Sesame Place does 'Sesame Street' in a 9-acre theme...

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April 10, 1994|By Kara Kenna

Sesame Place does 'Sesame Street' in a 9-acre theme park

Sesame Place, the "Sesame Street" themed play park for families with children ages 3-15, blends physical play and water activities with educational science attractions. This 9-acre park in Langhorne, Pa., features live entertainment, the Sesame Neighborhood -- an interactive attraction that is a full-sized outdoor replica of the television show stage set -- and regular appearances by some of the best-loved "Sesame Street" characters.

This spring Sesame Place offers a variety of new fitness opportunities. In one program, children can complete a fitness card by collecting stamps from various physical play elements they attempt. With over 50 physical play activities throughout the park, getting in shape is all part of the fun. Some of these activities include Nets & Climb, hundreds of yards of cargo netting connected by 200 feet of suspended net tunnels; the Count's Ballroom, a sea of 80,000 colorful plastic balls on a trampoline surface; and Ernie's Bed Bounce, a large, spring air mattress.

The park is open April 30 through October 9, and operating days vary throughout the season. Admission is $20.95. Guests 55 years and older pay $17.80, and children under 2 are admitted free. For more information, contact Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, Pa. 19047; phone: (215) 752-7070.

Epcot '94 will bloom with the color and beauty of floral wonders during the inaugural Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by Better Homes and Gardens. Beginning April 29, the five-week festival at the Walt Disney World Resort will feature more than 30 million buds throughout the World Showcase and Future World. Flower-and-garden-lovers will be able to participate in daily conducted tours of the gardens, as well as backstage growing areas and greenhouses. Lectures will be presented by internationally known horticulturists and Disney experts. Other sessions will focus on everything from the basics of gardening to the art of topiary gardening.

Open daily, Epcot admission is $36; $29 for those between the ages of 3 and 9. For more information, contact (407) 824-4321.

A guide to bike touring

Inn-to-inn bike touring has become more and more popular over the years. A perfect vacation for the '90s, these tours mix adventure with healthy activity. Since no two bike touring companies offer the same quality experiences, Bike Vermont -- one of the country's oldest -- now offers a free two-page brochure titled "A Guide to Selecting a Bike Touring Company." The guide discusses what qualities to look for in a touring company; how good are the inns; and how compatible are the tours with your bicycling ability and energy.

For a copy of the guide, write Bike Vermont Inc., Box 207P, Woodstock, Vt. 05091; phone: (800) 257-2226.

Canaan Valley offers summer packages

The Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center in West Virginia offers families fantastic values with its Summer Memory packages. Between May 22 and August 25, for only $119 (per person, double occupancy), guests receive three nights' lodging and breakfast, one hour of tennis daily, 19 holes of miniature golf, a scenic chairlift ride, and privileges at the outdoor Olympic-sized pool and newly designed Beech Club. Up to two children under 12 are free when occupying the same room with their parents.

Situated on 6,015 acres of a breathtaking Allegheny Mountain valley, the resort features a 250-room lodge complex, 15 private deluxe cabins and a 34-site campground.

During these warm months, ski slopes at the resort become a hiking paradise for guests. Bike rentals and trail maps are readily available at the resort.

For more information or to make reservations, phone: (800) 622-4121 or fax: (304) 866-2172.

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