Sesame Place

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Place…? Sure, Sesame Place is in Langhorne, Pennsylvania about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.Sesamecharacters

This themed amusement park appeals to kids and adults of all ages. Who doesn’t love taking photos with cuddly monsters, riding fun rides, seeing characters perform in the parade and watching interactive shows? This park is small enough to get around easily, yet large enough to keep you and your family entertained for hours.

I was really impressed with the overall layout and design of the park. Each of the rides were creatively named and related to the Sesame Street theme. My favorites were Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets and Honker Dinger Derby.

Sesame Rides

If you visit during the summer season the water rides will be in operation. You’ll find The Count’s Splash Castle, which has many levels of fun including water slides, an enormous tipping bucket, bridges, water wheels and other features.  There are a wide variety of water slides, a rambling lazy river, a tidal pool and other wet fun.  Our favorite was Sky Splash where up to 6 riders can travel together in a tube down a twisting and turning slide.

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Character Viewing: You’ll be able to snap your own photos of beloved characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, The Count, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, Oscar the Grouch and more. There were a lot of characters stationed throughout the park at different spots and times.  Typically there were only a few people in line so the wait was rather short.

You can also view the characters in the parade, shows or character dining experiences.

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Parade: Watching the parade is a great way to view the characters in one spot. During the Birthday Celebration Parade all of the beloved Sesame Street characters rode on interesting and colorful floats as they traveled down the street moving and grooving to upbeat music.

Parade viewing- I recommend standing on the street in the middle or closest to the entrance.  For the first song the parade performers stopped right about at the boat and anyone that was sitting further down on the street didn’t have anything in front of them to watch until the song finished and the performers continued down the street. People at this park reserved their parade viewing spot well in advance. Towels and strollers were lined up along the parade route an hour or two ahead of the scheduled parade time.

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Dining: There are character dining experiences where you can pay extra to eat a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner while Elmo and his friends dance around and are available for photographs. There is also a meal plan option that can be purchased.  You can bring a small cooler inside the park with you.  Near the parking lot there are several tables with a large umbrella for shade.  Many people were sitting there eating food they brought with them.  Also I saw people kept coolers in the car.  Very close by is Taco Bell and Chick Fil-A if you are interested in leaving the park to grab food.  Don’t forget your hand stamp to get back in.

Special Events: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular (September 26, 2015- November 1, 2015) and a Very Furry Christmas (November 21, 2015-December 31, 2015 on select days).  Click HERE for more information and to see the full even schedule.

Deals: We bought our tickets online to save $10 and get a FREE second day. Visits did not have to be consecutive days. So for $55 a person we got 2 days of fun. That’s a really good deal. I’m sure the promotions and coupons change throughout the year so be sure to check the Sesame Place website by clicking HERE for the current deals.

Other Info:

2015 is the year that Sesame Places celebrates its 35th year so the park was decorated with a birthday theme.

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Remember to pack your bathing suit and towel if you plan on experiencing the wet attractions.

Only negative I can think of is that we waited for 20 minutes past the scheduled reading time for the story.  The people in Hopper’s Store said that typically they are running late.

Staying true to what Sesame Street is known for was the educational fun found throughout the park. The parades and shows incorporated learning concepts such as letters, numbers and shapes.

Cookie’s Monster Land opened in 2014 and has rides, large climbing net and soft play area for the little ones.

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Although toddlers and preschoolers are the typical audience range of the Sesame Street show this park is not just for youngsters.  Kids and adults of all ages will be entertained.  Sesame Place is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face and the memories should last well beyond the time spent at the park. I hope you have a delightful time at Sesame Place!

Battelle Darby Creek

DSC_1102I can’t believe I’ve lived in Columbus since college and haven’t visited Battelle Darby Creek before.  I’ve missed out all of these years but I’m sure glad I know about it now.  It is perfect for people in all stages of life and varying interests.  I saw many people running and biking the trails, out walking with their binoculars, taking their dog for a stroll, families and couples hiking and people fishing.

Hiking Trails 

Battelle Darby Creek is Ohio’s largest Metro Park with miles and miles of activities.  We started our day at the Cobshell trail near the Ranger Station.  Here I grabbed a guide that included a map of the trails with details such as difficultly level and length.  Since I was with my 3 and 5 year old I didn’t want to be overzealous and get too far out on a trail only to have one of them utter the words, “carry me”.  We took the path down towards the creek and enjoyed watching the creek gush on by.  There was a ranger walking around and my son was interested in asking him what kinds of animals lived in the area.

Playgrounds

My kids had spotted a few swing set areas when we initially pulled in so they wanted to go play on those for a bit.  Kids who were attending celebrations at the nearby shelters you can rent also wandered over for some playtime.

Bison 

Then we hopped in the car and drove about 1 mile down the road to another entrance (1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119).  As we drove in we saw lots of bison in the field.  We went over to the fenced area and watched these creatures as they roamed around.

Nature Center

Nature Center (FREE!!)

Next up was exploring the Nature Center, which was FREE.  Also this center stays open later into the evening so it really gives you a lot of options to fit this into your schedule.  There were so many hands on opportunities to learn about animals and habitats.  My children loved sticking their hands in the large water area and getting to touch a turtle and a frog.  There were lots of animal skins sitting on tables so you could feel the different textures.  Another large room had a huge projection screen area to view short videos, pretend wooden tree for puppet shows, animal magnets you could maneuver on a wall and screens with buttons to push to learn more information.  This room is where they do story times a few times a month so we will have to head back for that.  My children and I were intrigued and were really surprised at all there was to do there.   The facility was new, clean, well managed and engaging so that is always a plus in my book.

We finished our day by heading to a natural play area where you were encouraged to go off the path and explore in the woods.  The signs said feel free to dig in the dirt, build a fort with sticks and investigate the natural environment.

What could be better than a day exploring Mother Nature’s beauty, spending time with my family and getting some exercise?  Not much.  Consider spending a day at one of Columbus’s wonderful Metro Parks!

Click on the link for a list of activities upcoming activities at various Metro Parks.  Link: Metro Park Activities