After receiving three tickets from a friend for Sesame Place (she already went twice), I decided to take Joshua for his 2nd Birthday for the Halloween Spookacular. First of all, Sesame Place is very crowded in the summertime (there were some days that it reached capacity and guests were not allowed after 12 pm), so Labor Day Weekend was out of the question. And second of all, I wanted to do an outing for Joshua for his birthday (shelling out big bucks for a party that he wouldn’t even remember doesn’t make much sense). I would rather give him an experience, so Sesame Place it was.
I went with a friend who has a child around the same age as Joshua (turning 2). We took the train, the NJ Transit, and then a 15-minute cab to the park.
Dry Rides- 2.5 stars out of 5
The rides were typical for a preschool theme park, however, I took off 1/2 star because of the lines. There were still a lot of people at the park for Halloween dressed in costume, making for long lines for each ride. This was hard for a two-year-old, who wanted to run around and was more than eager to go on the rides. He enjoyed the rides after the long wait, which was nice.
Water Park– N/A
We went for the Halloween season, which means that the water park was closed for the season (and it was too cold for water anyway). If we go back again, we’ll go right after Labor Day when there are fewer people but the water park is still open so we can experience it since I heard great things about the water park.
Food- 2 stars out of 5
Since the Character Dining was sold out, we decided to go to Elmo’s Eatery. I ordered Orange Chicken and French Fries. (They didn’t have many healthy options for the little ones). The food tasted like TV Dinner and was pretty pricey ($10.99 for a TV dinner sized helping of paraboil rice and orange chicken and $3.99 for a tiny sample of french fries), so if I go next time, we will either go to the Character Dining or pack a small picnic lunch from home.
Halloween Parade- 4 stars out of 5
Unfortunately, we did not get to see any of the theater shows (including the most well-known one, Elmo the Musical), however, we were able to see the parade. Even though we did not get the best spot, I placed Joshua on my shoulder so that he could see the show, and he seemed to have a good time. The parade was a magical experience for a toddler/ preschooler, and I’m glad that he was able to experience it.
Other Attractions- 4 stars out of 5
The other attractions that we went on were the big slide, the toddler play space, and the net above it. Joshua loved the big slide and the play space the most and was very excited to slide down the slice and run around. The play space gave me a well-needed break to sit down for more than five minutes. He was a bit scared of the net but liked it on the low.
Overall Rating- 3.5 stars out of 5
I liked experiencing the park with Joshua, but there are a lot of things that I would do differently if we were to visit again, such as:
a) Go when the water park is still open
b) Focus more on water rides, shows, parade, and other attractions and less on dry rides
c) Pack a lunch or do the character dining instead of eating at the restaurant
- Sesame Place is best suited for 1 1/2 to 5-year-olds in my opinion, since it is a small park that is focused on toddler/ preschooler experiences. Anyone older than that would get bored of the park quickly.
- Bring a lightweight stroller
If you have a toddler like me, you definitely have to bring a lightweight stroller to the park. A great travel stroller is the Summer Infant 3D Mini stroller from Target for only $39.99.
3. Buy your ticket online before heading to the park
There are lots of deals online for you to save on ticket admission. There is a promotion on the website for Single Day Tickets for $49.00, compared to $70.00 at the park, and Two Day Tickets for $69.00, compared to $85.00 at the park. There is a Groupon for Two- Day Tickets and One Meal Ticket for $ 67.00, if you want to make Sesame Place a weekend trip. If you want to go on a Friday evening, tickets are $29.00 per person. And any child under two gets in for free!
4. Lockers are convenient, but not necessary
I was able to carry my diaper bag on rides since the rides were mild and it wouldn’t fall out. But if you have any concerns or a lot of loads, lockers can be purchased online for a discounted price.
5. Pay for parking in advance but don’t discount public transportation
Parking is $20 for general parking and $25 for priority parking, but if you don’t have a car, you can also get there by public transportation. Round Trip Tickets for the New Jersey Transit are $33.50 to Trenton from NYC and cabs from Trenton to the park are $15 one way.
There is still time to go to Sesame Place for the Halloween season this Halloweekend! Also, Sesame Place is open for Christmastime from November 17th to January 1st! I hope that my review helped and that you enjoy Sesame Place with your tot!