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A Very Sesame Birthday Bash

June 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm , by

Hi! My name is Jake Varjian, and I am one. Well, 16 months, if you want to get technical. My favorite pastimes are throwing bits of food off of my highchair tray and saying “uh oh,” running behind my toy push truck so Mom chases me, and charming the pants off of anyone who meets me with my giant cheeks and adorable dimples. One of my other favorite things? Sesame Street! I was so excited to get to go to the Sesame Place theme park a few weeks ago with my mom and my girlfriend, Isabelle. (She’s a cutie, right?) Sesame Place, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so the park has all sorts of fun parades and shows and parties planned for the big year. Can you believe it’s been around that long? It’s as old as my mom! (Almost.) If you have little ones in your family, you might want to think about taking a trip to see Ernie and Bert and all my favorites. There are some cool water rides and areas for little kids like me, plus crawly nets and a rollercoaster for big kids, too. (I’m too small for that one.) Check out some pictures of me and my new friends on the next page. Read more

A Sneak Peek at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

April 28, 2010 at 11:53 am , by

Okay, muggles. You may say you want to bring your kids to check out the new Harry Potter theme park, opening at Universal Orlando this June, but we all know the truth. You’re more excited than they are, aren’t you? You can’t wait to step through the doors of Hogwarts and drink butterbeer and pretend to zoom through a game of Quidditch, right? You can admit it. And really, we can’t blame you. This place looks super cool!

Universal released the first images this week of some of the completed areas of the park. (That’s the entrance to Hogsmeade at right.) There’s some seriously high-tech wizardry at work: the Forbidden Journey ride uses live-action scenes from the movie that follow riders throughout the various scenes, like Dumbledore’s office and the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. The shops are authentic to the book, too: There’s Ollivander’s wand shop, where the wand chooses you, and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. And the Hog’s Head restaurant will serve British pub food, plus butterbeer and pumpkin juice (though I’m not sure how appetizing those sound).

I’ve never read a word of a Harry Potter book, and even I’d want to check this place out! Seems like Mickey Mouse may have to up his game.

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