Happy 30th Birthday to Sesame Place! My family and I recently went down to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA, which is 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes out of NYC. I went with my husband Eric, my 4 1/2 year old son Ben and my 2 1/2 year old daughter Allegra. We booked a hotel room at the Courtyard Marriott for two nights, borrowed a VW Routan and turned this into a pre-baby vacation (I’m 7 months pregnant).

The park was terrific, if its hot — make sure you bring water shoes for you and the kids, along with towels, extra swim diapers, and lots of sunscreen! If you are staying at a local hotel, check into their shuttle vans to save on parking costs. They will let you stash your stroller in the back of the shuttle vans.

My son came to the park in a bad mood, even though we had gotten to Langhorne night before and he had a good night’s sleep. My husband took my extremely moody child on Vapor Trail and he instantly cheered up! They also enjoyed Blast Off!, and Big Bird’s Balloon Race,¬† My daughter and I joined them on the Flying Fish, Grover’s World Twirl (so much fun) and a bunch of other rides. My daughter loved climbing Cookie Mountain and was able to climb to the top. The water rides were great, but since I didn’t have water shoes and I was very pregnant, I didn’t take part in them.
One scary thing did happen, my son walked away from us and we couldn’t find him for around 10 minutes. He was overheated and went in search of the sprinkler (he knew where we were the whole time). Luckily, my friend found him. My husband had just alerted security (which was on top of things), but I don’t want that to ever happen again.

The rest of the day was much better — I was so excited to meeting Debbie, another Mommies With Style writer, and we enjoyed lunch with the Count and Ernie. We left the park in the late afternoon, happy and exhausted. We went to Pizzeria Uno for dinner (right next to Sesame Place) and my son was so tuckered out he literally fell asleep chewing. We let him sleep in the booth and finished our dinner. It was a great day and the next day we went to the site of Washington’s Crossing in Trenton, NJ.† As we drove back to NYC, I wish we could have had more time together a family, away from the stress of everyday life!

The Deets:

2010 Single-Day Admission per person, 24 months and over is $53.00 plus tax
Children 23 months & younger are FREE
Seniors (55+) (single-day admission only) $48.00 plus tax
AAA Walk-Up Discount (with valid card) is $50.00 plus tax
2010 Elmo’s Any 2 Day ticket† $53.00 plus tax – † Visit another day during the 2010 season at no additional charge! (Discounts do not apply)
For information on Season Passes and Group Discounts, click here.

We were invited to Sesame Place for free for their annual media day and given a complimentary lunch. Volkswagen North America provided the use of the VW Routan Mini Van (review written in a separate post). We received a discounted rate at the Courtyard Marriott in Langhorne. All the opinions expressed are my own.

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