Why, yes, your little muppet knows how to get to Sesame Street. In fact, she’d probably pick up and move there if she could.
When you’re looking for another educational avenue, direct her to a new ami named Oüm. The cheerful blue puppet — and star of his own DVD — hails from Montreal and embodies the joy and childlike wonder of everybody’s best buddy, Elmo.
Along with pals Coco and Mimi, Oüm rallies kiddos to dance, act out original nursery rhymes, and imitate animals. Shot in a refreshingly simple style (puppets, animals, and children pop against a white background), the show is divided into three twenty-minute sessions packed with interactive games and call-and-response prompts — so little viewers aren’t likely to lose focus.
Plus, the creative team worked with an art and family therapist, which means all the fun and games have been designed to improve a child’s visual-spatial processing, motor development, and tempo awareness as well.
Spring Egg Hunt
What: Sip hot cocoa and search for eggs, and then say hello to the Easter bunny at Phillips Candy House.
Why: Slip a few chocolate-dipped Peeps into their basket (or yours).
When: Sat. Hunt, 11 a.m.; meet-and-greet, 2 p.m.
Where: Pope John Paul II Park, at the Gallivan Blvd. entrance, Dorchester; Phillips Candy House, 818 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester (617-282-2090). Participation is free.
Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade
What: Make a liberty flag, go for a horse-drawn wagon ride, and see a skirmish re-enactment.
Why: Fife and drum music transports you back in time.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main St., Deerfield (413-775-7214). Adults, $12; children, $5; under 6, free.
Hans Christian Andersen
What: Danny Kaye stars in the Technicolor musical about the legendary storyteller.
Why: It’s an oldie but a goodie.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Paramount Center, Bright Family Screening Room, 559 Washington St. Tickets at 617-824-8000 or online at artsemerson.org. Adults, $10; children, $5.
Photo: JE Photography Montreal / Courtesy of Oüm