LIBRARY OF PERFORMING ARTS, NEW YORK, NY- The New York Public Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center has a fun exhibit for children, and the child at heart. “Somebody Come and Play” is an exhibit celebrating Sesame Street’s success on television. The best part is I got to enjoy it with my little cousin Liann, and my sister Alondra (who both wore my college hoodies).
It was no Sesame Place, but the exhibit had the toddler in me excited, and at the same time I felt old. I remember watching Sesame Street and seeing monsters like Razzel and the Yip- Yip aliens. I really had to ask who Murray and Abby Kadabby are. The exhibit answered those questions and kept me interested on the history of Sesame Street. It started out as a research project to answer the question “can children learn basic skills watching television?” The project soon became a successful educational television program that now everyone enjoys. There was nothing better for me as a kid than learning the alphabet and numbers with the monsters on the show. Even my bilingual skills improved with Rosita and Maria.
Of course the beloved characters are a part of the exhibit; Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover, The Count, Zoe, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, and even Snuffleupagus ( I had to look up the spelling for this one). The compositions for some of their songs are on display as well. “C is for Cookie” and “Rubber Duckie” are some of my favorites. Alondra loved seeing the lyrics to “Elmo’s World”. Elmo is her favorite and Liann’s too. We read through the Sesame Street theme song. Does anyone notice it does not really answer the question of how to get to there?
Behind the scene photos tell the story of what goes on behind the cameras. It takes two people to make Snuffy move, and Big Bird is eight feet tall. Producing segments that both entertains and educates a child is a lot of hard work, but for 45 years Sesame Street has done an amazing job.
The exhibit also has an interactive wall where your child can write on it. They can even watch some Sesame Street videos and take photos with the Honkers. If your child feels brave enough to bother Oscar the Grouch, all he or she needs to do is push a button. Photography is allowed. I got Liann and Alondra their own Elmo’s. Just seeing how much fun they had was enough for me. I did get my mom a Cookie Monster plush so her inner child can smile. “Somebody come and Play” is open until January 31st, 2015. Admission is free.
For more information visit: http://www.nypl.org/sesamestreet