Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder is an exhibition housed by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center. The exhibit was open from September 18, 2014 to January 31, 2015.
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street, the exhibit features behind the scenes photos, character designs, props and costumes, as well as puppets of certain characters (including Oscar the Grouch, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo, Zoe, Ernie, Bert, Hoots, Snuffy, Super Grover and the cast of Sesame Tree).
In addition to the exhibit, several events were also held within Lincoln Center's facilities.
- "Muppet Master Class" (September 19, 2014) with Martin P. Robinson and Annie Evans
- "Family Day!" (October 13, 2014)
- "Making Learning a Funny Affair" (October 16, 2014) with Bobby Moynihan, Eric Jacobson (with Grover and Bert), Joey Mazzarino (with Murray Monster), Christine Ferraro, Carol-Lynn Parente and Rosemarie T. Truglio
- Follow That Bird screening (October 22, 2014)
- The World According to Sesame Street screening (November 6, 2014) with Nadine Zylstra, Martin Robinson and Annie Evans
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland screening (November 19, 2014)
- "A Digital Playground" (November 20, 2014)
- "On the Street Where You Learn: The Intersection of Broadway and Sesame Street" (January 5, 2015) with Chris Jackson, Bill Sherman, James Monroe Iglehart, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt
- "Muppet Vault: Sesame Street at Lincoln Center" (January 22, 2015) presented by ToughPigs.com