Our First Sesame Place Trip

For Zoey’s 3rd birthday we went to Sesame Place. I did a lot of research before we went there because I didn’t want Zoey to miss out on anything. But even with all the planning, we didn’t get to see everything. Sesame Place is more of a weekend trip especially with a toddler and a baby. In all the research I did there were some tips that were very helpful.

  1. Rent a cabana hut.
    • These can go up to $450 but they are worth it if you are there for the whole day. There are also discounts throughout the year so look out for these on the Sesame Place website.
    • The cabana hut provides some much needed R&R from all the walking around you are going to do.
    • It also provides shade because there’s not much shade around the park.
    • If you get the Twiddlebug cabana hut, they provide a meal and a souvenir for each person staying in the hut. There is a maximum of 6 allowed.
    • There is also a private wading pool for little ones. This is really nice because it can get really hot there.
    • To save money, you can go with a few other families and share the cost.
  2. Go in May
    • The month of May isn’t too hot and it doesn’t get too busy.
    • The lines are shorter.
  3. Make an autograph book
    • They sell these at the souvenir shop but it is cheaper to make your own.
    • Pinterest has tons of examples to choose from and you will be able to customize the cover and the interior based on what your child likes.
  4. Bring your own snacks
    • This will save you money and you won’t have to stand in line for food.
    • Save your money for souvenirs
  5. Ask about freebies when you buy souvenirs
    • If you spend a certain amount of money, you get free merch
    • If you spend $75 or more, you get a free blanket with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby on it.
    • I don’t know what the other freebies are but I believe if you spend at least $50, you get a picture frame with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby on it.
    • The freebies that we got were Memorial Day themed so when you go it might be different.
  6. Looking for Big Bird and his friends
    • They only have about 20 minutes to spend with guests at a time.
    • Try to find them in a shaded area. That’s where we found the Count, Zoe, Bert and Ernie.
    • Big Bird will always be in his nest.
  7. Go to the parade
    • When we went, there was only one time available at 3PM.
    • I read that if there is another parade time in the evening, go to that one. The lines for the rides are shorter during the first parade time and then the parade is less crowded in the evening.
    • If there is another adult in your group, have them wait in the parade area for at least 30 minutes in advance. My parents waited there for about an hour under a shady tree.
    • Bring a blanket and park yourself there so no one will be in the space you want to save.
  8. Trying to beat the heat
    • Bring tons of water.
    • There’s tons of ice cream in the park.
    • Get a cabana hut, they have a wading pool.
    • Eat a meal in one of their restaurants where it is nice a cool
    • Go on tons of water rides.
    • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.
  9. HAVE FUN 🙂
    • Don’t underestimate the power of nostalgia.
    • The park is made for kids but I still really enjoyed myself. I grew up watching Sesame Street and I really loved being around all the characters and taking pictures with Zoey. It brought back fond memories.
    • Sesame Place really is for the entire family.
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