'Sesame Street' 's Elmo to Host 'Virtual Play Date' to Bring Comfort to Kids amid Coronavirus Pandemic

On April 14, Elmo will star in a half-hour Sesame Street special designed to look like a video conference

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Even Elmo is on Zoom!

On April 14, everyone’s favorite fuzzy red muppet is inviting viewers to join him for Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate, which is a half-hour special featuring celebs like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross as part of Sesame Street‘s new Caring for Each Other initiative.

The “virtual play date” special follows Elmo and his Sesame Street pals as they find new ways to learn together online and discover fun things to do at home with their families — plus, they’ll celebrate today’s heroes like EMTs and doctors. The special is taped to look like a video conference — a familiar sight to most kids and their parents these days amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They’ll also sing songs, take dance breaks, and play games. (Hathaway will join in a round of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”)

“We hope Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate will entertain and inspire families at a moment when so many are feeling isolated and overwhelmed by current events,” says Steve Youngwood, Sesame Workshop’s President, Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer.

“With help from our distribution partners around the world, this special will encourage parents and kids to gather and relax as a family — in a way that only the Sesame Street Muppets can,” he says.

Elmo’s Playdate will air Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be available on all WarnerMedia Networks: HBO, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, truTV and PBS KIDS.

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