Thank you Sesame Place for sponsoring this post.
Labor Day weekend we made the drive down to Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The home to the world famous Sesame Place. A 5 hour drive from Chautauqua County NY and about 45 minutes outside of Philly.
I moved around a lot when I was a child since every time my dad landed a promotion and moved up that corporate ladder, we had to go take over a new city. One of those moves landed us in the heart of Philadelphia & you best believe that summer my brother and I had season passes to Sesame Place. So it was pretty sweet that I was able to spend a weekend sharing a childhood favorite fun spot of mine with my own child.
Oscars Wacky Taxi
Sesame Place has definitely grown since the last time I roaming the park! When I was 5, Sesame Place was just a water park! Not a single dry ride at all!!! I couldn’t believe how much the park had grown. One of the newest additions just happened to be a brand new roller coaster called Oscar's Wacky Taxi.
Oscar’s Wacky Taxi is a roller coaster inspired by of course, Oscar’s Taxi. It’s the park's first steel-wooden-hybrid roller coaster & second roller coaster in the park. The new coaster is one of the largest new attractions in the park’s 37-year history, so we definitely picked the right time to plan a Sesame Place trip.
Oscar’s Wacky Taxi will send riders soaring down an exhilarating first drop of 40 feet, traveling over 1,200 feet of track with exciting twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills -- sure to delight even the grouchiest of riders. A 40” rider height requirement (with a supervising companion) or 46” height requirement for single riders will make this the perfect first coaster for many park guests!!! My daughter watches kids ride roller coasters on YouTube, so she was pretty thrilled to actually ride a big girl coaster herself.
Since Oscars Wacky Taxi is new, lines can get pretty long if you’re at the park on a peak day. We happened to attend Elmo’s Character Breakfast, so we were some of the very first people in the park. We were actually in the park before it opened, so once breakfast ended, we strolled right over to Oscar’s Wacky Taxi and scored those first spots in line!
Another great tip for those of you that HATE lines. If you’re at Sesame Place, spot that the Oscar’s Wacky Taxi line is ridiculously long. Head on over to customer service and purchase a One Time Que for $9 a rider. This $9 pass will let you board the coaster once by cutting the entire line. You can also purchase a one time magic que for every ride in the park for $34. Depending on how much you hate lines or how antsy your kiddos are, that might be the best purchase of the day!
Worth the long wait? Worth paying for the Magic Que? Did we like it!!?!??
Yes, Yes and YES!
Don’t let the coasters name fool ya! Oscar’s Wacky Taxi has a lot of speed. I was shocked at how fast this roller coaster actually went. My daughter is a thrill seeker. Obsessed with watching YouTube GoPro videos of kids riding ride, so of course she wanted to ride Oscar’s Wacky Taxi again!
Since this was a pretty fast ride, I would hold off taking any super little ones who scare easily. This is definitely a big kid ride and literally the perfect roller coaster to introduce kids to more thrilling rides than those cute rides in Elmo’s World.
I would totally wait in line for this ride and if I had $9 to spare, even splurge on the Magic Que since I’m a line hater myself. Loved Oscar’s Wacky Taxi and dare I say it was way more thrilling than Slinky Dog at Hollywood Studios? And we know how much I loved that ride. I raved about it for weeks after riding. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi gets two thumbs up!
Have you been to Sesame Place? Have you had a chance to check out Oscars Wacky Taxi?
So Haylie & I did an extremely brave thing a few weekends ago! We registered for a Little Bakers Class at Full Moon Rising Bakery in Jamestown located on Cherry Street.
I always get scared that these types of classss will be a tad bit too difficult for my “non-verbal” child. While she’s extremely intelligent book-wise, following directions can be hit or miss for Haylie. Some days not one person would ever guess she has any cognitive issues and then other days have me wanting to bury my head in the sand since I don’t have an explanation for anything that may have happened. There is no predicting what type of day we will have, so any group activities are a huge gamble for us. Just incase things take a turn for the worst, I always have an exit strategy in play.
Little Bakers Class
Haylie is frosting obsessed! Cupcakes are a favorite of hers and frosting them is a favorite pastime. She is the Funfetti princess at home, so we took the plunge and registered for a real Little Bakers Class. The class costs $20 a child and each child gets to create 4 cupcake masterpieces.
While waiting for all the kiddos to arrive, the bakers at Full Moon Rising Bakery had markers and stickers scattered on the table so the kids could decorate their cupcake boxes. This was perfect since this class ranges from 2-10 year olds. Super little ones can get pretty antsy, so coloring a cupcake box kept the kiddos nice and occupied.
Once all the kids arrived, it was time to learn how to frost those cupcakes! The owner of the bakery explained how each bag of frosting had a different tip. Each tip made a different pattern and she demonstrated how to use each frosting tip.
Then it was time for the kids to attempt their own frosting skills. This first cupcake Haylie made 100% on her own! The frosting bags can be a tad bit tough to work with, so I was rather impressed with how much muscle she had to squeeze that frosting out!
The next three cupcakes Haylie had me help squeeze the bag from the top while she twisted the frosting to make a swirl. The brown reminded us of the poop emoji, so the brown cupcake was the favorite to make. Who doesn’t like sprinkled poop lol....
At the end of the class, the folks at Full Moon Rising Bakery had a little photo setup so the participants could have a mini photoshoot with their cupcakes! I thought this was the perfect way to end a class! Everyone mom wants those Insta photos to show off their Little Bakers skills don’t they?
Honestly, I was beyond happy we decided to give the Little Bakers class a chance. Haylie did great since Little Bakers took place in such a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for super little ones just learning how to participate in group activities AND perfect for kiddos like my own who may struggle with step by step. Literally no skills required to have a fabulous time! This mama left with the biggest smile on her face because we had a blast! We participated in a normal Mommy/daughter activity and finished it without any drama. I know all you special need mamas can relate to that awesome feeling when the escape plan didn’t need to be executed. Two thumbs up from us here at The Trophy WifeStyle
Have your kids taken any type of cooking/baking classes?
Any mamas out there need an excuse to go out and buy a bottle or two of wine?! I may just have you covered! Wine Cork Dot Paint Pumpkins! That’s right, you drink the contents of that wine bottle while your child dots away with the corks. It’s a win win activity since Mama is occupied and so is the kiddo! Cheers & happy dotting!
• White Paper Plates
• Green Pipe Cleaners
• Hole Punch
• Orange Paint
• Wine Corks
Before you let your child dot away, take your hole punch and punch a hole at the top of the white paper plate. This is where you will string your pipe cleaner to make a stem later.
Let your child dot away using the orange paint & the wine cork!
Once your white paper Plate is covered in paint dots, take 2-3 pipe cleaners and wrap them around your finger to make a spiral.
Take your pipe cleaner spiral and simply thread it into the hole you punched in your white paper plate. Twist the stem in place. And just like that, you now have a Paper Plate Pumpkin!
I just love Halloween crafts. Halloween and Christmas are the two holidays I tend to go all out for. I just can’t get enough of the cuteness!!!!
My daughter has a class Halloween party every year! Since Halloween is a favorite of mine to get crafty for, I thought it would be fun to make D.I.Y Mummy Water Bottles for the kids!
• Small Water Bottles
• Glue Stick
• Black Paper
Take a water bottle and your gauze & wrap your water bottle up.
Take your scissors and cut the leftover gauze. Then tuck the end of your gauze into the gauze on your water bottle.
Now glue on those googly eyes with your glue stick.
Time to cut out a mouth using your black paper. Once you have cut one out, glue it onto your water bottle.
Glue on a plastic spider.
Ta-Da! You now have Mummy Water Bottles. They make the perfect beverage to serve at your Halloween Party!
Are you planning a Halloween Party?
This post was sponsored by RITZ as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I don’t know what it is with kids, but they are bottomless pits. No matter how many snacks are in that kitchen cabinet, they still claim to be starving to death 24/7. On top of a 6 year old bottomless pit, I also have a hubby who walks in that door from work with hunger pains! I swear he’s worse that the 6 year old most days.
With these two wanting to eat everything in site & then adding myself to that mix when I get those late night snack craving, I’m always looking to scheme up ways to save when buying those snacks. It can get pretty pricy stuffing three mouths full of deliciousness.
One of our favorite snacks just happens to be RITZ Crackers. I just love how versatile they are AND the fact all three of us enjoy the very same snack making our Walmart shopping trips easy peasy! My picky eater child will snack on RITZ Original Classic Crackers while my hubby will use those same RITZ Original Classic Crackers to dunk in his favorite dips. Myself? Nothing better than those RITZ Original Classic Crackers making an appearance on my famous cheese plates.
Did you know there are many different varieties of RITZ Crackers? Yes, they make more than RITZ Original Classic Crackers & they are available at your local Walmart.
RITZ Crackers Ibotta Offers
Have bottomless pits to feed at home? Right now is a fabulous time to stock your kitchen with RITZ Crackers from Walmart, thanks to two Ibotta offers which will help up save big!
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I told you I was all about scheming up ways to save on those snack and no better way than earning actual money back on the things that my family enjoy and use! And, to sweeten the deal, right now you can enter to win one of SIX $50 Walmart gift cards or the grand prize of a $200 Walmart gift card! Sweepstakes runs now through September 25.
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CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.