Every holiday my husband and I disagree about taking Erin certain places or doing certain things for her. His argument: she’s too young, she won’t fully appreciated it, and she won’t remember it, so what’s the point? My point of view: She may not remember it, but they are memories for the family, and experiences for her. For example, we never got professional newborn photos done (sorry Amanda Anttila-Oza!), Monthly professional photos were out of the question too. I did win the battle with some one year photos/family photos (A big thanks to Amanda Anttila-Oza Photography, you can see some by visiting her blog. You can see her photography site here. If you are a Seattle area resident, THIS is the woman to book!!! But, don’t be surprised if she pulls up on a road bike…with some flowers….road biking and gardening are some of her passions as well! Okay, I’ll get off my soap box of my childhood friend now. 🙂 Back on track: I finally got some professional photos of our daughter and our family. At two years, we didn’t….we were in Seattle and I regret not booking Amanda again.
Difference two: Any significant outings. Ping has never taken Erin to the zoo. He finally took her to the aquarium last May during Memorial Day. He was totally impressed by all the free stuff we get with our Membership: free parking, and free admission to all zoos and aquariums in the five boroughs on New York City.
So, when I received a text upon our return from Asia this spring from my brother in law, I know this next excursion was going to take some big convincing. Uncle Peter and Auntie Arianne wanted to take Erin to Sesame Place for her 2nd birthday gift. I was, of course, so excited and knew she would love it! Ping, well, let’s just say I got the normal three arguments: too young, won’t appreciate it, won’t remember it. C’mon! Not ALL activities are made or adults! How old do you think she will have to be to appreciate and remember it!?! He finally agreed and we finally went the beginning of August. Here is a run down of what happened to my daughter on that day:
1) When I told her we were going to Auntie Arianne’s and Uncle Peter’s to pick them up, her only excited response was “See Kitty!” (They have a cat)
2) When I told her they were taking her to meet Elmo, Abbie, Grover, Big Bird and everyone else on Sesame Street, she replied in excitement, “See Kitty!”
3) Upon arrival of the beloved Aunt and Uncle’s house, all she was concerned about was, “See Kitty!”
4) Snacks were scarfed down in the car ride to Langhorne, PA.
5) Upon arrival to Sesame Place, Erin pointed out all of the pictures she saw of the characters in the parking lot (You park in areas marked, Elmo, Abby, Big Bird, etc.)
6) She enjoyed eating at a table with Elmo on it during lunch and getting a free Elmo plate, and Elmo cup
7) We took her to one of the many shows offered (Abby’s playdate): I believe this is where Erin experience her first real heart attack (hopefully her only) as all the characters jumped out on stage at once. (I had tears well in my eyes to see such joy on her face for the first time) She stood still when asked to repeat the dance moves taught to her.
8) a non stop grin was on her face the entire day.
9) She loved the rides, had a hard time waiting in line, and wanted to try the next seat right after her turn was over without waiting in line.
10) she wore her brown and pink animal print swim suit excitedly as she jumped in Count’s Castle with her Daddy.
11) Had NO FEAR taking her picture with Grover 2.0 and Zoey.
12) Helped her Dad finish his Dove ice cream bar while waiting for the parade to begin.
13) Excitedly grabbed and played with streamers at the end of the parade while sitting on Mommy’s shoulders.
14) Got a free sticker at the First Aid booth when she skinned her knee for the 4th day in a row.
15) Crashed upon buckle up in the car ride home. And as I instructed her it was time to put her jammies on when we got home, her response was to break out in the dance she learned that day.
All in all, I’d say this was THE BEST amusement park for a 2 year old EVER! Not all rides were age appropriate. That was nice for older kids. Dry and wet ride options, many special shows to choose from, a parade that wasn’t too long, or too short, and great memories!
Don’t forget to get the “Elmo Tickets.” A two day pass (does not need to be consecutive) for the price of one in the same season. Great deal if you are a day trip away! I’ll end with some photos from Sesame Place: