Big Bird is one big (scary) bird!
So I'm on a Sesame Street kick. Like I said in my last post I've always been a fan. And my husband Paul, who grew up in England, is even a fan (he does a great Cookie Monster impersonation). But Madelyn, my 2 and a half year old, has recently started to favor Dora and Uniqua on the Backyardigans over Elmo. So, I decided that Sesame Street needed to be restored as #1. So off we went last weekend to Sesame Place, the Sesame Street theme park about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. My friend Betsy and her family went too. There were four kids (ages 7 mos, 1 1/2, 2 1/2 and 3 years old) and four adults (all in our 30s) ready to dance in some Abby Caddaby pixie dust. When we pulled up to the gates my husband said, "I don't know who's more excited, you or Madelyn." (Um, me. Duh.)
The kids, it turned out, weren't as ready for a theme park as I thought they would be. We tried to get them to jump on Bert and Ernie's "bed" (a jumbo bubble bouncing tent) and the 2 and 3 year olds refused. The intrepid 1 year old tried it for five minutes. Then they refused the giant jungle gym in Elmo's playhouse. We reluctantly got Madelyn to ride Big Bird's Balloon Ride (and once she was on it she loved it.) The Count's very cool Splash Castle also put Madelyn in stiches when she watched the bucket of water dump every few minutes ("1 … 2 …. 3 …. SPLASH!"), but she wasn't ready to actually go inside. (The kids did look a bit older there.) The mini roller coaster was definitely off-limits (when my daughter saw my husband on the top of the hill with his arms up waving at us, she looked at me terrified and said, "Mommy, don't go on that!").
I figured at least Madelyn would want to see her favorite characters. After all, every morning all week she woke up saying, "When am I going to see Cookie Monster/Abby Caddaby/Big Bird/Elmo …. " On and on as 2 and a half year olds go on and on. So we got in line to get our picture taken with Big Bird. But once it was our turn the same thing happened that happened last year with Santa Claus. "Noooooo! I don't want to! I don't want to talk to Big Bird!" The picture above appears that she's happy, but in reality she's holding on to me for dear life.
Later in the afternoon, when we were all worn out from the fun (just being amongst the Sesame Street royalty was fun), we watched the parade along the recreated Sesame Street set. Madelyn watched as her favorite characters went by from a safe distance. Sitting on top of her daddy's shoulder's she called out, "Big Bird! Elmo! Zoe! Abby …. Look Mommy! Look! There's the Count! And Cookie Monster! He's sooooo funnny!" She couldn't have been more excited. And neither could I.Add a Comment