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AETN to host free screening of 'Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief' Feb. 10

Posted 05 Feb 2015

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will host a free screening of 'Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief' Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. for parents and children. The screening will be held at AETN, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, and include snacks and crafts.

'The Cookie Thief,' Cookie Monster's first special, builds on 'Sesame Street's' 45-year history of helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. The nail-biting, cookie-munching thriller guest stars Rachel Dratch of 'Saturday Night Live' fame and celebrates the arts. 'The Cookie Thief' is a fun, action-packed special in which Cookie Monster explores self-regulation concepts – such as impulse control, following directions and managing emotions.

In 'The Cookie Thief,' a cookie art museum has just opened on Sesame Street. Surrounded by beautiful cookie paintings, like 'Girl With the Cookie Earring' and the 'Muncha Lisa,' Cookie Monster and his friends feel as if they're in a whole new world. But, when art suddenly starts to disappear, Cookie Monster quickly becomes a suspect. Can Cookie Monster clear his name? Will they find the missing art in time, or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever?

The event is designed for children ages 3 to 5, and adults are required to attend with children. Additional details are available by contacting AETN Early Childhood Specialist Amy Routt at aroutt@aetn.org or 800-662-2386.

Visitors to the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado or Fort Smith Regional Arts Museum can pick up a special 'Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief' coloring page.

'The Cookie Thief' premieres on AETN Monday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m., repeating at 1 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 20, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m.

'The Cookie Thief' clips and the full-length special will be available starting Feb. 16 on pbskids.org/video, the PBS KIDS Video App. A new 'Cookie Thief'-themed game will also launch on pbskids.org/sesame in early February. Parents can also download 'Cookie Monster's Challenge,' an app designed for children ages 3-5. Available on iPad, Kindle and Android tablets, 'Cookie Monster's Challenge' offers a series of games designed to engage children and challenge them to practice self-control, focus, memory, following directions and problem-solving.

Since its debut in 1969, 'Sesame Street' has provided millions of families with trusted, engaging content, and has earned extensive critical acclaim. More moms watch 'Sesame Street' than any other preschool program, and 'Sesame Street' has won more Emmy Awards than any other show in TV history.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).