25 Things No One Tells You about Sesame Place

We had the pleasure of going to Sesame Place in Langhorne Philadelphia for my birthday weekend. It was our first time and Mr BAM and I agreed it was perfect for our kids (Mr P nearly 6 and Little Miss 20 months).  The drive from NYC is an easy breezy hour and a half if you go straight or a little longer if you detour to rest stops. Definitely short enough for busy toddlers.

Their were water slides, roller coasters, carousels and a ton more dry rides. We really enjoyed all the opportunities to get up close and personal with the kids’ (and our!) favorite characters. Once you get one cuddle with Elmo or Abby Cadabby you just can’t get enough! We discovered a few tips and tricks just by trial and error and amazing intuition that really made the trip awesome.

I hope these help you have as great a time at Sesame Place as we did.

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1. Sunscreen, a hat and water shoes are a must. Without watershoes, you’ll burn your feet lining up for popular rides like Sky Splash on the concrete steps

Canon Powershot G15 Giveaway Sponsored by 42nd Street Photo

I am so excited to be able to offer Mama Goes BAM readers the opportunity to win a Canon Powershot G15 digital camera that will allow you to capture memories and adventures through the years! 42nd Street Photo is a camera store based in New York City and they have a vast selection of digital cameras and camcorders. They have been in business for over 40 years, established back when we used to capture memories on film! It’s convenient to shop there as they have great deals and sales, a variety of ways to pay, free shipping, and a free cleaning kit with your purchase. 42nd Street Photo is generously sponsoring this giveaway for the Canon Powershot G15, a small camera with big performance. This camera is a great step-up from the average point-and-shoot with a lot of features of more expensive DSLR cameras in a compact package. It also receives raving reviews from users!

Win A One Night’s Stay at SpringHill Suites Philadelphia

Did you enjoy my review of the Family-friendly hotel SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne? Then you’ll want to enter to win one night’s accommodation to stay with them!

Close to many family-friendly attractions like Sesame Place, Philadelphia Zoo and Oxford Valley Mall, SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne is a great place to base your family for an Eastern vacation. Check out their website for more details on this Marriott owned hotel and don’t forget to read my review.

A stone's throw away from Sesame Place, image curtesy of SpringHill Suites

Please make sure you are familiar with all the contest rules before entering. Good luck!

Find Out About Kissimmee’s Summer Sequel Sweepstakes

At the end of this month, my family is traveling to Florida and staying in Kissimee and meeting up with Mr BAM’s parents from New Zealand! I am so excited as our entire family has never been to Disney World and we plan on going for at least 2 days out of the week long stay! It will be great to experience the magic of Disney through their eyes as well as to enjoy all that our nearby base in Kissimmee has to offer. I’m also excited to announce that I will be guest blogging our family’s adventures over at I See Kissimmee, an online diary of bloggers’ stories from the heart of Florida. So make sure to look out for my tips for eating healthy while at Disney as well as the sights and sounds of Kissimmee’s great outdoors.

Back to School Shopping with Duane Reade

Thanks to this sponsored post from Collective Bias®, I am thrilled that with a month out from Mr P starting grade 1 have done all of his back-to-school shopping! His kindergarten teachers provided his grade 1 school list on the last day of school, so depending on how you look at it, you could say I am late with my shopping but hey it is still summer after all.

Our little family headed to the local Duane Reade this morning to pick up everything on Mr P’s list. From pencils, to markers and wet wipes, paper towels and sanitizer this was the most logical place to get all of these items in one place. He was in charge of the pink marker and marked items off the list as we found them. We turned the shopping into a bit of a scavenger hunt, with him reading the items on the list, finding them and crossing them off. Conveniently all in one aisle, all the name brand glue (Elmer’s) and crayons (Crayola) that the teachers listed as “quality” and “must-have” were here.

The plus side of shopping this time of year at Duane Reade is that much of the already affordably priced school supplies were on sale. One cashier commented at how cheap (in price) the marble notebooks were. She was thinking that she should buy some and save them up for her friends’ kids. Not a bad idea!

Sisters are Like Fat Thighs

When I think of my sister there is not much that she hasn’t been around for to experience in my life. We had a few rough patches back in our late teens when somehow we just couldn’t gel. But once we got through that awkward phase, we’ve always been there for each other – well at least that is how I feel about her!

Even during one of the scariest moments of my life in recent times, she took leave from work and hopped on a bus from Ottawa to New York city to be with me and the family, to help us through and make sure we were ok.

This National Sister’s Day, I send big fat squishy hugs to my sister. Mwah x

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