Sesame Place: A Pennsylvania Theme Park for Young Children

Each new adventure a young child conquers feels miraculous whether it's exploring new heights in playgrounds or even visiting their first theme park. That's when children are ready for Sesame Place, the nation's only theme park based on the award-winning television show Sesame Street, located near Philadelphia in Langhorne, PA.

Rhonda Clements, Ed.D., immediate past president of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play is a long time fan of Sesame Place. She said, "For some children, a theme park can be overwhelming, but not at Sesame Place. After all, it was created to encourage children to learn about the world and seek out adventure with the same philosophies as Sesame Street."

All theme parks offer adventures, but look at the creative opportunities for the young child, growing up with Sesame Street! There are 15 water rides including Sky Splash, topped with an 8' tall Rubber Duckie and Teeny Tiny Tidal Waves where a larger-than-life Ernie billboard oversees a wave pool. There is the family roller coaster called Vapor Trail, themed with Super Grover. There are many shows including the new "Abby Cadabby Treasure Hunt" starring many Sesame Street friends.

Dr. Clements recommends planning early, selecting activities to do together.

The following preparatory tips will be helpful.

  • Review the park map and check show schedules. Plan meals and activities around show times
  • Make reservations in advance.
  • If you are staying overnight, find a hotel nearby so the child can go back for a nap.
  • Plan clothing and day's activities. Wear a bathing suit if doing water rides first. Remember to pack water shoes, towels and change of clothes.
  • Have keys and valuables in a small case to wear or easily hold.
  • When meeting the Sesame Place characters, suggest the children ask them "yes" and "no" questions, as the walkaround characters can respond to these questions.
  • Knowing young children, anything is possible. The youngster eager to meet Elmo might get shy when first meeting him. Take your time. Let him look from afar until he is comfortable getting close.
  • Remember, each child is an individual. At each stage, a child will experience the park in a unique way.

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