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.
Easter Creek Craze
What: An egg roll, real bunnies, and a performance by Eddie Coker.
Why: Pooches show off their Easter finery in the costume contest.
When: Sun., 2-6 p.m.
Where: Robert E. Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd. Info at 214-526-2800. Admission is free. Register for the dog contest ($15) online at turtlecreekassociation.org.
What: Put on comfy PJs, listen to this week’s poetry-themed story, and make a tissue paper tree.
Why: He digs any reason to push bedtime back.
When: Ongoing. Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Where: A Real Bookstore, The Village at Fairview, 113 Prairie Rd., Fairview (972-398-9888). Participation is free.
What: Rover is in heaven with lots of room to run around, an agility course, and a misting tent to keep cool.
Why: Discounts on vaccinations, low-cost microchipping, and plenty of pets for adoption if you don’t have one.
When: Sun., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, at Fair Park, 3750 Cotton Bowl Cir. Info at 214-421-9600. Admission is free.