Sea World Sesame Street Bay of Play

*This post focuses entirely on the Sesame Street Bay of Play. For more information on the overall park experience, make sure to check out our 10 Tips for Visiting Sea World.

Last Saturday my family and I joined with dozens of other bloggers and their families for an adventure at San Antonio’s Sea World Sesame Street Bay of Play.

We began by stopping in at the Sea Star 4-D Theater for a showing of Lights, Camera, Imagination – a short, interactive movie featuring many favorite characters from Sesame Street – Elmo, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and more. Here’s our 3yo son getting ready for the movie:

If you’ve never been to a 4D movie (which I hadn’t), what makes the experience different is not just just 3-D effects coming from the screen (hence my sons glasses in the picture above!), but the actual sensations you feel while watching the movie – wind coming through the theater, seats moving, even sprays of water. At the beginning of Lights, Camera, Imagination, the announcer warns that some of the 4-D effects might be too much for small children, and indeed, I did need to take our screaming 3yo out of the theater. He just got too scared! But the older kids had fun and thought the whole thing was pretty cool.

After the movie, we headed out to the Sea World Sesame Street Bay of Play. This 3-acre section of Sea World San Antonio is built for children of all ages, and is especially fantastic for the toddler/preschool crowd. There are tunnels and slides and bridges on a huge, 3-story play structure. There are rides specifically designed for smaller children. And there’s a fun musical presentation with Elmo and other Sesame Street friends.

Here we are scaling one of the many rope climbing structures at the Bay of Play:

Eli on the Carousel:

Watching Elmo and other Sesame Street friends sing & dance:

There is also a section dedicated entirely to water fun at the Bay of Play – fountains, geysers, dumping buckets, you name it. We didn’t come prepared that day to get wet, so we skipped this part, but we watched a lot of other kids having a great time in there.

We were incredibly pleased with our visit to the Bay of Play. So often you come to these kinds of parks, and the youngest child is left out from much of the fun. At the Bay of Play, though, children as young as our 3yo Eli could run about and play to their hearts’ content, take their first amusement park rides, and have a fabulous time. And all that while playing with some of their favorite characters from the Sesame Street gang!

NOTE: San Antonio-based photographer Brian Moran has posted some wonderful photographs of the Sea World San Antonio Bay of Play. Check them out, along with his written observations of the new attraction.

*Disclosure: our family received complimentary admission to Sea World San Antonio on the day of our visit. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. Well, not just mine – they were pretty much the opinions of our entire family – especially our preschooler.