It’s no secret my family are huge fans of anything Sesame Street. We watch the show weekly, have visited Sesame Place and now can add visiting the Sesame Street Exhibit to the list. My boyfriend found online that the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts was setting up an exhibition to give fans of all ages the opportunity to experience what it’s like to create an episode of the show and get close to their fuzzy and furry friends from the street. The children’s program is celebrating 45 years on television with this interactive behind the scenes look at the show. The bonus is that it’s free and who doesn’t love that!?
The exhibit was small, but had loads of information from 45 years back when Sesame Street started; the history, behind the scenes, scripts, lead sheets, designs, video and photography from the archives of Sesame Workshop. For adults, it was so interesting to see how the show was created (during a dinner party), behind the look scenes, and even sketches of our adoring Abby Cadabby! For kids, they had fun seeing Oscar The Grouch introducing himself in the beginning of the exhibit, watching videos, drawing on a huge chalkboard, reading, interacting with virtual games and seeing many of the other characters.
A couple downsides was that all the puppets were behind plexiglass , which is of course understandable, but still! I’m like a kid I want to touch! Also, it reminded me of many of the adoring muppets we grew up to love that are no longer being shown as much or not at all on Sesame Street; the Count, Big Bird, the Owl, Snuffleupagus, the Honkers! Why, oh why can’t we just make room for everyone?
Okay, tears done.. 45 years of Sesame Street will continue to be open to the public until January 31, 2015! To view the schedule of hours check out New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Now time for pictures!