When Anna was about one and a half, she became aware of Elmo. What followed was nothing short of an obsessive stalking relationship with the little, red, furry monster. She had been a devout Elmo-maniac for almost a year when we were trying to figure out where to go on vacation. We had heard about the ‘Disney World’ of all things Sesame. Sesame Place is the magical theme park that is perfect for every Elmo obsessed preschooler, located outside of Philadelphia. We talked it over and decided that we would head to Philadelphia for vacation so we could visit the Sesame Street Mecca.
The park is only open for certain months of the year and certain days of the week (as it gets colder). We were planning our trip for September, and the park was only open on the weekends. We had to work around our kiddo’s nap schedule, so we opted to hit up Sesame Place Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.
We got there right as the park opened Saturday morning. The water park was open, but we decided to skip it. Instead, we promptly tackled all the rides. The park is geared toward toddlers, so Anna was big enough to ride all but one roller coaster. She had a freaking blast.
The cornerstone of our entire trip was a scheduled ‘Lunch with Elmo and Friends’. I had reserved our table for this lunch MONTHS in advance and was SO EXCITED to see Anna’s reaction to getting to meet her idol and his Sesame Street buddies. Early in the trip, Alex and I had a run-in with a stomach bug. I was terrified that one of the kids would get it and we would have to skip Sesame Place and eating lunch with our fury friends. Luckily, they did not and the day went exactly as planned!
We got to the lunch room right on time and were taken to our table. The whole room was buzzing with anticipation. Alex and I got plates of food (the food was average) for all of us in hopes that the kids would choke something down before the friends hit the room. Wrong! Just as Anna was about to dive into her hot dog, Cookie Monster peaked around and surprised her. The shear look of bliss on Anna’s face was amazing. In an instant, we completely rocked Anna’s little preschool world. It was a major parenting win. I actually cried a little bit. Alex won’t admit it, but he cried too.
The events and excitement of the day finally caught up with Anna. She was asleep before we even pulled out of the parking lot.
Sunday afternoon, we made our way back to Sesame Place to use the second day of our tickets and to soak up every inch of the park that we could. We started by catching a live ‘Elmo’s World’ show. Anna was in her element. Even Luke was living it up.
We had some time to kill before eating dinner and catching the parade, so we let Anna ride some more rides and burn off some energy.
About 15 minutes before the parade was set to start, we decided to make our way to the main drag to claim some seats. Big mistake. Huge. Apparently, you are supposed to stake out seats 3 hours before the parade starts. There was absolutely nowhere to sit and watch the parade. It was actually a really annoying experience. Parents were camped out on the curb with their kids. They had their strollers parked behind them, effectively blocking any chance of our kids standing on their own. We had to hold them so they could see. It was hot and we were all getting annoyed. And then people started trying to stand in front of us. My Mama Bear comes out in those situations. I had to tell myself to take some deep breaths – it’s all for the kids…
A week later, she was completely over Elmo. She threw him to the curb like a used pair of shoes. Poor guy. He never even knew what was coming.
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
*Open during warmer months – check online for days and times
-Two day admission ages 2+: $59.99, Parking $15