The 30th Birthday Celebration season at Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show Sesame Street, begins opening day, May 1, 2010.

Guests are invited to celebrate the park’s 30th birthday all year long, as the party continues throughout the season with the all new Elmo Rocks! Rock n’ Roll show starring Elmo, an expanded line up of live entertainment concerts and exciting new additions to The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular.

I’m actually heading to Sesame Place this June. So be on the look out for lots of pictures and my family adventure recap. To learn more about the park, click on the continue reading link below.

The all-new, hilarious musical show, Elmo Rocks! Starring Elmo with Zoe, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, will captivate the audience as they see the Sesame cast transformed into “The Rockin’ Elmo Band!” Children and their families will love dancing and singing along with this high energy rock ’n roll show.

Originally opened on July 30, 1980, Sesame Place was developed to bring the Sesame Street television show and its values to life for children through play. What began as a 3-acre theme park 30 years ago has grown to 14 acres with more than three-dozen interactive activities, including water attractions, whirling rides, an action-packed roller coaster, choreographed live stage shows, furry friends and a musical parade.

While the staff has grown from 119 in the first year to more than 1,500 last year, the principles first established in 1980 are the same: giving parents and children the opportunity to share in the spirit of imagination and experience Sesame Street together through play at Sesame Place. A handful of employees have seen firsthand the impact over 30 years. Robert J. Caruso, executive vice president and general manager of Sesame Place who has worked with Sesame Place since it opened, has seen the positive effect it has made on families. “It is very heartwarming,” Caruso said recently, “to watch families literally run to the front gate, eager to share in the experiences of Sesame Place. For many of these families, the parents played here as children and now bring their own children to enjoy the thrills of Sesame Place.”

Sesame Place is located near Philadelphia, in Langhorne, PA, and is considered the ideal first theme park experience for young children. It is open Friday through Sunday, May 1 through May 22nd when the park is open daily. After Labor Day, Sesame Place is open weekends only until October 31, 2010. Single day general admission is $53; children under 23 months are free. To learn more about Sesame Place’s varied season passports, dining with the characters for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the line-up of special events and general park information, visit sesameplace.com or call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO. Please note prices listed above are before taxes.

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