Complimentary tickets were provided however my opinions remain entirely my own.
Sunny Days, Sweeping the Clouds Away
Sesame Street is one of the first shows I remember watching a child. It also happens to be one of the first real shows we let my daughter watch that she had any interest in. There is just something wonderful about Sesame Street and what it stands for. Inclusiveness, kindness and early literacy are just a few concepts that come to mind. So, when we found out about Sesame Place, an entire theme park aimed at young children that brings to life all the wonderful things about the show, we knew we had to take our toddler ASAP!
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Sesame Place is open from Spring til early winter. While it is open during the week during the summer, it is only open on weekends the rest of time. Additionally, after the peak summer season, the park puts on two major themed celebrations; The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular and A Very Furry Christmas.
A few factors came into play when we chose to visit Sesame Place during its popular Halloween event, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. First of all, my daughter gets hot easily. So, we knew we might be better off going when the weather was more mild, but we didn’t want it to be too chilly! Second, we thought the crowds might be a little more manageable. Now, we’ve never been during the summer, so I can’t say for sure if this is true but the crowds really weren’t bad when we went. We also love celebrating Halloween, so we thought it would be fun to attend during this themed event!
What You Should Know Before You Go
Do Your Research!
Before visiting Sesame Place with your toddler, or any age child, I highly recommend checking out the Sesame Place website. I am a planner by nature, so I always do my research before big trips but even if you aren’t a planner, spending a few minutes on the site will provide a ton of valuable information to make your trip more enjoyable! I’ve learned that life with toddlers is about expecting the unexpected, but having some sort of game plan allows me to feel like we can go more with the flow because I know what we might still need to do or what I think we can skip, etc.
One of the things we loved about Sesame Place was that it was very toddler and preschool friendly! One of the things I researched ahead of time was what rides our 2 year old would be able to ride, based on her height. The great thing is, she could ride a ton! She had to be accompanied by an adult of course, but we were really impressed with just how many rides she was able to do. This is not the case at many theme parks! Even though your little one will be able to do most of the rides there, it might be a good idea to check ahead of time which ones your toddler can’t do yet. This could help avoid the disappointment that might ensue if they don’t realize until the last moment they can’t go on a ride they see.
Bring A Stroller!
One thing that I would have changed if we could do our trip over is to bring a stroller! I am not sure what I was thinking, but for some reason we didn’t bring one! We were fine, but it would have been helpful to have one. Sesame Place is very stroller friendly. There are designated spots for parking strollers while you are on rides and they make it pretty easy to get around with one. It would have been nice to have one when my daughter was getting tired towards the end and to use to carry our things as well. There can also be a little bit of a walk from the parking lot to the entrance depending on how early you get there/how good of a spot you get so it can definitely be helpful to have a stroller if you will be visiting with a toddler or baby.
Dining and Food
Another great aspect of Sesame Place is that they allow outside food and drink. This can be huge if you are visiting with toddlers! We packed snacks and water but planned on purchasing lunch and this worked out well for us. We saw some people bring in small coolers or picnic baskets of food with them and not only is this great for picky eaters but it can be a good way to save money too. They do have a nice variety of food for purchase although just like any theme park, it can add up fast, so plan ahead for that. Our lunch was good and I was pleasantly surprised with the fresh fruit selection!
One thing I’d like to try when we return to Sesame Place some day is to do one of the character dining options. We weren’t sure how our daughter would react to the characters so we skipped it this time, but Sesame Place offers the chance to have breakfast or lunch with the characters for an additional price. I’ve heard the character interaction is great at these and it is a nice way to meet them without having to wait in line to do so throughout the park.
What Our Toddler Loved About Sesame Place
We had a wonderful, memorable time at Sesame Place but there were a few things that really stood out that made me so glad we took our daughter! First of all, the shows were amazing. I didn’t know what to expect, but they really impressed me! The shows when we went were all Halloween themed and were so fun. The characters sing and dance and get the audience involved. My daughter LOVED them! She was dancing and clapping and didn’t want them to end. It was adorable! Make sure you look at the showtimes ahead of time to plan to be around them at the right times. Lines do form ahead of time, but it seemed like there was room for everyone in the theaters. It just depends on how close up you want to be!
Another thing my daughter really loved about Sesame Place was the rides! As I mentioned already, even toddlers can ride a ton and they are a great first introduction to rides for a little one who has never been on one before, like my daughter. They also had mini coasters that would have been so much fun for older children. We never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes in a line for a ride either, which was great although I’m sure the lines are longer during the peak season in the summer.
Is Sesame Place Right for You Family?
Does your toddler love Sesame Street? If they do and you live within a reasonable distance to Langhorne, PA where the park is located, it is definitely worth a visit! Even if they aren’t a fan of rides, the character interaction and fun themed attractions will blow your little ones away! Very clean, and family friendly, it makes for a great weekend getaway trip. We are already talking about taking my daughter to visit again! Maybe I’ll see you there 🙂