The long: Same half-water-park, half-amusement-park model. One new show, a few new weekends, summer-evening S'mores (Fridays in July and August) and ice cream sundaes (Sundays in July and August).

The short: Go briefly. Go often. Get a membership.

The demo: Families with little kids. Duh.

New show: In The Magic of Art, Abby Cadabby can't decide what to make, consults buds Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Telly, and learns creating is about love, not the end product. (Tell that to your boss.)

Coming up: Kidz Bop this weekend; Peppa Pig, Buddy the Dinosaur, Caillou, Clifford; and Ernie's Beach Bash-June 11-12.

Locals know: Least crowded on cloudy days, later in afternoon, weekdays.

Pro tip: Claim a sidewalk spot 45 minutes before the parade.

Worth it: Character breakfasts, $6 for kids, $18 for adults, get you in the park before the crowds.

Bring: Wear bathing suits. Bring water shoes, swim vests, plastic bags, stroller. And a watertight container to store your money and keys.

Moment to yourself: Ha!

The basics: 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, open 10 a.m.; closing times vary, $40-$45 (under 2 free), 866-GO-4-ELMO,

Lauren McCutcheon believes in Mr. Snuffleupagus.