Are you looking for a fun summer vacation for your youngsters? A Trip to Sesame Place might just the perfect trip for you!
Up until a month or two ago, we didn’t have any plans for a summer vacation – Eek! Around the time when I was starting to worry we wouldn’t go anywhere this summer, I met with some of my friends from The Columbus Moms Blog. When I told them we didn’t have plans, they told me about Sesame Place, located near Philadelphia.
They described it like a Disney-esque type of vacation for younger children, but without the cost or distance of an actual Disney trip. Plus, right now Emily (2 years old) is more into Sesame Street than most of the Disney characters. When I started to look into it, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw and booked everything pretty quickly. Sesame Place here we come!
We arrived at Sesame Place right when they opened at 10am and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t super crowded. It was slightly drizzling and a Friday, but I expected big crowds and was pretty happy this wasn’t the case. When you enter the park, the left side is mostly a water park and the right side has the rides.
Most of the rides allow children under 36″ to ride with an adult. (See more info HERE from Sesame Place about height requirements) There was a ride or two that you had to be at least 42″ tall, but this wasn’t an issue for us since Emily wasn’t interested in those anyway. It worked out well for Kevin to ride with her (she only wanted to ride with him!) and I watched and photographed from the side with my back pack. Don’t worry, if you have two small children and both parents need to ride with them, they have lockers where you can store your bag during the day. You cannot take a large bag on the rides.
Emily was a little hesitant and cried on her first two rides, but after that she loved them! Side note – this is the first time she’s ever been on any type of carnival ride. The rides had short wait times and we never waited more than the length of one or two rides to get on. They also had sun shades which covered the line area so you weren’t waiting in the sun. They really think of everything, don’t they? Just look at all the fun she’s having on the ride below!
They don’t just have rides either! They also have different shows and fun character meet and greets throughout the park. All of this is listed on the map you get at the entrance. In the morning we saw Elmo Live! which was really cute.
Characters dressed as Elmo and Cookie Monster put on a 30-minute show, where they had to solve a mystery and help Cookie Monster find his missing cookie, which Emily loved. I thought it was really cute too. There was music, dancing and of course we got to be up close and personal with Elmo and Cookie Monster 🙂 FYI – Make sure you get in line at least 15 minutes early for the shows to get a spot!
One of the best decisions we made with this trip was to book a dinner with the characters. They also have breakfast and lunch options. It was a little pricey, at around $70 for the three of us, but worth every penny in my mind. The food was just fair in my opinion, but that wasn’t why we were there. We were there to meet the characters! At the beginning of dinner, Elmo, Abby (Emily’s favorite!), Cookie Monster and Grover came out and put on a little show.
Then each one, except Elmo, came around the each table to spend 1:1 time with every child. Elmo was stationed in the corner for photo ops with the children and/or families. Emily loved getting to see all of the characters up close and personal. They gave her high-fives, hugs and time for photos! After the characters met with all of the children, each one put on a little dance number where the kids could dance along with them. This was a definite highlight of the trip.
To round out the evening, the characters put on a parade! There was also a parade in the afternoon. There were floats with all of the characters and then they also stopped every few minutes for a dance number. One of them even allowed children from the audience to join in on the fun! I thought it was really well put together and lasted about 20 minutes! Emily loved it and happily waved to all of the characters as they came by.
When the parade ended around 7:20 we headed home. It was a long day, but fun for the whole family. Kevin stopped at one point and asked if I was having any fun as he was the one riding the rides with her, but just seeing her have fun was fun for me! I loved seeing her eyes light up when she met a new character or got off of a ride. She had a blast, which is exactly what we were looking for.
We opted not to do any of the water park. While our tickets were buy one day, get one free, we only used one day, which was fine with me. If you wanted to do rides and the water park, two days would have been the perfect amount of time with young children. With us just doing the dry rides and a few shows, one day was the perfect amount of time! It was a great time and I’m glad we went. We chose to head to Philly for two days afterwards, but there are lots of other things to see in this area of PA too like: Hershey, Amish Country, Crayola and some Civil War sites.
Know Before You Go:
Distance: Sesame Place is located in Langhorne, PA. 7.5 hours per Google Maps, but took about 9 hours with traffic and stops with a toddler.
Hotels: There are several in the area. We stayed at the Residence Inn, which was less than 5 minutes away. The room was large with a kitchenette and lounge area, which was nice since we were traveling with a toddler. They also have free breakfast, which I loved.
Parking: Parking is right across the street from Sesame Place. It costs $18/day, although it’s good all day and you can come and go without paying again. This was nice as we went in the morning, returned to the hotel for naptime and came back again in the evening for dinner with Elmo.
Cost: The tickets were $58/person. Although we got a great deal where we bought one day for this price and get a second day (to use before the end of 2017) included for free!
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