She'll Have a New Best Buddy in Oum

Meet the French Canadian Elmo

oum educational dvd!

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.

And that’s a road you’ll definitely want to go down.

Available online at amazon.com, $19. For more information, go to oum.cc.

this week in miami!
Spring Marshmallow Drop

What: Scramble to catch thousands of marshmallows as they cascade from a helicopter (ages 6-12), plus face painting and an egg hunt (ages 3-5).
Why: Now, that’s a cloud no one minds seeing in the sky.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-noon.
Where: Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St., Hollywood (954-594-0646). Participation is free.

Party for the Planet

What: Watch animals have a blast with recycled materials. Elephants play with old tractor tires, a sloth bear gets a phone book full of treats, and forest creatures search for crickets and peanuts in a papier-mache globe.
Why: A neat way to celebrate Earth Day.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St. (305-251-0400). Adults and children 13 and up, $16; children 3-12, $12; under 2, free. Or donate an old cell phone and get in free.

Earth Day Celebration

What: Ecofriendly activities for kiddos and acoustic tunes from Lenny Batista.
Why: Pack a picnic to really enjoy the great outdoors.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove (305-442-6866). Adults and children, $2; under 5, free.

Photo: JE Photography Montreal / Courtesy of Oüm

Boulevard Heights Community Center
6770 Garfield St
Hollywood, FL 33024
3485 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133
12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177