How do you get to Sesame Street? Apparently you take I-95 North for about 2 ½ hours.
The week after Memorial Day, we decided to plan a mid-week day-trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. I had been before with the boys but was excited that our youngest son would be able to participate more now that he is mobile and really into Elmo.
The park is celebrating its 35th birthday and we were able to snag discounted tickets through a Groupon deal. I’m also on their email list and got a discounted “Dine With Me” Lunch with Elmo deal. Normally these things can be a little pricey, but there are always specials going on. For example, right now when you buy a single day ticket, you get a second day free, including parking. You could easily spend two days there.
We had an amazing time, from start to finish! Here are a couple highlights.
- It’s perfect for toddlers and young children. Parents can accompany their kids on all of the rides, but there are plenty of fun little rides that my boys (21 months and 3 ½ years) could easily ride together without a parent. There are also slides, a 3-story net climb and soft play area for kids under 5. My 3-year-old decided to ride the rollercoaster this year and loved it! It’s only a 30-second ride with a tummy-tickling first drop, but a good mild “first coaster” experience.
- There is a special “Abby’s Magic Queue” priority boarding pass that could be helpful to avoid waiting in long lines on crowded days. It also allows for priority seating at shows. The day we were there, however, there were no crowds. An employee told us that the week after Memorial Day is always empty. Score!
- Sesame Street characters walk around everywhere. Each character has a location at the park where they stop and pose for pictures with kids. Elmo has a special spot, and other characters rotate through. Here, photographers take pictures that you can purchase at the end of your day, or you can meet up with friends to take pictures for each other. It’s way cheaper.
- Everywhere you look there’s a familiar scene from the beloved show, particularly in the Sesame Neighborhood area. The whole park is colorful and fun, with shaped bushes that look like Oscar the Grouch or Elmo, giant blocks, birthday cake sculptures and a lot more.
- Three different theaters offer entertaining shows with Sesame Street characters dancing, singing and interacting with the audience throughout the day.
- The park is a manageable size. It’s very double-stroller-size friendly and everything is clean and well-kept. Strollers and lockers are also available to rent.
- Small coolers are permitted inside the park, which I highly recommend. Pack drinks and snacks for the kids. Food is available for purchase at nine different places, including a Starbucks.
- The “Dine With Me” option for lunch or dinner is fun for the kids. It includes a reserved table, buffet dining and a server to bring you drinks in commemorative cups with free refills. Characters meander around the tables; a special photo area is setup for pictures with Elmo and Big Bird, and there is a fun show at the end where the kids can dance along. It’s a great way to meet the majority of the characters all in one place without waiting in lines.
- The water park usually opens sometime in May and is a great way to break up the day and cool off. Like the rest of the park, it’s appropriate for little ones, with a variety of water rides and splash pools. I recommend swim shoes or sandals, as the cobblestone ground can be rough on bare feet. Shoe cubbies are available at the entrance of most of the water rides.
- Don’t miss the parade every day at 4 p.m. It is stupendous. The floats are huge and colorful, there is dancing and singing and every character makes an appearance. It stops multiple times along the route, so you’ll get to see it all no matter where you sit. Sometimes kids are invited to dance along or interact with the show — our boys got to jump rope with Super Grover!
- They have a “Sunny Day Guarantee” so if it rains continuously for one hour while you’re in the park, Sesame Place will issue Sunny Day tickets good for any other day during that operating season. Of the three different times I’ve been to Sesame Place, this was my favorite trip, probably because of how empty the park was. We’ve been on opening day before and once around Halloween, which was fun because the park was all decorated, the characters were wearing costumes, and kids could Trick or Treat throughout the park.
On our previous visits, the lines were long and it was chaotic trying to keep track of two toddlers in the crowds. It helps to go with other families so you can help each other out. If you go during the busy season or on a weekend, just be prepared for crowds or try to make two days of it so you’re able to see and do everything. There’s a shopping mall and lots of large restaurants right near the park, which is conveniently right off I-95.
Sesame Place is definitely going to be a family tradition for us, because where else can you “come and play, everything’s A-OK”?
The park is located at 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA. Visit the Sesame Place website for deals on tickets.
Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 3-year-old James and 1-year-old Luke.