Sesame Street
Snuffleupagus picnic in Central Park
Air date April 7, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Emily Squires
Production June 1-2 (remote)
December 14, 1988 (Unitel)
Sponsors B, D, 8
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Snuffy comes by to pick up Big Bird for a picnic in Central Park with Mommy Snuffleupagus and Alice. However, as Susan reports, Big Bird has come down with the flu and is unable to go. Big Bird promises him they can try again some other time.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle plays the banjo as some kids sing the "Bird Song."
(First: Episode 2415)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster takes turns reading itself a story.
Cartoon D-dart
(First: Episode 0292)
cut from the HBO Max version
Muppets An Anything Muppet asks another "Is this the D train?" A subway train then arrives, letting out several letter Ds.
(First: Episode 1493)
Cartoon Several circles try to get past a large square.
(First: Episode 1486)

SCENE 2 Out in New York City, the Snuffleupagus family heads to the park. In order to cross the street safely, Alice needs to hold onto Mommy's snuffle. Snuffy wants to as well, but they can't both hold it at the same time. They eventually find a solution - Alice holds onto Mommy's tail and Snuffy holds onto Alice's.
Animation Carrot subtraction (4-1)
(First: Episode 1537)
Seijiozawa.jpg Muppets /
"Pretty Great Performances" features Placido Flamingo singing "Italian Street Song" with the All-Animal Orchestra, led by conductor Seiji Ozawa
(First: Episode 2485)
cut from the HBO Max version
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon A sleepy man counts 8 sheep. (Spanish soundtrack)
(First: Episode 2188)
cut from the HBO Max version
SCENE 3 Snuffy and Mommy sing "What a Day for a Walk" as they all stroll through the park.
Animation D / d (drums and drumsticks)
(First: Episode 2188)
Film A panda tries to scratch an itch.
(First: Episode 0931)
Cartoon A caveman finds a rock on the ground, and visualizes the invention of the wheel and the car, ultimately deciding to toss the rock away: "Who needs it?"
(First: Episode 0558)
Muppets In the park, Bert overhears the sound of a tuba - his favorite instrument. It's actually Simon Soundman, who's "just practicing." Bert begs Simon to teach him how to make that sound by himself, but Bert ends up attracting Gladys the Cow, who thinks she heard the romantic call of a bull.
(First: Episode 2386)
Film Colored sand forms the letter B and a buffalo.
(First: Episode 2427)

SCENE 4 Gordon checks in on Big Bird, who is upset that he's missing the picnic. Gordon cheers him up by reading him What's Claude Doing? by Dick Gackenbach.
Cartoon An old man recites a poem about the time he had the flu.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1274)
Muppets Grover tries to ignore three monsters who look big and scary to him. When they notice him carrying a flute, they grab his attention and ask -- in what appears to be a threatening way -- if Grover wants to play. The three monsters pull out a clarinet, an oboe and a bassoon and begin to play, urging Grover to join in.
(First: Episode 1412)
Cartoon Cars WALK.
(First: Episode 0556)

SCENE 5 Alice takes her nap, so Snuffy uses the time to find a phone and get an update on Big Bird. He becomes distracted by a balloon vendor, missing one phone booth at the park's edge. He misses another as workmen block his view with a piece of plywood.

Snuffy eventually wanders all the way back to Sesame Street, remember that Big Bird has a telephone. When he makes it to his nest, Big Bird tells it how pointless making a call from his own phone would be and wonders why he didn't use a phone elsewhere in the city. He shows Snuffy a "TELEPHONE" sign which he can use to find one. Snuffy heads out to find a phone and finally finds a booth, having a brief conversation with Big Bird before returning to the park.
Animation Where do the Ds fit?
(First: Episode 1617)
Song "What Do People Do All Day?"
(First: Episode 1511)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts a dinner for all things that begin with the sound SH. Guests include a shirt, a shrieking shovel, a shepherd, and a shark.
(First: Episode 2564)
Cartoon Two circles demonstrate next to and away from.
(First: Episode 0644)

SCENE 6 Snuffy and Alice wait under a tree for Mommy to return with a special surprise - a large balloon! She tells them they can use it to play "Run with the Balloon" and that they need to cooperate if the two of them one to use one balloon. They tie it to both their snuffles and set off running. Alice trips, causing the balloon to drift up to the sky. Mommy initiates a new game, "The Watching A Balloon Go Higher And Higher In The Sky" Game!" She remarks, "Sometimes mommies have to think very fast!"
Film In Alaska, a sculptor makes carvings of cold climate animals.
Music: David Snell
(First: Episode 2365)
Muppets Count von Count works as an elevator operator, with Kermit the Frog as his customer.
(First: Episode 1970)
Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)

SCENE 7 Susan checks Big Bird's temperature and he's all well now. She allows him to take a brief walk before getting some rest. They run into Snuffy just outside and he tells them all about the balloon they lost.


SCENE 7 After Big Bird wonders where the balloon went, they both go back to the nest, where Snuffy tells Big Bird about the rest of his day... including the sponsors, which he and Big Bird announce. The credits follow.

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