Took my 5 year old here and she had a blast. There's a great kiddie play area and the staff is very good at keeping the older, rowdier kids out of the area. The rest rooms and changing areas were very clean. The water was extremely clean and comfortable. On the day we went it wasn't crowded at all (probably because there was a 60% chance of rain!). Lots to do for people of all ages. Food and lockers were conveniently located. I didn't find the food too outrageously expensive for an amusement park.
PROS: Activities for all ages
After driving 3 1/2 hours to get to Sesame Place, I have to admit we were pretty disappointed. We went at the end of the season and it wasn't even a really hot day, and the place was packed. Although many of the attractions don't have lines, they were pretty crowded. Anything that had a line was a long, long, wait -- including food! Food was expensive, admission was expensive. However, the kids (3, 4, & 6) had a great time when they weren't standing in line. I would suggest wearing your bathing suit into the park. I found the changing areas very dirty and trying to negotiate the crowded locker room area with a stroller and little kids difficult.
PROS: great for Sesame fans
CONS: expensive, long waits for some attractions, dirty, crowded
We have a season pass to Claws N Paws since we love it so much. It's a good small zoo for younger kids who don't need the size of a major zoo. We love being able to get up close and personal with the turtles, deer, Lory parrots and giraffe. It only takes around an hour and a half to walk all the loops in the zoo with small kids, so it's not overwhelming for them. The enclosures are a bit small, but the animals seem healthy. Tips: bring boots if it's rained recently. Bring your own picnic lunch, snack bar is limited. Make sure the kids don't run, the paths are mostly on hills with loose gravel.
PROS: feed the giraffe and Lory parrots,
CONS: very muddy if it's rained recently, no running water on site, limited food
The Homestead is definitely the premier private school in the area. Located on an expansive campus with fields, woods, animals, and much more, my daughter has attended since she was 3. They are a Montessori school and she has really thrived there. She is 4 1/2 now and already being introduced to multiplication! The teachers are dedicated and amazing, as are the directors. The price is reasonable for a private school. Make sure to get on the waiting list early, since preschool spaces fill up quickly.
PROS: amazing teachers, dedicated staff, fantastic grounds
CONS: must get on waiting list early