The Strong and Sesame Workshop Partner for Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 18 and 19

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 •

April 17, 2019

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong and Sesame Workshop Partner for a
Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Celebration
on May 18 & 19

The Strong National Museum of Play and Sesame Workshop are teaming up to present a celebration of Sesame Street's 50th anniversary at The Strong museum on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. The weekend of festivities will commemorate the 50 years that Sesame Street has enriched children’s lives.

Meet Walkaround Abby Cadabby

“For decades, Sesame Street and the nonprofit Sesame Workshop has helped children learn and grow through creativity and play, all of which speak to the mission of The Strong,” says Cathy DeBellis, The Strong’s director of public programs. “The museum is the perfect place to host an anniversary celebration—especially with our Sesame Street exhibit, which we featured in a recent video. We look forward to offering family-friendly programming to highlight the influence of Sesame Street.”

The weekend includes meet and greets with Walkaround Abby Cadabby on Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Sunday from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Guests can pose for a picture with the popular fairy-in-training at a designated time by picking up a free ticket one hour before designated meeting times, while supplies last.

All weekend long, families can take part in active story readings of The Monster at the End of This Book and get pumped up with physical play with activities such as a game of Super Grover Says. Guests can work together to create a pretend cake inspired by Cookie Monster’s favorite treat to celebrate Sesame Street’s milestone anniversary. Along with the program, The Strong is adding a Sesame Street display to its America at Play exhibit. Guests can check out design concepts and illustrations from American artist, inventor, and designer Bonnie Erickson, who developed toys and other products for Sesame Street. Artifacts donated by the family of Jim Henson will also be on view in the display. The Sesame Street exhibit recently underwent renovations, including updates to a 50-year timeline and the addition of Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck stand.

This event at The Strong is part of Sesame Street’s yearlong anniversary celebration, which includes a nationwide road trip, a special 50th television season, new community initiatives, and more. Information about the activities can be found at

All Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration activities at The Strong are included with general museum admission fees.


About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.