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Travel Review: Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA

Our much-needed family vacation has come and gone, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve made no secret of the fact that the past year has been tough on our family, and we’ve never needed a getaway more than now. So, we took the little time we had off and headed off to one of the best destinations PA has to offer parents and kiddos: Sesame Place!

I’ve been a Sesame Street devotee since before I can remember, and my son fell in love with Elmo even before his first birthday. As he grows, he discovers more and more to love about the classic PBS show, so I was SO excited to take him to meet all his Sesame Street friends in person!

Throughout the day, we were able to meet and greet all of our favorite characters. They were accessible, friendly, and super cute. The best part: each time you meet a character, a park associate takes your photo, but you can also take your own at no cost! I’m totally getting a Shutterfly photo book made from these photos so my little man can remember meeting all of his friends.

Our day started out with rain, and I was afraid all of our fun would be ruined. Not so. By noon, the clouds were swept away and everything was A-OK!  Because it wasn’t very hot out (we planned our trip for early in the season, before school let out) we decided to skip the water rides in the park. We’ll hit those next time, for sure, because they were crazy impressive and looked like lots of fun! Despite skipping some of the major attractions, we still had plenty to keep us busy all day.

We spent most of our time in the Elmo’s World section of the park. It was a dream come true for my little climber…

I was glad to see the number of rides suitable for my 2-year-old. Each time a ride stopped, he was ready to hop right back on! His favorite was the big yellow slide…he went down 4 times all by himself, and was absolutely beaming that “I did it!” smile.

Of all the attractions in the park, I was looking most forward to walking down the lifesize replica of Sesame Street. This was where I took my own moment to just stop and take it all in.


Mr. Hooper’s store, Big Bird’s mailbox, and of course, the stoop at 123 Sesame Street. Does it GET any more iconic than that!?

I’ve been to Disney, and I live near Hershey, and both are great parks…but if I’m being honest, my heart belongs to Sesame Place. Most of my days are spent 100% wrapped up inside a small cubicle, or dealing with the many “grown up” problems that have plagued us for the past year. Spending a day bonding with my son over our shared childhood loves left me feeling healed, refreshed, reconnected…and I know that makes me a better mommy.

It might sound a bit cheesy, but I got choked up more than once that day, and I will always treasure being able to share those magical moments with my little boy. Many thanks to the folks at Sesame Place for a true day to remember!

A few more thoughts about Sesame Place:

  • We found the park to be clean and well-kept, with lovely landscaping and attention to detail at every turn. Even the restrooms were impressively clean.
  • The gift shops were well-stocked with unique merchandise, although the clothing prices were a little high (I paid $12.95 for a hat, but stopped at $50 for a raincoat.)
  • Food choices were varied, from hot pretzels shaped like Elmo to chicken fingers and pizza. We were happy to find a strawberry and blueberry parfait for our little fruit monster!
  • Consider wearing your Sesame Street gear to the park! I didn’t, and when I saw all the other parents decked out in Oscar and Cookie shirts, I kind of regretted not being more fun.
  • If you stay at a local hotel, make sure to ask about a shuttle to and from the park. We used one, and it made the whole day so much easier.
  • Download the Sesame Place iPhone APP! This super cool application lets you navigate your way across a full map of the park via GPS as well as find restrooms, shops and eateries, track the location of characters, and keep track of showtimes. It helped our entire day run more smoothly!
  • And my #1 piece of advice when visiting Sesame Place: Don’t miss the parade! Line up along Sesame Street as all the characters converge in one place to sing, dance and put on a spectacular show that literally brought tears to my eyes. You may want to plan a little better than we did, though – my little guy slept right through it! (That’s a sign of a good day, for sure.)


Sesame Place is located just 30 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from NYC. Learn more about the park here.

*Disclosure: I received complimentary admission to Sesame Place to facilitate my review.


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Traveling with a Toddler

We are only one day away from heading off to Sesame Place (enter to win tickets here!) and I couldn’t be more excited!

My husband and I would love to be big travelers, but we’re just not. Our jobs and budget don’t allow it, so we try to take advantage of local attractions and focus on short trips whenever we can. We always loved the freedom that came with road trips when we were dating, but flying by the seat of our pants is a thing of the past. Traveling with a toddler is a whole different animal. Continue reading

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Sunny day! It’s a Sesame Place family vacation!

Not too long ago, I told you all how I was hoping to plan a family vacation soon. It’s been one looong year, and some time away as a family is sorely needed. Like, NOW.

The only hitch? My husband is heading back to school next month and our budget is tight. Big, expensive vacations are out until next year.

Luckily, I live in the best state in the entire US – Pennsylvania! (Ok, so maybe you like your state, too. I get it. But PA is pretty incredible.) Within a short trip, we have big destinations like New York City and Baltimore, which means easy access to theater, sports, art, food…anything you could want. And within our state, we have even more great cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, each chock full of things to explore.

But there is ONE attraction above all that has us SO STOKED right now, and we’ll be heading there in a matter of days…


Sesame Street comes to life at Sesame Place through whirling rides, water slides, exciting shows, and endless giggles. Dance and sing-a-long with everyone’s favorite furry friends in the amazing parade, Neighborhood Street Party. Learn about letters, numbers & friendship in 3 street-stopping performances that include 11 larger-than-life floats and a night parade that lights up the sky. Join the fun and celebrate being a kid – or being a kid again! www.sesameplace.com

I grew up with the Sesame Street characters (pre-Elmo, of course) and now my son is, too. He has loved Elmo since before he was a year old, and now he knows every one of his friends by name. I try to watch closely and limit what he sees on TV, but Sesame Street is one of the few things I can let him watch without a second thought. The lessons taught on the show go way beyond numbers and letters. He learns about diversity, friendship, acceptance, and so much more.

And now he’ll get to see it all, up close and personal, during our family vacation to Sesame Place!

…and we get the added bonus of knowing that our dollars are staying right here in good ol’ PA. :) I can’t wait to tell you all about it when we get back! (And if he loves it as much as I suspect he will, we just might spring for season passes next year!)


We’re headed to where the air is sweet! Interested in sweeping the clouds away with us? Use the easy Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win a FAMILY 4-PACK OF TICKETS TO SESAME PLACE!

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Family Vacation: the importance of skipping town once in a while

My recent health issues (of both body and mind) have really caused me to pause lately and look at a phrase I throw around a lot in my everyday life: health and wellness.

I’m pretty sure I’m clear on what health is, but what exactly is “wellness”? It’s meaning gets even more muddy when we separate it from the idea of physical health. “I’m working on my health” is pretty straightforward, but telling someone that you are “re-examining your wellness” just might garner some funny looks.

But that really is what’s on my mind lately, whether anyone gets it or not. (Not you, my ever-supportive readers…you always seem to get it.) In short, my wellness just ain’t what it used to be, and for good reason. There have been times over the last year when my whole world seemed to be falling to pieces, and I have often found myself clinging to thoughts like “Well, at least my son is healthy. As long as I have that, I’ll take my lumps as they come…” But living with those thoughts, bargaining in that way, is no way to be, and it certainly is not the way to be well. Continue reading

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