The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation is a New Hampshire based 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that teaches children important safety lessons through live musical programs. Lil’ Iguana’s programs are presented in elementary schools, child care facilities, and community events throughout New England and along the East Coast and feature lessons like Buckle-Up, Street Smarts, Get Permission, Who’s a Stranger, and Run, Run, Run, Yell & Tell!  Through corporate & individual sponsorships, the foundation is able to present the Lil’ Iguana Live program in elementary schools free of charge.  These award-winning programs have been presented in front of over 3 million people in seven countries.  Lil’ Iguana’s programming has been credited with saving countless children, with the youngest child being just age 3.

Since 1994, the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation has created several proactive, prevention programs to keep kids safe from abduction, child predators, and serious accidental injuries. Lil’ Iguana’s proactive prevention programs are all centered on music and are designed specifically for children ages 2-8.

Lil’ Iguana uses educational and proactive teaching mechanisms to ensure children stay safe throughout their childhoods.  It has been proven that children learn from interactive, music-based programs; this is why Lil’ Iguana is so effective.  Lil’ Iguana’s music driven programs keep children engaged so they can learn countless safety lessons they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Lil’ Iguana’s programs focus on proactive teaching and prevention because reactive programs are too late to save a child’s life.  Prevention programs initiated early in a child’s life will help reduce abuse and accidental injuries, while shrinking health care costs associated with these problems.  

Why We Use Proactive, PREVENTION Programs:

– More children die every year from preventable injuries than die from all diseases combined

– The most abused & neglected age group is cradle to 3 years old

– A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds

– Every 40 seconds a child becomes missing or abducted

– 80% of 21 year olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder

Some programs include:

Lil’ Iguana Live! – a musical stage show that features live performers and the costume character Lil’ Iguana, and is geared for children ages 2-8 at elementary schools & community events

Lil’ Iguana’s in-classroom program – a program featuring the costume character Lil’ Iguana & music video aids to teach pre-school age children in a smaller setting

“Be Smart, Stay Safe” educational DVD – An award winning, 22-minute DVD that features music, character puppets, actors, and animation that delivers crucial safety messages including “Take A Buddy with You,” “Get Permission,” “Who is a Stranger,” and “Run, Run, Run, Yell, and Tell.”

Television Series – A 14 episode, Emmy award-winning television series that aired nationally throughout the United States and won several awards and endorsements.  A new animated television series is in development!

Educational Safety Products – Lil’ Iguana’s educational products are resources designed for educators, parents, and children to consistently reinforce Lil’ Iguana’s crucial safety lessons.


Some Safety Lessons Taught by Lil’ Iguana Include:

Buckle-Up Your Seatbelt
Buckle-Up Your Seatbelt& Distracting the Driver
Stop & Then Look Out
Stop & Then Look OutStreet Smarts & Playing it Safe
Online Safety
Online SafetyKnowing the rules online
Wearing the Gear
Wearing the GearWearing your helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wristguards, and sunscreen
Get Permission
Get PermissionEyeballs, Ask, YES!
Take a Buddy
Take a BuddySafer in Numbers, than by yourself
Who's a Stranger
Who's a StrangerNever go without Permission
Out & About
Out & AboutEmpowering yourself to make the right decisions when you are out and about
Harm Alarm
Harm AlarmWhat's that funny feeling?
Run, Run, Run, Yell & Tell
Run, Run, Run, Yell & TellIf you don't have permission to go
Train Safety
Train SafetyWhen the gates go down, don't go around
& Many More!
& Many More!LICSF teaches countless safety lessons centered around Who's a Stranger, Playing it Safe, and Out & About

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation (LICSF) was created after concerned parent Jim Tomaszewski realized there was no proactive children’s safety program to keep his two young children safe. Galvanized into action with the support of his family, Jim sold his successful marketing and screen-printing company and dedicated his life to teaching young children how to stay safe in today’s intimidating world.

Over the next few years he enlisted the help of numerous early childhood educators and child-care experts to develop a program designed to teach scary topics such as identifying strangers and what to do if approached by a child predator.  They discovered that music is the most effective way to teach children, so they developed fun, toe-tapping music to educate children.  They also began creating skits to integrate interactive role playing into the program.

Over the last two decades, the character Lil’ Iguana has evolved but the original mission has remained the same: empower children with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe.

Jim’s Story:

James S. Tomaszewski, Sr. is the founder and Executive Director of the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation. Back in the 1990’s, James was a successful business owner of the marketing and screen-printing business J.E.L.T. In 1994, J.E.L.T. created a child-safety character and a few music songs for the Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse to use as part of their in-school program. The music and character was so well-received, J.E.L.T. created additional music, handouts, and developed lessons. It launched a website, began work with the Massachusetts Safety Officers League, and created the tagline “A Safe & Happy Childhood Lasts a Lifetime!”

A few years later the mission of the Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse changed from teaching children, to teaching the parents. So, the Lil’ Iguana program was going to be discontinued at the end of the year. Jim struggled with idea that the schools would miss the program, but did not know if he could dedicate the time needed for the program.

His “turning point” came in 1997. Being a family man, Jim often had his young children come visit him at work. One day while playing inside a bin used to store tee shirts, his then five-year-old son, Jimmy Jr. asked his father how those men fit that boy in a bin similar to the one Jimmy was sitting in. Jimmy was referring to the brutal murder of Jeffrey Curley. Jeffrey Curley was only ten years old, when he was abducted, sexually abused, and killed. His mangled body was placed in a storage bin filled of cement and then dumped in the Southern Maine River. The two men responsible are now serving life sentences for Curley’s kidnap and murder.

That day Jimmy continued to try to twist and bend to fit inside the bin. He was puzzled by how the men fit the boy into the bin, and why they would do something like that to an innocent young boy. Jimmy asked his father if he and his sister would always be safe with their dad watching out for them. Jim Sr. was brought to tears. He had always talked to his kids about safety, but had never showed them what to do if approached by a stranger, or even told them clearly who a stranger was.

Later that night, Jim spoke with his wife about continuing the Lil’ Iguana program full-time. With the support of his family and friends, the Lil’ Iguana program grew to reach 10 states and 7 countries.

The Lil’ Iguana program continues to thrive today, staying true to its mission of educating children through its award-winning, music based programs along the East Coast, across the country, and throughout the world.

Since 1994, Lil’ Iguana’s educational programming has been seen by over 3 million people across the United States and in 7 countries.

SafetySnapp is the latest development from the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation to keep children and our loved ones safe.

SafetySnapp gives caregivers access to GPS technology, automated emergency contacts and scrapbooking software. These powerful tools combine to give users what they need most in case of emergency.

The app prompts users with a built-in camera to take a picture of their child, or those in their care suffering from memory loss or mental challenges, on a daily basis. This collection of constantly-updated photos becomes essential in missing person cases where a truly accurate description is needed. Users can also use the photos to create unique scrapbooks that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and via email.

A mini version of SafetySnapp can also be added to loved one’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android devices, which will track their current location via GPS. The “Follow My Loved One” feature lets caregivers know where their loved ones are at the touch of a button during an emergency situation. The app also comes with a one-touch solution to instantly notify a list of Emergency Contacts when a loved one goes missing. Important information will immediately be sent alongside an updated photo to personal circles (like family, friends, and teachers) and emergency personnel (police, hospital, Amber Alert, and local news).

Because of its success, Lil’ Iguana has been featured in national publications and on national programming.  The Lil’ Iguana Program has been enthusiastically endorsed by The Massachusetts Safety Officers League, the South Shore Chiefs of Police, Director of the Early Childhood Program at Lesley University Dr. Lisa Fiore, Head Start Programs, and hundreds of schools, child care facilities, police departments, and parenting and mothers groups.


14 Part Television Series
14 Part Television SeriesAired Nationally & Won Several Awards

-Emmy Award for Boston/New England Region 1998

-Massachusetts Broadcaster’s Association Award for Best Children’s Television 1998

-Parents’ Choice Honors Award 1998

-Two (2) Coalition for Quality Children’s Media Awards 1998

-Gold CINDY(Cinema in Industry) Regional Award in Early Childhood Education 1999

-Silver CINDY International Award in Early Childhood Education 2000

-FCC Family Friendly Rating from the Annenberg Foundation

-KIDS FIRST! Endorsement 2011

Praise & Support
Praise & SupportWell-known public figures have stepped forward to praise and support the solid results of our work

-Mayor Tom Menino of Boston

-Boston City Councilman Sal Lamattina

-Senator Judd Gregg of NH

-Senator Bob Smith of NH

-John and Maggie Bish

-Mark Lundsford, Director of Jessie’s  Law

-Actress Mary McDonah of Little House on the Prairie

-Actor Kevin Dobson of Kojak and Knot’s Landing

-Veteran actor Clifton Davis

Enthusiastically Endorsed
Enthusiastically EndorsedSince its creation, the Lil’ Iguana program has been used and enthusiastically endorsed by countless agencies

-Massachusetts Safety Officers League

-South Shore Chiefs of Police Association

-Lisa Fiore, Director of the Early Childhood Program at Lesley University

-Hundreds of police departments

-Hundreds of non-profit community organizations and foundations

-Hundreds of schools

-Child Care Facilities, Parenting and Mothers Groups, Head Start Programs

Television Specials
Television SpecialsPrime Time Television Specials & Documentaries

-WCVB Channel 5 (ABC BOSTON): Special on LICSF and its in-school programs aired before the football game on Thanksgiving Day

-WMUR Channel 9 (ABC NEW HAMPSHIRE): New Hampshire Chronicle Special

-LICSF invited by theWHDH Channel 7 (NBC BOSTON) Health and Fitness Fair to perform its safety, educational programs in front of an audience of 90,000 attendees.

-WNDS (INDEPENDENT BOSTON) Children’s  Safety  Special.  Lil’  Iguana  made   history by appearing on the prime time Nielsen ratings  with  a  locally  produced  children’s television show.

The White House
The White HouseInvitations

The Lil’ Iguana Foundation has been invited to the White House on several occasions to discuss its work, most recently by President Bush for the signing of the Amber  Alert bill.  The LICSF was also invited to President Bush’s National Conference on Childhood Safety.

Tall Ships 2000
Tall Ships 2000Radio DisneyTM partnership

Radio  DisneyTM  partnered  with  Lil’ Iguana  before a crowd of  400,000 over two days to teach children’s safety at Tall Ships 2000

Bob's Discount Furniture
Bob's Discount FurnitureBob & Cathy from Bob's Discount Furniture appear in a Public Service Announcement for the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation

Clifton Davis
Clifton DavisActor Clifton Davis appears in an infomercial promoting the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation and it's products

The  Lil’  Iguana’s Children’s Safety  Foundation  has been recognized regionally and nationally as an authority on child safety. Public officials, journalists, educators, and health care professionals seek our advice on their own child safety projects.

Meet Our Characters

Lil’ Iguana & his friends are friendly, respectful, polite, and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  They strive to treat others the way they want to be treated.

Lil' Iguana
Lil' Iguana
Lil’ Ig is a friendly eight-year-old is constantly playing with his diverse friends and learning new things.
Alexandra
Alexandra
Alli is the first-born twin with a gentle manner. She loves to explore new cultures she reads about in books.
Celina Kioko
Celina Kioko
C.K. is Alli’s twin and mischievous, outgoing five-year-old risk taker who loves getting dirt on her clothes.
Roose
Roose
Roose is Lil’ Ig’s older, southern-charmed chef, farming neighbor who loves an undisturbed nap.
Lil’ Iguana’s Mom
Lil’ Iguana’s Mom
Lil’ Ig’s Mom is a caring & compassionate mother who loves to bake and always helps her kids solve problems.
Sevan
Sevan
Sevan is an out-going nine-year-old boy who loves basketball in the park and reading comic books.
Ms. Kelly
Ms. Kelly
Ms. Kelly is a hard-working teacher. She is the teacher for Jags and Lil’ Iguana’s classroom.
Jag’s Mom
Jag’s Mom
Jags and her brothers new yoga poses or training for sports after they finishes their homework.
Kelvin’s Dad
Kelvin’s Dad
Kelvin’s Dad spends long hours at work, but teaches Kelvin about computers whenever he can.
J.J.’s Dad
J.J.’s Dad
Joe Jack’s Dad is the dedicated coaches of many of the kids sports teams including Joe Jack’s baseball team.
Arturo
Arturo
Artie is a seven-year-old boy embarrassed by his accent and conceals his shyness behind his magic tricks.
Kelvin
Kelvin
Kelvin is a six-year-old who’s younger than his friends, but surpasses in intelligence, especially in science.
Joe Jack
Joe Jack
J.J. is a nine-year-old boy trying to be the best athlete on the field and teammate to Lil’ Iguana and his friends.
Henny
Henny
Henny works in the cafeteria at the local elementary school and often disagrees with Roose how to cook.
Lil’ Iguana’s Dad
Lil’ Iguana’s Dad
Lil’ Ig’s Dad is a hard-working father teaching his work ethic to his kids and there to lend a hand or an ear.
Mike
Mike
Mike is a nine-year-old boy who loves to be heard. He can run and jump faster than any of the other kids at school.
Mr. Barry
Mr. Barry
Mr. Barry is the principal at the local school, though he enjoys when he can help teach in the classroom.
Jag’s Dad
Jag’s Dad
Jag’s Dad built the family’s house in the trees with help from the family and loves camping or just being outdoors.
Kelvin’s Mom
Kelvin’s Mom
Kelvin’s Mom is a stay at home mom who helped grow Kelvin’s love of chemistry and biology with his collection of insects.
J.J.’s Mom
J.J.’s Mom
Joe Jack’s Mom is always busy taking care of her eight children at home. She also has a great hand for sewing new clothes.
Jags
Jags
Jags is an energetic eight-year-old who thinks on her feet while trying to keep up with her older brothers.
Gangi
Gangi
Gigi is a seven-year-old sweet girl from India who lives with her grandmother and loves to play music and garden.
Koral
Koral
Koral is a six-year-old girl adopted from “Down Under” who is passionate about conservation and trains.
Oakley
Oakley
Oakley is an eight-year-old quiet boy who loves math and finds his voice when talking about numbers.
Wisdom Tree
Wisdom Tree
This is one of the Wisdom Keepers who support and encourage the Lil’ Iguana and his friends on their journeys.
Mr. Sunny
Mr. Sunny
Mr. Sunny is always there to share a ray of sunshine when Lil’ Ig or any of his friends need to see the bright side.
Mr. Beech
Mr. Beech
Mr. Beech is an older gentleman the friends encounter often in the park who they consider a stranger.
Gigi’s Grandma
Gigi’s Grandma
Gigi’s Grandma looks after her son’s daughter while he works abroad and loves volunteering and teaching Gigi kindness.
Arturo’s Dad
Arturo’s Dad
Artie’s Dad is a local handyman who teaches his children how important it is to maintain the appearance of the house’s yard.