The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families 2012

New character Katie tells her friends she is moving during the 2011 Joining Forces: Sesame Street/USO Special Event. USO Photo by Fred Greaves

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – a free, traveling USO tour based on Sesame Workshop’s award winning Talk, Listen, Connect initiative – made its debut in July 2008 to help families deal with the unique challenges children of military parents face. For almost four years the tour has visited multiple states and countries, spreading their messages to troops and their families.

The tour is heading back out to the United States this April with some new wheels! The half-hour show focuses on the challenges of deployments and their impact on military kids. During the performance, Elmo and his Sesame pals will help Katie – a military friend relocating to a new place – open up about her fears and excitement in dealing with change and making new friends.  Created exclusively for this tour, Katie was first introduced last April by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Ohio.

But before these fuzzy, furry monsters get on their way, Sesame Street and the USO are reaching out to their fans via Facebook for help naming their new tour bus! Visit to submit ideas for bus names and be sure to stay tuned to for voting on the top picks!

Stop by to learn more and see where the tour is heading next!

5 thoughts on “The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families 2012

  1. When will this program be in the Cleveland, Ohio area? Would love a chance to help.

    • Charine, the tour will be traveling all over the world, but you can check out our volunteer opportunities now at!

  2. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is coming to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The show will feature “Katie” a military child on Sesame Street who is moving to a new place. The event will include a mini show and giveaways. Additionally, admission is free to the joint base community and tickets are not needed.

    Show location is the Griffith Field House. Show dates and times are:

    June 1
    – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    June 2
    – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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