I love Sesame Street. I could sit down and watch Sesame Street just as much as I could watch the Bravo Housewives Series. So I think I was the most excited of everyone when I found out that Sesame Place offers a complimentary fun-filled VIP day to children with disabilities, their parents and siblings. They have Autism Awareness Days as well as other days for children with physical and developmental disabilities.
I got to hug Elmo, the Count, Bert & Ernie, and the Grouch. I ate tacos while watching a parade and I danced on stage during their performance. The special accommodations were so thoughtful and the employees were helpful and kind when it was time to leave and the tantrums began. We walked through an entire amusement park and felt NO judgment!!! Finally!!!
We started talking to one Dad while waiting in line. He and his son had matching sports jerseys. He told us that when they go to crowded places, they wear the same outfit. That way, it’s easy to find one another. And, he ALWAYS takes a photo of his son before they walk into the facility so that he has a most recent photo on his phone in case his son gets lost. What a great idea!
In 2017, Sesame Street introduced a new character with autism – Julia. This makes us love Sesame Street even more. Check out Julia’s introduction on Sesame Street.
Sesame Place and Variety, the Children’s Charity, partner together each year to offer children with disabilities an exclusive and complimentary fun-filled day at Sesame Place. This offer also applies to parents and siblings.
Admission is free for up to six people per family but advance registration is required. Visitors may go to VarietyPhila.org to complete their registration.
Sesame Place makes special accommodations for children with autism including adjustments of the volume of the music and public address system, designated quiet areas, characters instructed not to initiate physical contact, gluten free foods and free activities and events throughout the park.
Sesame Place created a training video for caregivers and providers of children with autism with ways to integrate project materials into their own work. They also created a provider guide for community leaders to introduce ideas for creating autism-friendly activities and events.
Check the Variety and/or Sesame Place websites for the specific date(s).
Headquarters: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
VARIETY – THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY
Headquarters: 2950 Potshop Road, PO Box 609, Worcester, PA 19490
Tickets are FREE (there is a maximum amount of tickets per family) but advanced registration is required on the Variety website.
Tickets cannot be reserved or obtained through voice mails, emails, or any method other than online registration.
Parking is $25 per vehicle and all proceeds support Variety – The Children’s Charity.