STORY WRITTEN BY AIXA TORREGROSA-VAZQUEZ
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You could say the sun is always shinning at Sesame Place.
On a recent visit, during media day on April 30, the day started with somewhat overcast skies. No matter, the smiles on kids’ faces where enough to brighten up the day once the popular furry friends — can you name them? — came out to greet the crowds. And, they’re everywhere. If I were a kid, I would not know what to do, where to go first. The little one in our group was delighted to say the least, though somewhat a little shy to approach the characters that line up the park’s streets, greeting visitors and patiently posing for pictures.
Eventually the sun came out in full force, to my delight, though it made me break a sweat while waiting for our turn on the carousel where our little one would have lingered for a while if it weren’t for the fact they do have to let other people have a turn.
During our visit, we also stopped by the Neighborhood Theater for the new show “The Magic of Art” where characters Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Telly prepare for an art show. The show focuses on Abby and how she learns to use her imagination to create art.
We also checked the not-to-miss “Elmo the Musical — Live at Sesame Place” where characters help solve a mystery. Our little one loved it. Specially since Elmo came up and interacted a few times. How cool is that?
There’s certainly much to do and enjoy during a day’s visit.
Here’s a brief look at some of the special events planned for this season:
Abby’s Magical Magician Ball (New in 2016)
May 21-22 (Noon and 5 p.m.)
Join Abby Cadabby, Elmo and The Amazing Mumford for an enchanting soiree that will put your wands to work. Featured is a buffet meal and a magician.
“C… is for Celebrate!” Fireworks
May 28-29 (9 to 9:10 p.m.)
A fireworks show set to “Sesame Street” music. Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count.
Memorial Day BBQ
May 28-29 (5 and 7:30 p.m.)
May 30 (5 p.m.)
Visitors can celebrate Memorial Day with everyone’s favorite “Sesame Street” friends. Enjoy an open air, traditional holiday BBQ in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion. After dinner, enjoy a fireworks show at 9 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday only), set to “Sesame Street” music.
KIDZ BOP Kids Live!
Saturday 11:30 a.m., 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
A concert featuring the all-new “Life of the Party” tour with the KIDZ BOP Kids.
Oscar’s Very Grouchy Birthday Party Dine
June 4-5 (Noon and 5 p.m.)
It’s the Grouchiest Birthday Party of them all, according to Sesame Place. Enjoy a buffet meal and a special “dirt dessert” that only a grouch could love.
Bert & Ernie’s Beach Bash (New in 2016)
June 11-12 (11:30 a.m., 1:39 and 5 p.m.)
Grab your bathing suits, flip flops and sunglasses and help kick off beach season with Bert & Ernie.
Super Grover’s SUPER DAD Dine (Re-themed in 2016)
June 18-19 (11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m.)
Bring your Super Kids and join Super Grover for a good time, meal and an action packed dinner full of singing, dancing and fun. To top it off, SUPER DADS eat free with the purchase of a child’s meal.
Cookie Monster’s S’mores Sweet Treats (New in 2016)
Fridays in July and August (7:30 p.m.)
Join Cookie Monster and Elmo for a dessert full of chocolatey, marshmallowy sweetness.
Elmo’s Ice Cream Social Sweet Treats (New in 2016)
Sundays in July and August (7:30 p.m.)
Join Elmo and Cookie Monster for a frozen dessert and enjoy an old-fashioned barbershop quartet singing some classic tunes.
For more events, check sesameplace.com.