Harry Up and GO to…Sesame Place!
I decided to take the little two Harrys to Sesame Place since we had never done that one before. Bubba Harry is super into “El-do” (Elmo) and Missy Harry has recently gotten over her intense fear of large characters. I had the impression that it was a perfect spot for younger children. The three bigger Harrys were still in school for a few more days so it seemed like the ideal day to go on this adventure. My cousin and her kids joined us, because its always more fun with friends! We had an amazingly sunny, warm (but not hot) day with a nice breeze. I hope you enjoy this review so you and your family can decide if its the right place to Harry Up and Go!
First, the details:
Sesame Place is in Langhorne, PA, a bit past Philadelphia. It was a straight shot up I-95 and took about 2 hours from Bel Air. The ride was easy enough and the park is about 2 minutes off I-95. It was very easy to find and there was good signage. I used my GPS, but it would be super easy to find even without it.
$$$Pricing$$$ I found a Groupon deal making our tickets $35 each for anyone over the age of 2. Little Harry was free. There were a few online deals on the website, but definitely check for a deal before you go. I would not have paid the full price gate ticket of $65!
Parking was easy and a short walk across the street to the entrance to the park. I parked in the general parking area and it cost $17 just to park. A bit steep right? I saw that there is an option to pay for VIP or preferred parking but the general parking was just fine. Parking info is here. I used my credit card to pay for parking, which was good because I didn’t think to bring cash.
The park was extremely clean and adorable with Elmos and Sesame Street characters everywhere.
The bathrooms were clean and a few of them had kid sized sinks. Don’t you just love that? I hate having to hold them up to wash hands! All bathrooms should have a stool or something!! Geez! Missy Harry was super excited to wash her hands and even waited patiently in line for her turn. There was a changing table in the Ladies’ room. I didn’t get a chance to see if there was a changing table in the Men’s room, but I’d guess they did.
I happened to come across two Nursing Mother’s rooms & saw they were marked on the map as well. All you had to do was pick up a telephone and let them know you wanted to use the room and they would unlock the doors for you. I always breastfeed Bubba Harry in public whenever and where ever he wants, but how nice to have a cool, comfortable place to relax for a few!! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to check out the rooms and take a picture because they were both being used at the time. If you are there and check them out, let me know how your experience was! Here’s a pic of the door 🙂
I picked up a super cute Elmo shirt for Bubba Harry at a yard sale the day before we went. Can’t beat 50 cents instead of gift shop prices!!
Now here’s what we came for: THE RIDES! The lines were a bit longer than I expected for a park for such little children. Most all of the rides had a wait of about 10 minutes. Most of the lines were shaded which was nice though. All of the rides we went on required a parent to ride with the child. I was a bit surprised that there were not very many rides (I’m comparing to Hershey Park where there are so many). There were no rides that little ones could go on themselves either. We did enjoy a few rides pictured below, but honestly, I liked the other aspects of the park much better than the ride area. Thankfully, my cousin went on a few rides with my Harrys because I get sick on rides that go in circles.
Most of the rides allowed pretty little children (i.e. 18 months old) to ride as long as a parent accompanied them. This ride , called “Peek-a-bug” was very cute, but in hindsight, maybe a bit too scary for my little man. Just because they *can* ride it, doesn’t mean they should 🙂
A favorite at Sesame Place was this play area called “Monster and Mini-Monster Playhouse”. Its self directed and the Mini-Monster area was nice and shaded. Another plus – IT IS FENCED IN! One in our party is a runner, so it was nice to go in and let the kids run, climb, and jump without worrying about losing them! We came back to this area a few times we liked it so much. A great area for toddlers for sure!
So it was a bit chilly for swimming the day we went, which was a bummer since half of Sesame Place is the waterpark, but here are a few pictures of the fun we had. If you have older children, this is definitely where they will have the most fun. There are waterslides, splash pads, a wave pool, a lazy river and more. You can leave your lifejackets and puddle jumpers at home, since they have plenty of life jackets, both adult and kids sized, there for you to use.We were feeling a bit adventurous so we climbed up the stairs to this rapids type waterslide. When we got to the top of the stairs, we thought we might have made the wrong decision, but decided to go with it and went anyway. The water was freezing and we got drenched. All of the kids but one hated it and cried the whole time. My cousin and I couldn’t stop laughing because of the very poor parenting decision we had just made! But everyone lived to tell the tale. Here are a few pics of the ride after we had gotten off. In our defense, everyone was safe, just didn’t like the ride. This one would be so fun for older children!
The best part of visiting Sesame Place was seeing the beloved characters come to life. Bubba Harry just loves his “El-do” and was so very happy to see him in the flesh…(or is it fur?) A big tip…the line was about an hour long to get a picture with Big Bird and Elmo when they first opened at noon, so we tried a bit later on, and there was no line at all! Throughout the park the characters are set up for pictures and greetings as well. It was so fun seeing Oscar in his trash can, but Missy Harry didn’t want to go anywhere near him!
We brought our own food into the park, which is allowed. I think that’s FANTASTIC! I love packing healthy lunches, which enables us to go to fun places because buying food out is expensive when you have 7 in your family! (and even when you don’t!) I packed a small cooler with juice boxes, sandwiches and snacks and we parked our strollers at a nice picnic table with an umbrella and filled our tummies. We got an ice cream just before we left and it was yummy! Make sure to check the website for the cooler size regulations.I did see some adorable food trucks and cute little spots to purchase a snack or lunch if you’d rather not pack a cooler.
If you want to have your children beg you to buy ridiculously over priced Sesame Street toys and souvenirs, check out the gift shop! They had anything and everything you could ever want that was Elmo and friends themed. They also had a story time to lure you into the stuffed animal emporium. We fell for it and followed Super Grover into the memento mall. Thankfully Missy Harry let me walk out of there with only a lollipop! Everything in there was adorable in all honesty and the young man reading the story was energetic and great with the kids. It was nice and cool in there also and Bubba Harry took this opportunity to take a little snooze. I was thankful for that since he would have torn the place apart. I feel sorry for the store clerks after a day of other little ones destroying the displays in there!
We just loved Elmo the Musical show! It was a tad bit long for a one year old, but the 4 year olds loved it and were up and dancing throughout the show. It was a great chance to sing the Elmo’s World theme song that gets stuck in my head ever so often. The air conditioning was blasting but they really did pack us in like sardines. We became fairly close with our bench mates as their children were leaning on us and ours stealing their goldfish. But it was all good, since we are all in the same boat so to speak. The show was cute and interactive with bubbles and confetti.
We really had a great time at Sesame Place. In my opinion it was a great park to spend one day. We really didn’t get to much of the water park which was a bummer because it is really awesome. I think you could probably spend all day just on the waterpark side, so I do think you could stretch this into a two-day adventure. I think they run specials from time to time where you get the second day free so check for those before you go. Here are a few other thoughts I have:
- We totally missed the parade while riding that crazy water park ride. I think the kids would have loved it and I was bummed we missed it. People were set up at least a half hour before it was to start and they closed off the route just like they do at Disney World. We could see and hear it while atop the world waiting to get on the giant waterslide. Oh well, next time.
- Make sure you lather on the sunscreen and bring hats. There was not much shade throughout the park.
- Wear your swimsuit under your clothes to save time. I could not find a bath house that was specifically for changing into and out of bathing suits so we changed in a bathroom. I think this is gross. I had 2 kids in the same stall with me, the floors were wet and that just skeeves me out. Bubba peed on the floor while I was changing into my bathing suit. I asked at least 3 attendants if there was an area just for changing clothes and nobody seemed to know. I’m not convinced that there isn’t one but if there is, it is not marked well at all. I changed the kids out of their wet suits on a bench in the park. Yep, I’m that lady. I wasn’t going to risk dropping my swimsuit into the toilet (again.)
- I noticed that the lines for the rides were significantly shorter in the afternoon. Had I known this, we could have done the character greetings, water park rides, and shows early and the rides later on.
- There is a nice entry-level roller coaster there for older kids. We didn’t ride it since I was with the littles, but it looked fun.
- Just down the road is a Chick-fil-a that we hit up for the ride home. It was pretty busy since everyone else leaving the park had the same idea.
All in all, it was a great day at Sesame Place. Have you been before? Please feel free to add any comments, thoughts or questions. Harry Up and Go to Sesame Place!