Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Trip to USA - Till we meet again, Elmo!

In the late afternoon, after watching Elmo Rocks!, we gave the wet fun attractions a go. We bought swim gear for Richard and Ryan and went to check out The Count's Splash Castle, which was a multi-level interactive water-play attraction with over 90 play elements, including a 1,000-gallon 8-ft. tipping bucket, multiple water slides, valves, levers, water curtains, bridges, hydro blasters, bubbler jets, bongos, hose jets, water wheels and much more.

Sounds good? We didn't last more than ten minutes - it was so cold! After all, it was the very start of summer and the weather was still quite chilly, especially when the breeze came around. I must say though that there were a lot of people there, and they didn't seem to have any problem with the cold water or cold air. Richard and Ryan braved it out for a little while. They tried to get moving and to get active to warm up, but when Richard was told that they couldn't go down the slides together, Richard decided to call it quits. They were shivering!

At 4 pm, there was the "Neighbourhood Street Party" parade, which is like a huge block party. The characters parade down the main boulevard in 11 floats - there was Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Telly Monster, Murray Monster, Bert and Ernie, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, and even Oscar the Grouch in a giant trash can! There is ongoing music as the floats drive down the street and the whole parade stops three times, each time for a performance by the characters. The characters run between and climb up and down the floats and they also dance in the street. There are also lots of dancers, even some on bicycles.   

You can see a little bit of the parade in the park's 2011 commercial. We didn't take any photographs of the parade but we did capture the whole thing on video. 

Last but not least, we did do the shopping of course - there are lots of shops scattered about the theme park, and we came away with some souvenirs and tons of Sesame Street DVDs. We also posed for caricatures, which now hang in our home. I don't think the caricatures look very much like us though.

When it came to closing time, we didn't want to leave, but all good things come to an end, plus Ryan was pretty tired by that time, so we bade Sesame Place a fond farewell and set off for our hotel. 

It was an amazing day. Ryan had his slice of heaven and, as for Richard and I, just as Sesame Place told us - "the best part of parenthood is rediscovering your inner child". I think all three of us will remember our day at Sesame Place for a long time to come.


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