Allowing our son to watch Television has been almost non-existent in our household. Our son watched his first TV show, Sesame Street, at age three. Even today (nearly four years old), Sesame Street is the only show he watches on occasion…so naturally, Sesame Street is his favorite TV Show!
Therefore, it made sense for our family, to take our son on a recent adventure to the promised land for Sesame Street – Sesame Place! Being able to watch our son enjoy Sesame Place was a memorable parenting experience for me! One that I will cherish for a very long time. I mean, think about it: A magical place with so many characters that our son considers his “friends” (Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Ernie & Bert, Telly, The Count, Grover, etc.) are walking around the theme park giving hugs and kisses, dancing down the street in the parade, and sitting at the dinner table with you while you eat. I would hedge a guess to say that it was my son’s number one or two favorite experience of his short four-year existence- pretty amazing!
The hook about Sesame Place for parents should be the short ninety minute drive to Langhorne, Pennsylvania from NYC- we didn’t even have to make a pit-stop. It was nice to get some advice from some Sesame Place veterans like NYCityMama, Shreddy Mercury, & DadaRocks before our visit that enabled me to map out a solid plan for the day. One helpful tip – we decided to visit on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds. Also, we decided to pack everything into one day (which is absolutely doable) to avoid hotel costs so we arrived when the gates opened at 10am. In the cooler morning hours, we spent our time catching a few shows (Elmo Rocks was amazing for parents and kids alike) and enjoying the dry rides – “Flying fish”, “Ernie’s Bed Bounce, and Big Bird’s Balloon Race” were the ones we went on more than once. The theme park is ideal for a child that is seven and under, so our son was the perfect height/age to enjoy some attractions on his own & some as a family. The “nets & climbs” hooked our little guy for nearly an hour before we decided to break for lunch.
There are plenty of affordable lunch options on property, but noticed several families with their own packed coolers setting up for a picnic lunch- that might work best for us on our next visit. To escape the heat, we enjoyed hamburgers in the air conditioned space of off the beaten path, Cookie’s Cafe.
After lunch, and donning our swim gear, we headed towards the numerous water rides and attractions starting with “The Count’s Splash Castle.” You can’t escape “Count’s Castle” without getting soaking wet so we stayed there for a while: Testing out all of the unique water features, barreling down the water slides, and getting splashed by the enormous bucket that kept pouring a hundred gallons of water on all of us “innocent bystanders.” Next, we slowed things down a bit as we navigated along “Big Bird’s (lazy) Rambling River.” Our family enjoyed this ride the most. Our son was able to sit in his own raft (carefully guarded by me in the neighboring raft) so he could prepare for the waterfalls, spraying geysers, and surprises around each turn that stirred the excitement. My wife & I enjoyed the quiet & relaxing experience as we slowly cruised around the river a couple of times.
Next, was the 3pm Sesame Place “Neighborhood Street Party” Parade (there is a night-time parade at 9pm as well). We were told that this is a must-see activity so we set up our towels a few minutes early, along a narrow piece of shady street along the parade route, and got prepared for the wonderful experience. Our son sat mesmerized the entire time as he watched ALL of his favorite Sesame Street characters march, sing, dance, and jibe past us. Sitting just a few feet away from all of the action was thrilling enough – but, the icing on the cake came when Ernie grabbed our son’s hand and literally pulled him into the parade (see pic)!
|Our son was invited into the parade by Ernie|
After tubing down “Slimey’s Chutes” a few times, it was time to get dried off and changed for the most entertaining part of the day – dinner dining with ELMO & Friends (available for Breakfast & Lunch as well). Two years ago, we tried a similar type of experience at Disney which felt like an overcrowded factory where we saw the characters for a measly few minutes during our two hour dinner. We were disappointed! Not at Sesame Place – they do this main event the right way! The characters are everywhere during your meal, posing for as many pictures as you’d like, giving lots of love, patience, and hugs…and even stopping by at our table to sit down and join us for a few minutes (check out the picture below of Count!). Bottom line – the character dining experience was phenomenal. Having my son watch Cookie Monster trying to gobble up the all of the cookies on the dessert table was priceless.
|The Count joins us at our dinner table!|
With a camera full of 176 photos from our experience, and our son changed into his pajamas, we hit the road back home at 7:30pm. Within five minutes of the drive home, our son was in the backseat in dreamland & my wife and I were reflecting on the wonderful memories from the day at Sesame Place. We can’t wait to go back! I was fortunate that my wife was able to have a day off & enjoy this opportunity with us. Maybe, our next visit will be with the NYC Dads Group! Enjoy some of these photos that helped capture our overall experience.
|Elmo Rocks Show|
|Sesame Place Big Bird’s Balloon Race|
|The Count’s Splash Castle|
|Neighborhood Street Party Parade|
Disclosure: My family was provided with complimentary admission to Sesame Place. The opinions expressed here are, as always, authentic and entirely my own.