Sunny Days as Sesame Place Celebrates their 35th Birthday

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by
This post was sponsored by Sesame Place who provided us with complimentary admission. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about New Jersey area Attractions we think your family may enjoy.

 

Entrance to Sesame Place

Entrance to Sesame Place

 

Summer is the perfect time to grab the kids, hop in the car and take a day trip. Since I live under an hour away from Sesame Place, and have a preschooler I couldn’t think of a more appropriate place to go! My daughter loves rides and water slides. Sesame Place has the perfect combination of both. What made my visit  particularly exciting was that Sesame Place is turning 35! It seems like just yesterday I was a child myself riding the carousel and playing on the net climber-just another reason Sesame Place was our number one choice for a day trip.

 

Sesame Place 35th Birthday

 

Dry Rides Galore

We arrived at the park as soon as they opened and decided to explore the dry rides while the sun was still low in the sky. Sesame Place has plenty of sections where families can soar high above the park, spin round and round, or go bumpety bump while having dry fun.

Sesame Place Amusement Rides include

  • Cookie’s Monster Land- Captain Cookie’s High C’s Adventure, Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets, The Honker Dinger Derby, Flying Cookie Jars and the Monster Mix- Up.
  • Elmo’s World-Elmo’s Cloud Chaser, Flying Fish, Peek-a-Bug and Blast Off
  • Sunny Day Carousel- A colorful merry go round
  • Vapor’s Trail- A twisting turning roller coaster, great for first time riders
  • Snuffy’s SlidesA double tunnel slide with a carpeted landing

 

Flying Fish

Flying Fish

 

Live Theater at Sesame Place

After we had laughed and smiled our way through the dry areas it was time to catch a show. Sesame Place has three live theater shows in the park.  The show times and locations are easily accessible using the park’s paper map. Shows run periodically throughout the course of the day. Seating for shows begins 20-30 minutes before showtime. We decided to go see Elmo the Musical-Live at Sesame Place. There was singing, dancing, bubbles and even an astronaut chicken! The live shows at Sesame are:

  • Elmo the Musical-Live at Sesame Place– This show teaches math and uses imagination as Elmo and Cookie Monster play detective and try to crack the case of the missing cookie. Our favorite part was the talking velvet curtain.
  • Elmo Rocks-Features Elmo, Zoe, Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster. The audience gets to watch as these lovable Sesame Street characters transform into the high spirited “Elmo Rock and Roll Band”.  Audience participation is encouraged as the band performs some dance inducing songs!
  • Let’s Play Together- Zoe, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Rosita, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Bert and Ernie sing and dance as they teach the audience the importance of being a good friend.

 

Elmo the Musical

Elmo the Musical

 

Where and What to Eat at Sesame Place

After dancing along to Elmo the Musical our tummies were growling and we were hungry! Sesame Place has two indoor restaurants with seating as well as several outdoor bistros and concession stands.

  • Elmo’s Eatery– This is the largest restaurant and offers plenty of seating, a lengthy menu complete with allergen friendly options and fast service complete with table side delivery of your food order. *Starbucks Cafe is located inside Elmo’s Eatery for that early morning hot coffee or afternoon iced tea treat!
  • Cookie’s Cafe– Cafe line style, this restaurant offers cookie-themed foods such as blue jello and blue cookie cupcakes, to more elaborate cuisine such as Mediterranean veggie wraps and southwestern chicken salad. Cookie’s Cafe offers allergen friendly options that exclude the 8 major food allergies( wheat, milk, peanuts,  fish, eggs, tree nuts, soy and shellfish).
  • Grover’s Island Grille– Serves Philadelphia’s finest specialties such as cheese steak, hot dogs and funnel cake. This is a counter service with outdoor seating.
  • Captain Ernie’s Bistro– A cafe line with, outdoor  patio seating. All kids meals come with a souvenir plate and cup. Choice of apple slices or applesauce sides make it a healthy restaurant choice for wholesome nutrition.
  • Grover Eats on the Street- A fun and festive food truck offering exciting foods such as tacos, quesadillas, nachos and churros.
  • Cookie’s Sometimes/Anytime Market– A wide array of anytime snacks are offered in this cafe line style establishment. Refreshing beverages along with sweet treats, crunchy popcorn and grab and go sandwiches are all part of the eating on the run fun!
  • The Count’s Cool Creations– is the perfect place to cool with over 10 flavors of make your own Icee drink combination. Drinks come in 3 different sizes.

 

Elmo's Eatery

Elmo’s Eatery

 

Splishing and Splashing

Once we had digested our delicious meal from Elmo’s Eatery we decided it was time to cool off in the water park! We rented a locker when we first entered the park and we headed back to gather our bathing suits and towels. Lockers are just one of  many convenient amenities Sesame Place has to offer. There are designated water areas for both little swimmers and older children.

  • Teeny Tidal Wave Pool-10,000 square foot pool where the water does not exceed 1 foot 6 inches. Lifeguards are stationed around the perimeter of the pool.
  • Ernie’s Waterworks–  Fountains, spray pads, and water tables make this area perfect for toddlers and younger children.
  • The Count’s Splash Castle– is a huge interactive castle complete with slides, fountains, bubbler jets, hose jets, and 80 other play elements that will leave everyone wet!  This area is recommended for older children as life jackets and swimming devices are not allowed on the slides. The most exciting part about the castle is the 1,000 gallon 8 ft high tipping water bucket.
  • Big Bird’s Rambling River– Sesame Place’s river waterway, takes you under waterfalls, past palm trees and through 3 ft of swirling  water, all from the comforts of a plush inner tube.  Life vests are provided for children under 42″.
  • Sky Splash– A tube ride made to fit 6 riders at a time. This ride takes you through calm ponds of water high in the sky, to faster slides and twisty turns as you ride underneath a 8 foot water spouting rubber ducky!  The final plunge into the pool gives riders a  splash of refreshing water.

 

duckie ride

 

Everyone Loves a Party

Big Bird leads the parade

Big Bird leads the parade

 

As our day was winding down there was just one more thing we needed to see before leaving Sesame Place. I am talking about the Neighborhood Birthday Party Parade. As part of Sesame Place’s 35th birthday celebration the twice daily parade has now added birthday balloons, sparkly floats, songs about friendship, letters, and numbers and a new birthday song that gets the crowd up on their feet and joining along in the all of the birthday fun. From a dancing Zoe, to a singing Oscar the Grouch, all of the beloved Sesame Street characters join in the parade.  The characters encourage viewers both young and old to clap along and wish the happiest of birthdays to Sesame Place. My daughter was more than ecstatic when she was chosen to dance and play along with some of the characters during the parade. It is just one of the special moments that will make this, her first trip to Sesame Place, one to remember!

 

Dancing in the parade

Dancing in the parade

 

Sesame Place Hours of Operation

Open from May 3rd- December 31, 2015.

* Hours may vary*- Click over for more information about Sesame Place Hours of operation 

 

How to Purchase Sesame Place Tickets

  • Daily tickets- Purchase online and get 2nd visit FREE. $55.00. Purchase at gate for $65.00
  • After 3 pm tickets- Purchase online for $50.00. Purchase at gate for $55.00.
  • Season Passes available in: Sesame Season Pass- $113.00(ages 2 and up), Big Bird Season Pass- $155.00(ages 2 and up) and Super Grover Season Pass- $233.00(ages 2 and up).

 

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Sesame Place is located at 100 Road, Langhorne, PA 19047

 

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In full disclosure, we were provided with tickets to Sesame Place to make this post possible. All opinions are our own and honest based on our experience.

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