Pro­mo- This is cross-post­ed to The Social Com­merce Mom blog

If you are like me, you grew up watch­ing Sesame Street on TV. I always want­ed to meet the char­ac­ters in per­son, but nev­er got the chance until we went to Beach­es. That’s why it’s so cool that they are doing a mul­ti-city expe­ri­en­tial tour around the US called the K is for Kind­ness Tour. And to top it off, it’s FREE!!!

And if you are liv­ing in South Flori­da, you are in luck. The tour is com­ing to Pem­broke Lakes Mall on Sat­ur­day, 1/21/17  between 11am and 4pm. There will be mul­ti­ple 15-minute shows, so don’t wor­ry if you aren’t there by 11am.  (Pem­broke Lakes Mall offers fam­i­ly-friend­ly events through­out the year, so be sure to check out their events cal­en­dar).

I am so excit­ed! I final­ly get to meet Cook­ie Mon­ster! I used to lug around a stuffed ver­sion of him with wig­gly eyes that real­ly moved. I loved open­ing and clos­ing his mouth to chomp on the cook­ies. To me it didn’t mat­ter that the cook­ies fell right out, because that’s what hap­pened on the show too! Also mak­ing appear­ances in this tour are Elmo & Abby Cad­ab­by! Dit­tles loves Abby. I mean, how could she not love a lit­tle girl with pink skin & pur­ple hair? And Elmo is adorable!

Here’s a bit more about the K is for Kind­ness Tour:

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!

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 Tour con­tin­ues 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.”

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.

Pro­duced by the non­prof­it edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion Sesame Work­shopSesame Street is under­writ­ten in part by Beach­es Resorts and Unit­ed­Health­care.

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Doesn’t this sound like a GREAT event? I am so look­ing for­ward to it. In fact, I am dri­ving down from Orlan­do to see it for myself! I hope you can make it out to Pem­broke Lakes Mall on the 21st. If you live some­where else, be sure to check their tour sched­ule below to find out their next stops.

Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas has part­nered with GGP Pem­broke Lakes Mall to share this free fam­i­ly-friend­ly Sesame Street event with our read­ers, and are being com­pen­sat­ed for this part­ner­ship. All opin­ions expressed are our own.