At Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

Linked to Talk, Listen, Connect, Sesame Street Experience for Military Families is a Sesame Street Live-like production by Sesame Workshop, VEE Corporation and the United Service Organizations (USO).

Produced by the USO, the show started in the United States in 2008. Since then it has had performances across the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) as well as bases around the world. The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families is the first-ever traveling USO tour designed specifically for military families, and has become the longest-running tour in USO history.[1]

Children and parents receive support material (including the DVD) and a stuffed toy[2] or "swinging Elmo light"[3] after the production. In some locations, over 1,000 people have attended each show.[4]

First Phase, July to November 2008

Second Phase, September to December 2009

Third Phase, January to February 2010

  • Installations: Japan, South Korea, Guam

Fourth Phase, April to September 2010

  • Installations: Continental United States

Special Installment (featuring Kevin Clash and Carmen Osbahr)

Sixth Phase

Katie at launch

Biden, Obama, and Sesame Street characters at the launch event.

The tour was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in Columbus, Ohio, as the duo wrapped their national Joining Forces tour to support America's military families.

This was initially dubbed the Fifth Phase, but retroactively has been rebranded as the Sixth Phase by the USO FAQ.[6]

See also


  1. "The Sesame Street Experience"
  2. Jennifer McCarthy, "Sesame Street characters spend time with servicemembers, families", McGuire Air Force Base, October 22, 2008.
  3. Chuck Hagee, ""Elmo" And Buddies Conquer Fort Belvoir", Mount Vernon Gazette, October 23, 2008.
  4. Pacifica Chehy, "Elmo and friends delight audiences of ao all ages". Capital Flyer, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, October 24, 2008.
  5. USO Blog - Sesame Street tag (October 19, 2010 post)
  6. http://www.uso.org/Entertainment/Sesame/FAQs.aspx

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