April 16, 2012
It’s likely obvious to anyone that has ever experienced the joy of Sesame Street that Sesame Place would be a place built on caring; a place where nurturing young minds and ensuring that everyone knows the importance of caring for themselves, their families, their neighbors, and the earth is essential.
A new initiative at EarthFest 2012 (Friday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) exhibitor Sesame Place — “Sesame Place Cares” — makes that mission even more clear.
“Sesame Place Cares is a collection of programs and initiatives in our [theme] park, in our communities and around the world that symbolize our commitment to conservation, education and community service,” said Lauren Tosti, Communications and Interactive Manager at Sesame Place. “Although Sesame Place Cares has been around for less than a year, Sesame Place has always had a strong connection with the community. We have been working closely with Variety (The Children’s Charity) for many years, and our focus on conservation is long-standing throughout the park. Sesame Place Cares is derived from our parent company’s SeaWorld Cares initiative.”
According to Tosti, Sesame Place’s outreach efforts range from coat and toy donation drives during the holidays, to water conservation measures taken throughout the park.
“We host three Variety events throughout the year, and one event for autism. Sesame Place makes monthly visits to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and we work with the Make a Wish Foundation,” she said. “In addition, Sesame Place attends many health awareness and education fairs to teach children and families about best practices, and our employees participate in many clean up days throughout the year.”
Part of the Sesame Place Cares mission is to promote the conservation of wildlife and “the world we share” in addition to promoting conservation initiatives at Sesame Place, the surrounding community and throughout the world. EarthFest, Tosti said, “fits in perfectly with the Sesame Place Cares initiatives focused on conservation and education.”
“This year at EarthFest, we will be teaching the public about our Sesame Place Cares program, best practices for conservation and how we utilize them at the park — and we will have a furry friend (or two) along with us,” she said. “Events and programs like EarthFest and Sesame Place Cares are imperative for creating a better environment and quality of life for all living things. We hope to provide visitors with useful information they may use in their everyday lives, as well as educate them about the Sesame Place Cares program and how they can support it.”
Sesame Place is located 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. Share in the spirit of imagination with your kids at Sesame Place — where you can experience Sesame Street together through whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows and furry friends. And where you’ll discover that sometimes, the best part of their childhood is rediscovering yours!
To learn more about Sesame Place, visit www.sesameplace.com or call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO.
For more information about EarthFest 2012, visit www.ambler.temple.edu/earthfest.