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