Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sesame Place

I had a great long weekend. I went to my parents house and just relaxed a little. B, S and I got to spend long mornings in bed with each other singing songs and acting silly. Hubby and I got to go out a little on our own. It was nice to slow down a little and have some help!

We did however make the mistake of doing some high energy activities. The worst of which was Sesame Place. Sesame Place is an amusement park for little kids under 8. It is based on Sesame Street. A great idea right. No not really. After taking out a second mortgage on the apartment to be able to afford the golden tickets we entered the park. Upon crossing the threshold (the threshold that costs over $50 per person even for my son who is 3) we were bombarded with $30 Elmo hats , $45 cups that Elmo once used while waiting for the bus, $80 tissue that Oscar used to wipe his brow during a surprisingly hot day. The whole thing was an exercise in saying no. As we all know the word no is not a favorite among the toddler set. Most of the children in the park were begging for something or crying. Can I have a cookie monster protractor? No! Can I have a Zoe carpel tunnel arm sleeve? No! A Rosita can opener...a Grover nose hair cutter? No! No! No!

After sitting down to eat our $80 lunch of brie and caviar (oops sorry I meant hamburgers and water) we went to the main street parade where all the guys sweating in their plushy outfits came dancing by. B got to high five big bird he was so excited we had to run to the potty lest he spilith over with joy. After that he was very very happy and talked endlessly about his buddy Big Bird so I guess it was worth emptying out his college fund in the end.

I hope you all had a great weekend and got to relax a little too.


We are THAT Family said...

I'm glad you had a time to catch up and rest!

I just hate that about amusement parks. . . well, mainly because it's not amusing.

the teach said...

Wow! Suzie, those prices are terrible for a family trying to have an enjoyable day out! :(

Vered said...

Those places are amazing. We have something similar over here - Gilroy Gardens. Hate it. But the kids loved it when they were smaller. Actually, I'm sure they would still love it, but we refuse to go back. We also refuse to go back to Disneyland (for now).

What did we do yesterday? Went on a bike ride and had a picnic lunch, then dinner out so that we didn't have to cook. Wasn't exactly a CHEAP day, but college fund is intact. :)

WillThink4Wine said...

I remember amusement parks... I spent 32 years hosting countless guests with their children around Disney World and all the various parks, in the summers usually. Nothing says vacation like walking countless hours, standing in endless lines with cranky, tired children in 100 degree temperatures with 95% humidity. Oh, and then there's the expense!

Having said that, I hope you took tons of pictures because when you look back, you'll only remember the joy and fun family time together!

Kristin H. said...

Sounds a lot like our trip to Disneyworld in January. I just thank all that is holy that the kids had a blast. With the amount of money that is spent at these parks, I cringe when I think of all that can go wrong.

Kmommy said...

OMG! I can't believe those prices! Outrageous!

trying said...

ha we did seasame place last year (on memorial day weekend too big mistake). i felt the same way you did. thankfully they do give miltary tickets (one per calendar year to 5 family members) but i was disapointed in the size of the park and the prices of everything in there. i thought there would be more to do what you were paying. and godforbid you need to eat or pee.

hubs says im spoiled. the only theme park i went to was disney world growing up, i assume all parks should be like that.

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forgetfulone said...

That sounds worse than Disney for prices! Those types of places drive me nuts, like Gatti-town or Chuck E. Cheese's. The kids love 'em, but I can barely hold on to my sanity.

Annie said...

Oh man...I went to Sesame Place when I was a little girl - what a bummer that it turned so expensive! I loved it there!

It's really sad how places make it so hard and expensive for families to go out and have a nice day.

Llama Momma said...

Oh no! That sounds awful! (In a oh-my-gosh-my-toddler-would-love-that kind of way!)

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