The massive Light-Bright-like display at the Buck's County Children's Museum was one of my favorites.
Because during the fall Sesame Place is only open on weekends, we spent all day Friday fitting in our other activities beforehand. I know so many NY families make the round trip to Pennsylvania in a single day, but I highly recommend an overnight stay. Beyond that serene feeling of being far from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life (and having the bed made by someone else), there's an added bonus: Your kids will wake up fresh and energized the morning of your outing, making for fewer tantrums and a calm toddler waiting on all those theme park lines. It worked for us.
A ride on the New Hope & Ivy Railroad is like taking a step back in time.
We stayed busy with a few hours at the Bucks County Children's Museum, a gem of a place run by a most amazing and dedicated team. We haunt the Brooklyn Children's Museum often, and while we love our hometown museum, there's no denying it can get...crowded. Since we were there on a school day, the Bucks County venue was almost empty and we enjoyed running the post office ourselves. We had the entire architectural dig installation to ourselves, too. Every interactive exhibit was spot-on for targeting fun and learning, from the simulated hot-air balloon ride to the giant Lite Brite-like wall (which I think I liked more than my son). While eating lunch right across the street from the museum, we spotted an old-fashioned steam engine that seemed to be working. We made it a point to stop back on our way home Sunday morning for a ride on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, a historic 45-minute tour that's worth the upgrade fee for the outdoor car. They've got some awesome haunted Halloween trainscoming up, so check those out (a ride tailored to younger kids, and another that ups the spooky ante considerably and is for adults-only).
Keeping Elmo's Spirit Alive
My son turned three about a week after our trip, and while we had ordered a cake for his party, we took on some serious cupcake baking. Thanks to Red Tricycle for the tips on making these fab Elmo cupcakes—they were a hit with every child at our party, and we had fun making them, too!
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