NEW ROLLER COASTERS “ICE BREAKER” AND “IRON GWAZI” AMPLIFY THRILLS AT SEAWORLD AND BUSCH GARDENS
Written by Steffany Skelley Gilmer
In exchange for a review, my family and I were given tickets to attend the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Florida’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekend.
Scroll down to read our thoughts on this family-friendly event and how we think it's great fun it is for all ages!
Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens is a big celebration of friendship! Here you will often see Elmo, Big Bird, The Count, Bert & Ernie and other Sesame Street favorites walking around and stopping for hugs and to take a picture with their littlest fans.
During Kids' Weekends, Busch Gardens has some extra surprises for guests in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. There are lots of hands-on activities, Sesame-Street themed games and even an opportunity for kids to walk around Busch Gardens' Sesame Street with their favorite characters in their own little fun parade!
We enjoyed every minute of our day at Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids' Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids' Weekends begin this Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd. There will also be a Kids' Weekend Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th.
Can't make it to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this month? That's OK! There will also be more Sesame Street Kids' Weekends Saturdays & Sundays May 4th-19th and October 5th-27th!
If this is your first trip to Busch Gardens with the family, you will be happily surprised to see how magical the Sesame Street Safari of Fun is all year long, not just for kids but for guests of all ages!
The second we set foot inside Sesame Street Safari of Fun, it felt like we were in the Sesame Street world where everything is fun, friendly and magical. There were lots of great rides for kids and most were also safe for toddlers to enjoy with the company of a parent. There were plenty of huge play areas, including a 3-story high play area with kid-safe obstacle course & inflatable bouncy floor, a 3-story high tree with rope walkways, and also a large splash pad area! And of course, we were happy to see plenty of seating scattered around for parents to relax while their little ones played nearby.
Our 6 year old son loved the huge 3-story tree and obstacle course play area and fearlessly crossed the rope walkways over and over, giggling the whole time. He got to chat with Elmo and Big Bird and give them high-fives before running off to play some more!
Our 3 year old son had a blast soaring with Grover on his plane through the Sahara and swinging through the jungle on Rosita's Djembe Fly-Away and had a smile from ear to ear as he enjoyed all of the perfectly kid-sized Sesame Street-themed rides. He was also super excited to spend time with Bert & Ernie, giving them hugs and high-fives and posing for pictures.
Both of our little guys enjoyed their time at the park so much that the day flew by for all of us and we in fact ended up staying until the very last minute of closing time!
We had so much fun at Busch Gardens Sesame Street Safari of Fun and we highly recommend it for families with young children!
February 2nd-10th: It's a Pirate Paaaaarrrrrrty!
Join your favorite Sesame Street® crew decked out in pirate gear Saturdays & Sundays February 2 through 10 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Young lads and lasses are invited to join in the celebration each weekend, featuring:
- Pirate character dance parties with your favorite Sesame Street friends
- Themed story times
- A treasure scavenger hunt with beads
- Exclusive photo opportunities
- Color your own pirate bandana and more!
All hands on deck during this pirate festival as we kick-off a year of playing, laughing and learning with Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, only at Busch Gardens!
We recommend bringing a swimsuit or a change of clothes for your child(ren) because there is a big splash pad in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and they likely will want to play in it while they're there. It's a lot of fun & a great way for them to cool off while they play in the bubblers, geysers, jets and dumping buckets!
More cool things about taking the family to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay:
While younger guests may be too small to ride on the adult-sized roller coasters, there are still plenty of kid-friendly attractions for little ones to enjoy with their families! Click HERE to read Busch Garden's list of their Kid-Friendly Attractions!
Have Lunch with Elmo and Friends!
Make lunch more than just delicious by sharing it with Elmo and friends. Everyone in the family will find something to savor in a delicious Sesame Street Character Dining lunch buffet. Kids age 3-9 can dine for $9.99, Adults & children 10+ are $19.99 and children age 2 and under are free! Click HERE to order tickets for the Sesame Street Character Dining lunch buffet.
- Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays February 2-10, May 4-19, and October 5-27
Families can enjoy seasonal fun with fan-favorite characters, including hands-on activities and specialty character meals each Saturday and Sunday during select times.
- Food & Wine Festival
Select Dates March 16 – April 28
The park’s most delicious event returns this March with tastes for every palate at the fifth annual Food & Wine Festival. Guests can sample delectable cuisines paired with a wide selection of wines, craft brews and specialty cocktails, while enjoying some of the biggest names in entertainment.
- Guy Harvey Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays May 11 & 12, Dec. 7 & 8
Meet Guy Harvey and learn about his dedication to conservation and his passion for marine wildlife. Bring your favorite gear for him to sign or purchase Guy Harvey paintings, merchandise and more. Autographs and photos will be available at select times throughout the day.
- Jack Hanna Weekend
Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.
- Summer Nights
Each Night May 31 – August 11
As the sun goes down, the night comes alive at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Summer Nights. The event features extended hours, endless energy and world-class coasters that light up the night. Join us for a Fourth of July firework celebration like no other during Summer Nights.
- Fall & Holiday Favorites, including: Bier Fest – a unique blend of food and favorite craft beers from around the world and local favorites; Howl-O-Scream*, celebrating 20 years this fall, there is nowhere to hide at Howl-O-Scream 2019; Christmas Town, with millions of twinkling lights and festive shows.
Visit www.buschgardens.com for more information
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