Ever since Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street™ opened our gates 35 years ago, we’ve had a few goals:
- to be known as one of the largest family-fun attractions in the Bucks County area,
- to be caring members of the community, improving the lives of those around us.
Through the Sesame Place Cares team, the park has been able to give back to the Bucks County community in a variety of different ways. It is important to the Cares team that they present opportunities where someone can donate time and energy, not just money.
Here are some of the many ways Sesame Place Cares and Sesame Place team members have given back to the community:
United Way of Bucks County – The Sesame Place Cares team has partnered with the United Way in many ways over the years. During our annual campaign drive, the Sesame Place Cares team hosts a very popular Blue Jeans for Charity program and a Bring your Dog to Work Day (complete with a doggie social hour). Departments also compete in Change Wars, the winner of which gets to select a member of the leadership team as the “Top Banana.” This title comes with the honor of wearing a banana suit for the day.
Several members of the Cares team and their family members have participated in the Bucks Knocks out Hunger volunteer event, helping pack several hundred meals for local food banks in the area. This year, Sesame Cares team is also hosting our own Stuff the Bus event, to contribute necessary school supplies to local children in need.
Variety – The Children’s Charity – Sesame Place Cares team has been partnering with this charity for 29 years, to provide children with autism and their families the opportunity to experience an exclusive day at the park. The park makes special accommodations for children with autism, including designated quiet areas, low sensory shows and volume adjustments.
Cradles to Crayons – This charity provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive. The Sesame Place team members enjoy volunteering their time to assemble “Kids Packs” and have hosted several coat and baby item drives with the support of our season pass members.
Bucks County SPCA – The SPCA is our official Happy Tails program partner. All guests who adopt a dog or cat from either of their facilities will receive 2 complimentary tickets to Sesame Place. Team members also volunteered to help to revamp their outside play and our Maintenance department built new agility equipment.
American Red Cross – Sesame Place hosts two blood drives per year, collecting an average of over 65 viable pints of blood. This volunteer activity is open to local residents and team members, with 16 Sesame Place team members donating at our past blood drive!
Sesame Place is a fun and caring member of Bucks County, and we hope you will be too. As sponsors of Stuff the Bus, we encourage you to get involved as well. To learn more about this back-to-school drive, click here. To learn more about Sesame Place Cares, visit our website.
About the Contributor:Dana Ryan is the Associate Manager of Public Relations and Social Media at Sesame Place.