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?
I may hate fall here in New York since it is FREEZING. I swear we only get two season here. Winter and Spring. Boo! But fall does bring one totally awesome thing with it, football! One of the only good things about fall is lazy football Sundays lounging around in front of the TV in my PJ’s!
Now that my daughter is older, we have been playing around with the idea of taking her to a football game. Only issue is we live in the Buffalo region. Buffalo fans are notorious for their obnoxious behavior. The games are ridiculously fun for a day date. Hubby and I have gone to many,but I wouldn’t take a little one. You just never know what you will encounter.
One random afternoon while scrolling my Facebook feed I spotted an advertisement for Buffalo Bills Kids Day ticket’s from a ticket site. I was intrigued at the idea that the Buffalo Bills have a Kids day. Could it be? I can take my child to a game and so many kids would be in attendance that all the shenanigans that happens at most games would be obsolete? So I decided to google it & then bought tickets once I realized it was a legit event.
The event ran from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. We arrived at around 1:30 and had plenty of time to have fun before the game. Buffalo Bills Kids Day was filled with a variety of activities, including mini golf, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical Bills helmet ride and more! They even had super cool photo opts. Lines did get pretty long for those beyond fabulous Insta pics. But it was totally worth it.
Prior to entering the stadium we had the chance to enjoy a variety of food truck offering from places such as Cibo, Buffalo’s Best, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Ms. Judi! Once inside New Era Field, the Buffalo Bills Kids Day deal included $2 hot dogs, Pepsi products, and water. Safe to say we had an awesome time even before the game began. We will definitely be going back next year!
Who do you root for on Football Sunday?
Thursday evening we attended Kids Movie Night at Moonbrook Country Club. When I found out that the evening was going to consist of my daughters two favorites, pizza & hot dogs, You best believe that RSVP was made shortly after.
When we walked onto the patio area of the country club, staff had two tables set up. One covered in delicious treats such as chips, candy, popcorn & lemonade. The other table had pizza & hot dogs. My daughter scarfed down several pieces of pepperoni pizza AND a hot dog! I might have had a piece of pizza myself before digging into the treats located on the other table.
For dessert, as if the snack table wasn’t enough, they offered ice cream and popsicles to the kids. My daughter loves ice cream, so she was pretty happy when She was handed an ice cream cone!
Then it was movie time! Staff turned on the movie SING for the kiddos to watch while thay all dig into their bags of popcorn. Hosting the event on the patio was genius since the patio had stairs that led to a grassy area of the country club. When little ones got antsy, they could just walk down the steps and run all that energy out before returning to the movie.
My favorite part however was the wine! That’s right, a waitress was right there to serve you beverages from the bar. You best believe every mom and dad on that patio had a drink in their hand to unwind after a busy day.
What are some of your kid’s favorite movies?
Ahhhhhh August!!! The last month of summer break AND the month Instagram gets spammed with sunflower selfies! Every single year since my daughter was born I have promised myself that I would take her to a sunflower field & every single year I would totally drop the ball on that sunflower selfie quest and miss out on all the photo fun.
Thank goodness I was bored out of my mind Thursday evening & spotted a friend talking sunflowers as I was scrolling Facebook. I instantly reached for my phone & made a Saturday Sunflower calendar appointment. This was going to be the year I actually made it to the sunflowers!!
Sunflowers of Sanborn
If you haven’t stopped to see the thousands of sunflowers that have popped up in Sanborn, you definitely should! Six acres of sunflowers — an estimated 170,000 flowers were planted this year along Route 31 Sanborn New York. My daughter and I had the chance to check them out and I can tell you it is worth the hour and forty-five minute drive from Chautauqua County. We had the best day ever stilling the beautiful field of sunflowers.
Sunflowers of Sanborn also introduced something new this year for the kiddos! Mini town, with a Western theme, consisting of five huts stationed behind the sunflower field. A general store, creamery, cafe with grilled hot dogs and burgers, and a sunflower-based novelty shop with garden trinkets are among the attractions. You will also find a Gem Mine. After purchasing a bag of sand ($6, or two for $10), kids can pour the contents of their bag into a basket with small holes. Water from a waterfall then rushes through the basket, removing the sand and unveiling roughly 20-25 brightly colored gems. Guests may also purchase and decorate a rock to place under the Tree of Hope. All the proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York.
Ready for the best news of all?!?! The farm is FREE to visit. That’s right FREE!!! Parking is also free. The Brachmanns who own the farm and who pay for seed, labor, fuel and water all out of their own pockets, say there's no price on making the community smile. The sunflower field is expected to remain open through the second weekend in September, so make sure you get up to Sunflowers of Sanborn and take that selfie for the gram!
3311 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn New York
Open 4 p.m. to dusk weekdays, 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday/Sunday
Have you taken your family to a Sunflower Field before?
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.