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 philadelphia!
Easter Workshop and Egg Hunt

What: Make feather branches, decorate cards, and play dress-up.
Why: Surprise Mr. Floppy Ears by greeting him in Swedish — God dag!
When: Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave. (215-389-1776). Pre-registration (recommended) online at americanswedish.org. Adults and children, $7; under 2, free.

Button’s Birthday Bash

What: The hippo celebrates another year with stilt walkers, face painting, and crafts.
Why: She gobbles cake quicker than the crowd at your tot’s last to-do.
When: Sat.-May 1. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden (856-365-3300). Adults and teens, $23; children, $18; under 2, free.

Free Library Festival Street Fair

What: Story time, lively performances, and literary legends like Curious George wandering through the crowd.
Why: Mini Monets paint with Madeline.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. (215-686-5322).

Photo: JE Photography Montreal / Courtesy of Oüm

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ 08103
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
1900 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145