Sesame Street celebrates 50 years in Pittsburgh

Sesame Street celebrates 50 years in Pittsburgh

Sesame Street Characters (L-R) Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby attend HBO Premiere of Sesame Street's The Magical Wand Chase at the Metrograph on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for HBO)

Kids in the Pittsburgh area got a surprise from a special friend Friday.

Elmo and friends arrived in Pittsburgh as part of their road trip to celebrate Sesame Street's 50th anniversary.

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Elmo was joined by Allegheny County Executive Richard Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and a group of children at the Carnegie Science Center to focus on addressing the importance of school readiness and education at a young age.

Various activities took place in the Little Learners Clubhouse for children to build on their curiosities about things around them, learning with Elmo about insects, music, transportation and much more.

The celebration continues Saturday with a sold-out family festival and stage show at Flagstaff Hill.