We recently visited Sesame Place for my son’s 2nd birthday, and what a wonderful experience it was.
Sesame Place is the only theme park based entirely on the Sesame Street television program. It is located 90 minutes south of New York City in Langhome, Philadelphia. We decided to go a little early in the season to avoid summertime crowds and spent two action packed days at the park.
After a 2-hour drive we arrived at our hotel, the Courtyard Marriott in Willow Grove and were able to check in early and head off to meet Elmo, Abby, Ernie and the rest of the Sesame Street Gang. Our rooms were very nice and they were about 15 minutes from Sesame Place.
Sesame Place does not allow food to be brought into the park, but has great picnic areas outside if you want to bring your own lunch. We decided to pick up hoagies; my husband is from Philly so he was very much craving them. We ate at the picnic area while my son anxiously waited to go inside.
Our first visit was to see the Elmo Rock Concert. There are several shows throughout the day and you just wait in line to see them. There was tons of stroller parking, which a big plus for me. I always find it frustrating when you go somewhere and there is no place for your stroller. The seating is great you can really see from anywhere. The show was terrific, my son got up and danced and was so excited to meet all his Sesame Street friends.
Next we were off to tour the park and stopped to have a large lollipop and get a souvenir cup of a favorite character, and of course my son picked Elmo. It was a good deal at $6.99 for the cup with $.99 refills for fountain drinks. They are nice and big. Then off to the rides and play areas which are designed specifically for toddlers. Attractions were not too fast or too high. The rides did require us to go on with him because he was too small to ride alone, but every ride was clearly marked so you know if a parent is required or not. They also had a climbing area, soft blocks and jungle gym area for kids to play on their own. They also have an end of the day parade that goes down the main street in Sesame Place and its really cute. All the characters sing and dance down the street. My son loved it.
We ate dinner at the Willow Grove Ale House. They had a great kids menu and the food was really good. We ate breakfast at a place called Daddypops; it was a small diner in Hatboro, PA. It was very close to where we were staying. The food was great, bring cash they don’t take credit cards.
The second day started with the Elmo’s World Show, which was really cute and my son was super excited to see Elmo again. They pick a theme, just like the television show and get the audience involved. Next we headed over to the water park. The pools were shallow enough and the sprinklers were not too strong for this age group. They had some great raft rides with appropriate safety gear (vests) for young children. We decided to head off to get some lunch. We ate at Elmo’s Eatery – yes, Elmo is my son’s favorite. They had a variety of kid’s meals and they came with a souvenir plate and cup. The meals were a little pricey, but the kid’s meal was worth it. The food was pretty good for park food and there were healthy options, like salads as well. The staff was very friendly. While we were eating a staff member came up and asked if we found everything we wanted and if there was anything we needed, she also asked if we liked our food. I was impressed with that. One important thing from a mother’s point of view, this place was amazingly clean, they did a phenomenal job at keeping it that way.
After lunch my son was ready to leave and take a much needed nap. I would whole heartedly recommend a visit for any family with young children. They do special events throughout the season so check the website, http://sesameplace.com/en/langhorne. Also, there is an iPhone App that is great because it gives you the times of the shows, a map where to eat and shop. If you think you will go more than once, I’d recommend checking out their season passes. They offer 30% off food and merchandise, so if you visit more than once, it really pays for itself. Currently, the fee for a one-day admission is $60.99 plus tax. Children under 2 years of age are free. There is also an Elmo ticket for $60.99, plus tax which gives you one day admission plus a second visit in the same season for free.
We ended our trip with dinner at The Bonefish Grill in Willow Grove, the food was amazing and the staff was great. My son did not want to sit and eat so my husband and I had to eat in shifts and they were extremely accommodating to us.
It was a great way to celebrate my son’s birthday and we are all looking forward to going back again. My son is still talking about it, so you know it was a success. I’d like to thank Sesame Place for inviting WickedGoodTravelTips to be a guest at the park and report on our experience.