Sesame Street FAQ
I am not in the military; can I still attend one of these shows?
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is designed exclusively for troops and their families. Each show is open only to military ID holders and their guests.
Are there non-military Sesame Street performances?
Sesame Street Live is on tour all over the world! Check out the Sesame Street Live schedule to buy tickets and see when Sesame Street will be in your town.
How is the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families different from Sesame Street Live?
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is different in both content and audience from the Sesame Street Live show. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families was created specifically for troops and their families.
Is my child old enough to see the show?
The educational content of the show has been specially designed for military children ages 1 to 6, but the singing, dancing, and fun of this live performance is perfect for your whole family to enjoy!
How do I get tickets for the show, and is there a ticket limit?
The show is free to military personnel and their families. Please contact your local Public Affairs Officer (PAO) or Services Representative for more information.
What can I expect at the show?
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is a free, 30-minute character performance that was specifically created to help military children understand changes in their lives. See show descriptions below. “Katie is Moving To A New Base” Katie, Elmo’s military friend, is sad because she is having to move to a new location with her family, who are in the military. Katie’s Sesame friends are there to help through the difficult transition by seeing the upsides to relocating to a new base. “Katie’s Family Transitions to Civilian Life” Katie, Elmo’s military friend, is transitioning back to civilian life at Sesame Street after living on military bases for the past few years. At first, Katie feels unsure about this big change in her life, but her Sesame Street friends help her realize that she will always be a part of the military community as she goes on this new adventure!
What if my installation doesn’t have a large number of families who are transitioning?
Based on the needs of military families overseas, each installation is being given the chance to determine which show performs on their base, with some opting for both performances.
Why did Sesame Street and the USO decide to introduce a new show about transitioning?
Studies show that more than one million troops will exit the military between 2011 and 2016. Sesame Street and the USO wanted to address these realities head-on by debuting a brand new 30-minute character performance centered around military-to-civilian transition to help.
Will the tour be going to more stops than are listed?
Sesame Street and the USO are thrilled that you would like this tour to visit your installation. Elmo and Katie wish they could visit with all of their military family friends and we are working closely with the Department of Defense to try and see as many of you as we can. Unfortunately, the only tour stops planned so far are the ones listed on the tour schedule at uso.org/sesame-street-tours. Please be sure to regularly check the schedule as dates are added regularly. In the meantime, if there is a performance close to you, we encourage you to contact your installation’s MWR or services team to find out if there’s seating available for you to attend a show.
Will there be merchandise sold at the show?
No merchandise will be sold at these shows, but there will be giveaways such as Sesame magnetic poetry and magazines, USO brochures and bandannas among other resources and items for every family who attends.
Can I bring a camera?
Absolutely! We want you to capture this special event with your children so you can share the fun with family wherever they may be. Please remember that video recording and professional photography are strictly forbidden. Remember that a group photo from each event will be available on the USO’s Flickr account to download and print at home.
How early should I arrive?
Doors generally open one half-hour before show time for seating. This may vary depending on location. Please contact your Public Affairs Officer (PAO) or Services Representative for more information.
How long is the performance?
Both shows are 30-minutes long. There is no intermission.
Is the performance space handicap-accessible?
This may vary depending on location. Please contact your Public Affairs Officer (PAO) or Services Representative for more information.
What other resources do Sesame Workshop and the USO have for military families?
Sesame Workshop, in partnership with the Department of Defense, has created free apps and a website. Military Families Near and Far, that’s loaded with resources and tools specifically designed for military families coping with issues like deployments, PCSing, and other military topics. The USO recognizes all that our troops and military families do to protect our freedoms. It is more important than ever that they are remembered and supported. Because our military reflects the diversity of our nation, the USO offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to lift spirits and strengthen resiliency. By visiting USO Programs you can walk thru all the countless ways, services and programs that support our Transitioning Troops; Deployed Troops; Military Families; Wounded, Ill and Injured; and Families of the Fallen.
Who is Katie?
Katie is one of Elmo’s new friends who was introduced to military families by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Ohio in April 2011. Katie is also a military child who has relocated to a new place with her family and is eventually transitioning out of the military. She can help children understand changes in their lives. Learn more about Katie on the Character Bios page.
How has the tour changed since it started in 2008?
In previous years, the tour has focused on helping families talk to their kids about deployments and homecomings. This year, in addition to its ever popular hit “Katie is Moving to A New Base,” Sesame Street and the USO are debuting a brand new 30-minute character performance centered around military-to-civilian transition.
How many military families have been visited and entertained by the tour, thus far?
Since 2008, the tour has taken its message to more than 500,000 troops and military families and performed 933 shows on 147 military bases in 33 states and 11 countries, and distributed more than 2.5 million giveaways.
Why is this tour important for military families?
When one family member serves, the whole family serves. Sesame Street and the USO know this all too well, having together created a character, Katie, who models the real-life experiences of today’s military children. With the help of Katie and her Sesame friends, as well as a show designed specifically for military families, this tour provides children an opportunity to not only be entertained, but to take the messages from the show and have those sometimes difficult discussions about the challenges of change. By doing this, military children are then more likely to voice and/or express their feelings and concerns to their parents.
What tips do the USO and Sesame Workshop offer to military families relocating to a new duty station?
For tips and guidance, please visit Sesame Street’s Military Families Near and Far website.
Meet The Sesame Street Characters
An exuberant, playful girl whose full name, Rosita la Monstrua de las Cuevas, means "The Monster of the Caves." She hails from Mexico, and speaks both Spanish and English, often mixing words from both languages when she speaks. Rosita uses her hands when she communicates with others, conveying her warmth with lots of touching and hugging.
Elmo has red fur and Elmo loves playing with his friends Rosita and Grover. Elmo loves riding on this tricycle and being tickled. Elmo also has a pet goldfish, Dorothy. Elmo’s friends tell Elmo that Elmo has a contagious giggle. Elmo likes to be enthusiastic, friendly, and cheerful, and Elmo always wants to be part of everything that goes on. Sometimes Elmo doesn’t know how to do what Elmo wants. But that never stops Elmo because Elmo has a very positive, optimistic view of Elmo and life!
a frenzied, but cuddly, monster. Cookie eats everything; chairs, microphones, numbers, letters and he is always on eternal quest to find more food (especially cookies)! Cookie likes to solve problems, especial like what to eat when he’s hungry!
The newest character to the Sesame Street/USO show, is a 6 year old girl who is normally a happy-go-lucky kid and usually bright and cheery… but when we first encounter her (at the beginning of the show) she is atypically sad. She has just learned that her dad, who is in the military, has been transferred to another base. Katie and her parents will have to move. This has happened to her several times already in her short life, but perhaps this is the first time she is old enough to feel the sting of sadness at having to move away from her friends. Her Sesame friends help her see that they will remain friends despite the distance, that change is not necessarily a bad thing and that she will make new friends.
A cute and furry blue monster. He is excitable, caring and compulsive. He loves to help people but because of his inexperience, he usually ends up doing things the long way around. If Grover does not succeed at first, he always tries and tries again. Grover has many jobs on Sesame Street but his favorite is working in Charlie’s Restaurant.