, “Word on the Street”, “Cookies Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0”

This is a great opportunity for young children that are not able to watch the program in the morning.  When they come home from school or daycare they can watch and benefit from the lessons taught on Sesame Street.

The first airing of the 30 minute afternoon Sesame Street episodes will be September 1st.   Even if you miss it, you can still watch it online or on any of the other delivery methods.

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Kermit and Miss Piggy Part of Fourth of July Celebration

Fireworks and the American FlagKermit and Miss Piggy joined in entertaining the American people during a 4th of July celebration that aired on PBS.   This was the 34th airing of “A Capitol Fourth”, which aired live on PBS and was hosted by Tom Bergeron.   Tom Bergeron has hosted the event before, and many viewers may recognized him and his magnetic smile from  Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Bergeron and our Muppet friend were just some of the recognizable stars that joined in the celebration.  Audience members were entertained with many musical performances, which included those played by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Other appearances and performances were done by Frankie Valli, John Williams, Patti Labell, Phillip Phillips,  Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt, Kelli O’Hara, Jack Everly, Choral Arts Society of Washington, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets,  The U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery,  The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, and the Military Districts of Washington.

Even if you missed the airing of the program, you can still watch clips online at the PBS website.


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Sesame Street Figures Forming Before Your Eyes with 3D Printer

Mr. Snuffleupagus 3D Printing

Mr. Snuffleupagus 3D Printing

You may not know exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but not you can bring some more of the street to you with 3D printers.     MarcoBot, a manufacturer of 3D printers, has been licensed to provide files of several Sesame Street characters that you can use to create 3D figures.     These are files that will be downloaded from their online store, but not all characters are currently available.  The first character they have for purchase is Mr. Snufflufagus.   Snuffy, as most Sesame Street fans know, is Big Bird’s best friend.    You can get the Snuffy file for $1.29.

According to information at,,   the 3D Snuffleupagus    takes 2 hours and 52 minutes to complete printing.  It is also noted on the web page that the figure is not a toy.

Of course you will need to have more than a $1.29 file to get a 3D printing of Snuffy; you will also need to have access to as 3D printer.     MakerBot sells 3D printers, and according to their website, the prices range from $1,375 to $6,499.   Not all of their printers are compatible with Snuffy  file.    The Replicator 2 and Replicator (Fifth Generation Model) are the only printers listed as compatible with the file.

You are not limited to having to own a MakerBot printer.  You can also visit one of their stores to have 3D image printed for you.  You will have to contact the stores to find out the actual of having a figure printed in the store.    They currently have stores in New York, New York;   Boston, Massachusetts; and Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Fix Broken Hokey Pokey Elmo Leg

A while back we received a message from a site visitor that requested help in fixing the leg of a Hokey Pokey Elmo that she owns.  Because this is a fan site, and we are not affiliated with Sesame Street or their products, we were not able to answer that question.  If anyone has information that they would like to share please leave a comment below and let us know.   If you have been a consumer that needed a toy repaired or a service provider that repairs toys, we welcome your comments and advice. 

A copy of the message is posted below.

I have an Elmo that has a broken leg and I can’t seem to find where to send him for repairs.. please help.


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