Elmo, Big Bird, Grover and all of your other favorite Sesame Street characters are joining the Count von Count as he counts up to 45 in honor of the show’s 45th birthday today! Families can celebrate this year or next by visiting one of these theme parks, attractions or exhibits with kids.
The theme park dedicated to the show, located outside of Philadelphia, is, of course, the first place families can expect to celebrate the anniversary with all of their favorite characters. Before the end of the year, enjoy the Very Furry Christmas event, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31, 2014, or ring in the New Year with The Count’s Countdown to New Year’s Celebration and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Dec. 31, 2014. Special shows, music, attractions and dining events are available for guests of all ages. Reservations are required for all events and rates vary.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Check out the “Somebody Come and Play” exhibit dedicated to the TV show at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts now through Jan. 31, 2015. Families can see and learn how episodes of Sesame Street were created. See behind-the-scenes footage, show highlights, international versions of the show and more. A child-friendly area is perfect for little ones, with Sesame Street books, art projects, games and more. The New York City exhibit opens at noon, Monday through Saturday, and is closed Sunday. Admission is free.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun
Visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and fly with Grover, eat with Elmo or Splash with Bert and Ernie in the park’s kid-friendly Sesame Street Safari of Fun area. Sign up for a lunch event with Elmo and friends for a memorable dining experience during your day of fun at the park. The lunch experience is an additional $22 per person and park admission is required. Busch Gardens Tampa is open year-round.
Sesame Street Bay of Play
SeaWorld San Diego’s Sesame Street Bay of Play offers rides, games, water play areas and events all centered on the TV show. Kids can spin with Abby, fly with Elmo, rock with Oscar and more. See the Sunny Days Celebration show and stick around – many of the characters will pose for pictures with kids afterwards! SeaWorld San Diego is open year-round.
Sesame Street Forest of Fun
Although currently closed for the season, visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg in the spring for the park’s Sesame Street Forest of Fun area. Kids and families can enjoy rides and games with their favorite characters, as well as water play areas and the Sunny Days Celebration show. Be sure to get a photo with your favorite character! The park is open seasonally.
Sesame Street Celebrations at Beaches Resorts
If you can make it to the Caribbean this year, stay at a Beaches Resort and enjoy special Sesame Street amenities, activities and events. Families can enjoy complimentary events like the Sesame Street Carnival Celebration Parade or can upgrade their all-inclusive package to include other memorable experiences, like having kids be tucked into bed by Cookie Monster, taking photos with Abby, Elmo and others, eating breakfast with all of the Sesame Street characters, making crafts with Oscar and more.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz