The Age-By-Age Guide to Sesame Place

Planning a family trip to Sesame Place? From babies to preschoolers to bigger kids, check out our tips for making the most of your trip. (5 Photos)

Ellen Parlapiano on Sep 28, 2012 at 12:05PM

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The Age-By-Age Guide to Sesame Place

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Babies & Toddlers (Birth - Age 2)

Touring strategy: Since the majority of rides are targeted toward older kids, plan to spend most your time at hands-on attractions and character shows -- they're specially designed for tiny tots!

Rides to conquer: The super-cute Sunny Day Carousel is perfect for the under-2 set. Snag a seat on one of the benches, where baby can ride on your lap or next to you; or stand beside your toddler as she rides one of the googly-eyed horsies. Hang on tight, everyone!

Hands-on attractions: With its bouncy floor and squishy oversized blocks, Big Bird's Court is a safe, soft space for little kids to crawl, climb and tumble. (Only children under 5 -- and supervising grownups -- are allowed in.) If your toddler's able to handle a slide on his own, one parent can walk him up to the top of Silly Sand Slide (it's the one shaped like a pail and shovel) while the other waits at the bottom to catch him. At Sesame Neighborhood, which recreates the show's famous sets, kids can visit Bert & Ernie's house, Mr. MacIntosh's Fruit Stand and climb all over the fire truck in Sesame Street Engine House No. 1.

Splishy splashy fun: Cool down in the Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave pool -- its maximum depth is only 24 inches. Accompany active toddlers through Ernie’s Waterworks, a wet and wonderful water land with spraying mazes and cascading fountains.

Shows to catch: Elmo's World Live! is a must-see for fans of the furry red monster. Kids get to shake their sillies out as they sing and dance along with Elmo, Dorothy and Mr. Noodle. If Abby Cadabby is your child's fave, make sure you see the new Let's Play Together! show, too -- she's the star!

Where to greet the characters: The daytime Neighborhood Street Party Parade is your best bet, because it allows your child to wave from the sidelines. Kids this age often get frightened when costumed characters (like, say, a 10-foot Big Bird) get too close. You might spot characters in the Sesame Neighborhood, too.

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