NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and heading out on a road trip.
The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities.READ MORE: Basketball Hall Of Famer's Shop With A Cop Program Helps Build Trust Between Police And Kids
Steve Youngwood, the chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop, says the tour is both “a nod to the work we’ve done and a nod to the work we’re going to do” but also “a celebration and reward to everyone who helped us get here.”
The Muppets will spend Friday-Sunday in each city, filming segments for the show with local kids and highlighting people and places important to the community. There also will be activities like a giant maze, a treasure dig, photo opportunities, sweepstakes and a cookies-and-milk snack station.
The tour starts June 1 in New York and makes its way to Dallas on July 6.READ MORE: Hundreds Come Out To Honor Fallen Mesquite Officer In Prayer Vigil
Other Saturday celebrations across the country have the tour going to Washington, D.C., on June 8; Pittsburgh on June 15; Detroit on June 22; Chicago on June 29; Kansas City on July 13; Denver on July 20; Seattle on July 27 and Los Angeles on August 3.
“It brings together who we are — from the show to the local community organization to the fans — in a way that we had absolutely never done. It’s amazing. You think 50 years and things we’ve never done before: This level of local engagement in a comprehensive way is something we’ve never done. And we’re really, really excited.”
The 50th season of “Sesame Street” kicks off in November with a star-studded primetime special that will include new takes on classic segments and visits from “Sesame Street” icons.MORE NEWS: Oklahoma Hires Clemson's Venables As Coach
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