Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket and my family received discounted tickets to Sesame Place. Of course, all opinion are my own.
Last summer, my husband and I took our kids to Sesame Place for the first time. They had a ball. At the time my son was 4 and my daughter was a few months shy of turning 2. Sure, Mother Nature played a role in how awesome the experience was because we could not have asked for better weather, but it was really more than the weather that left an impression; it was the Sesame Place experience.
Because the kids had such a great time, there was no question we wanted to do the trip again this summer, and we did. As I can be a bit paranoid, I was scared that last year we just had a lucky day and that this experience could possibly be a disaster. I was wrong because we had another amazing Sesame Place experience.
I could go through a list of rides and tell you what my kids loved most, but I won’t do that because all kids are different and you will only know what your kids will love once you get there. However, what I will say is this:
- The staff is incredibly nice
- The amusement park (including the restrooms) is well kept
- The parade is tons of fun
- Nothing beats the smiles you’ll see on your kids’ faces.
When I read about an experience, sometimes I want to know specific details, but typically I just need two questions answered: Is this place worth my time? and Will I feel good when I leave?
I have to say that Sesame Place was worth every minute of our time and we all felt great when we left. We were exhausted for sure, but the kids were so happy that my husband and I could not stop smiling because they had such a great day.
So what made things so great?
The Water Rides
With options for both kids who are adventurous and those who are a little shy about being splashed, the water rides available throughout the park are tons of fun and a great way to cool down on a hot day. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun all four of us had on Sky Splash. It was awesome.
The Neighborhood Party Parade
This parade is just an incredible experience for kids. The singing, dancing, floats, and excitement is enough to make any kid (or adult) start doing the running man (what, people don’t randomly do that anymore?). The amazing team at Sesame Place also does a great job of giving the kids a magical experience. What a blast!
From Big Bird to Oscar to Elmo himself, getting a chance to meet and hug some of their favorite characters is an experience they will remember for years. And despite the number of people present, it’s not difficult to get pictures with your favorite characters. Check out this shot with Cookie Monster. #MommySelfie
I have to say the staff at Sesame Place is awesome. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I was also impressed that the bathrooms were well taken care of. That’s always a major plus at any amusement park (actually, that’s a major plus anywhere I take my kids).
Sesame Place is centrally located, making it a relatively short ride from New York City, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Plus, when you visit you are just a short drive from Philadelphia and you can easily turn it into a weekend adventure. The location also makes it a great year-round family destination because even if you don’t make it there for some summer fun, you can take a fall road trip and still have a great time.
What I also love about Sesame Place is that they offer so many rides that your little one will have fun no matter what excites them. From Cookie Monster Land to The Count’s Splash Castle, my kids truly enjoyed every single moment. The Neighborhood Birthday Party Night Parade that took place right before the park closed was just icing on top of the cake. With plenty of action, lights and music for the kids to enjoy, it was a nighttime experience they’d never had before.
And although it’s already late August and you may be thinking about back-to-school stuff instead of amusement park trips, I have to urge you to consider Sesame Place even after the summer months. First, to wrap up the summer fun they offer a Back-to-School Bash Dine on August 29th and 30th as well as their Labor Day BBQ and Fireworks on September 5th and 6th.
Once the warm months are officially over you also can visit for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular and a Very Furry Christmas. These are just a few of the activities they offer when the weather cools down.
So whether you are trying to enjoy a few water rides while it’s still hot outside, or you plan to do something fun for Labor Day or the upcoming holidays, Sesame Place will offer an experience that leaves your little ones happy and exhausted. As a mom, I know that’s exactly how I want my kids to feel after a daylong experience. What about you?