Places to Visit: Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two days ago, my husband and I took the twins to visit Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. It's about a half hour north of Philadelphia.  My little 19 month old girls had a blast!

Sesame Place 

Passes- we bought Elmo passes that gave us a 2nd day free admission into the park.  We were able to go into the park Sunday afternoon ride a few rides, walk around, eat dinner, and take in part of a show.  We returned early the next morning to continue our sunny day adventure.  Don't worry if you only buy a one day pass online.  You can upgrade to Elmo tickets at guest services prior to admission.  Super bonus:  23 months and younger have free admission

Hotels- Sesame place is surrounded by hotels. We stayed at Springhill Suites.  The hotel had a walking path that led straight to Sesame Place. Door to Door was about a 4 minute stroll.  The hotel was clean and kid friendly with an indoor pool and a play area. The studio with one king bed was large enough for us to set up the 2 pack and plays we brought with us.  They offered a complementary hot breakfast, which we passed on (see below), but it smelled yummy. The hotel also lets you keep your car in the parking lot the entire day of your check out. Parking at Sesame Place costs upwards of $17per day. 

Breakfast with Elmo-We choose to eat breakfast with the Sesame Street gang.  Our only choice that day was an 8:45 reservation.  Everyone enters at one time.  The reservation tells you to arrive 10 minutes before breakfast, but the main gates don't open early.  You need park passes to dine.  The hostess gives you a table number when you arrive, so you don't have to worry about finding enough seating for your family.  The characters all take turns going around to every table to say hi and get pictures.  Except for Elmo. He sits in a designated area and you will need to line up to see him.  We were one of the first families to arrive that morning, so we actually got to get pics with Elmo before breakfast began! The food is typical buffet style food with a good selection of things like scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, tater tots, bacon, fruit, and bagels.  After breakfast some rides open early at 9:30. Unfortunately, the rides that opened were the roller coaster (too big for our little ones) and a few water rides. It didn't get warm enough for us to do water rides until closer to 11 the day we visited. The park also offers dine with the characters options for lunch and dinner.  

Under 2, what to do?
There are quite a few rides and activities to keep the younger kids entertained.  My girls really enjoyed the carousel, Grover's World Twirl, Elmo's Flying Fish, and Ernie's Bed Bounce.  Big Bird's Nest was a perfect area to let the girls run free.  It's essentially a large padded sunken pit with foam blocks.  The parents are able to sit down on the steps surrounding the pit and take a breather.
  They also loved the water park! 
Take in a show- There are a few shows that run throughout the day. The website and the mobile app both gave different showtimes then the actual times. That was a bit frustrating.  We saw Elmo's World Live. The girls loved seeing Elmo and Mr Noodle.  We were literally the last family admitted into the theater. There was a line of people behind us who had to catch a later show. We lined up about 15 minutes before showtime.  
There is also a parade that runs twice a day.   People were lined up along the main street waiting for the parade over an hour early. 

What to bring:  

stroller (the park isn't very big, but I logged over 10,000 steps that day on my fitbit), bathing suits, towels, swim diapers (lifeguards won't let little ones go in without them), sunscreen, water shoes, camera, water, healthy snacks for the little ones, hand wipes/sanitizer

I hope you have a great visit!  Let me know if you have any questions about the park, and I will try to answer them for you.

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