I can tell you how to get, how to get to SESAME PLACE!
It’s 100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047
(photo via Sesameplace.com)
We have been going to Sesame Place since my oldest was just 2 years old. I remember finding out that the one and only Sesame Place in the country is only 45 minutes from my Central New Jersey home in Langhorne,Pennsylvania and wondering why I have never heard of it before. It’s a fairy tale land for children and adults alike. Characters walk all over and frequently stop to take photos with the children, There are 2 to 3 parades per day, and multiple shows within a few different venues going on all day. Not only are there visually stimulating things for children an adults to enjoy, did you know it is a water park? That is one of the most enjoyable features for our family.
There is ample parking the the lot directly across from the theme park. It is a bit pricey at $17, but keep in mind it is all day parking, and very convenient. You can pay a bit extra an get an even closer spot, or if you’re a season pass member, parking is included.
One thing to know when entering the park, is that you ARE allowed to bring in snacks and drinks in reasonable amounts. You can bring in a small cooler, and toddler snacks. They check your bags at the front gate to make sure you’re not bringing in anything not allowed into the park, like weapons or pepper sprays, so be prepared to have everything ready to be searched so that it goes faster for you.
After you get through the front gate. our first stop is getting a locker, which is located directly to the left of the gift shop. Lockers are, I believe, $16 for the day, plus a $3 refundable deposit, which isn’t too bad. It fits a lot of stuff although they look really small. I always bring my sons stroller, an that holds more stuff I need to keep with me like towels and juice so I don’t have to carry them. There is stroller parking near all of the attractions, so no need to worry about that,
We really enjoy the Teeny Tiny Tidal wave pool and it’s usually one of our first destinations after entering the park and getting a locker. It has an adorable large Ernie face that has kids in awe. The pool itself goes from about 1″ to 2 feet deep, and is large enough for your child to fun around and splash. They do provide life vests for free of charge throughout the park for use. Although they are not required for this area, some parents feel more at ease with their child wearing one, so just know they ARE there hung up next to the lifeguard in the second section of the pool by the sprinkler. This are is perfect for little ones and toddlers. There are chairs that are available to lounge out on as well in this section.
One thing I never noticed until my most recent trip this month, is the train cars to the left of the Teeny Tiny Tidal wave pool (directly under the giant duck water slide). The mix an match twiddle tracks. They are adorable hand propelled train type cards on a metal track. They are colorful and follow a small track through a tunnel. Tucked away in the corner, there are tables where parents can watch their children safely enjoy this attraction. My 3 year old is so into trains he has a blast in this small area an didn’t want to leave it!
Another first for us during this trip was riding the Sky Splash. There’s no missing this attraction. It is huge and has a large 8ft tall Rubber Ducky on top of it. The kids were too small in the past to all go on it, so we held off but during this visit we all walked up the 6 flights of stairs (yes it IS a hike!) and fit into the 8 person tube with a 1 year old, a 3 year old, two 7 year olds, and my aunt and I. The little ones all had a blast! One thing I must tell you, because they don’t tell you on the ride is HOLD ON! There are sections of the ride where I was literally bumped out of my seat and me and my 3 year old tumbled over. Luckily, we were OK, but someone can get hurt on this if not sitting properly. There was a slight look of terror on my little ones face but he let out the largest scream when we got to the bottom and yelled “Woohoo we did it!”. I wish I ha video of it. We did opt to go on it one more time and my little one was NOT in favor of this. He put up a fight but he enjoyed it after all was said and done.
The next area we hit was Cookie’s Monster Land. This is where all of the dry attractions are and we always have a blast. There are so many kid friendly rides, and also a toddler area where parents can take a moment to relax. There is a bouncy bridge castle above that older children can run across and bounce on while the little ones are in an enclosed safe area with foam blocks to build and tunnels to explore.
Most of the rides in this area children over 42″ can ride alone, but I still went on whatever I could with them. My 3 year old was obsessed with the flying Elmo Fish since he loves planes. He made me go on it over and over!My 7 year old and 7 year old nephew went on the large swing and loved them. They went on it twice actually. That was the great thing about going on a weekday, there were no lines!!!
There are multiple places to eat at Sesame Place, and usually we choose Elmo’s Eatery. You get a cute souvenir plate an cut with each kids meal. I always get a kids meal too because it’s a little pricey and the kid’s meal is more then enough for me. There is the Dine with me area, but we haven’t done that yet although you can find deals online for it sometimes. Also, if you’re a season pass holder, I think it’s included or deeply discounted.
Just like other theme parks, there are face painting stations, balloons, gift shops, caricature stations, and stands to play. Here is hubby ecstatic about his caricature he got of himself LOL! This was 5 years ago an it still graces his walls.
After eating, we went to the Elmo Live show. This is the same show I’ve seen numerous times, but every time it keeps the children captivated! It is so adorable to see the kids have fun at their own little concert. Dancing in front of the stage and singing along to songs they know like ABC’s and 123’s. I have seen other shows here as well over the years including Hip Hop Harry, The Imagination Movers, and Elmo Rocks. They have multiple venues and show times and you can check out any special shows at Sesameplace.com because if they’re special shows other then the normal ones, they’re an extra fee usually online like $10 but you do have to reserve a seat usually.
Lastly, the parade! You’ll want to set up a bit before the parade to get a close up seat. Usually people will start laying own their towels or planting their strollers along the main street an hour before, The parade is adorable with all of the characters coming up to greet the children, a screen showing the crowd, and even sometimes pulling children into the parade to complete a dance number or sing along. The theme this year is Birthday Party since it’s Sesame Place’s 35th Birthday Anniversary. They even replaced the character shrubs at the entrance with a huge birthday cake.
- Bring sunscreen and flip flops/sandals! It is very sunny and the blacktop is all over and very very hot.
- Bring your camera!
- Check out online discounts before you go. It is ALWAYS cheaper to order online then at the gate.
- Get a 2 Day pass at minimum. It’s only about $10 more and includes another day of fun making each visit basically 50% off! Trust me, you WILL want to go back.
- Bring a hat for little ones to keep the sun out of their eyes so they can see the fun stuff without the glare.
- Wear comfortable clothes/cover ups. Most people just walk around in their bathing suits.
Fun Fact; Sesame Place has a Sunny Day Guarantee and if it rains for an hour or more consecutively during your visit, they will give you a pass to return!
Don’t be fooled by the name. Parents will have just as much fun as the kids!!
Right now, you can get a ticket for just $35 online for Sesame Place’s 35th Birthday! This is good from July 27-7/30!