Where to Find Long Shorts for Girls

If you’re a parent, you don’t need me to tell you how random and ridiculous clothing for kids can be. Boys must wear cargo shorts and other loose clothing in “boy” colors. Girls must wear short shorts and tight clothing in “girl” colors. It’s frustrating when you’re just trying to find clothes to make your kids comfortable. Especially when your kids like things that don’t fall into the small spectrum of what’s available.

Long Shorts for Girls So to make your life a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of what I can find in one of those tricky but high-needs clothing types: long shorts for girls. Whether it’s your daughter’s preference or you just hate the idea of having your six-year-old dressing like a teenager, this list should help. When there’s an inseam length available, I’ve noted it. And if they’re denim, I’ve noted that, too. The knit shorts are hardest to find, but there are a few on the list! These are mostly what’s commonly known as “Bermuda” shorts which go near the knee. Some brands on this list may also have “midi” shorts which go mid-thigh. I did not include bike shorts.

Note: I give original price here, but most of these sites usually run discounts so you may find it’s half that after you click through. 

Some of these are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you purchase after you click. It won’t affect the price at all. I tried to make the best list possible regardless. Thanks for your support!

This list is current as of April 2016. Leave a comment if I’ve missed a store. Or let me know what kind of kids’ clothes you’d like me to hunt down next! Presented in alphabetical order by store. 

The Children’s Place

  • Uniform Shorts, Girls 4-16 (with slim and plus) in 3 colors, $16.95 original price.
Bermuda Jean Shorts
Burnt Orange Bermuda Jean Shorts



Girls Will  Be

Perfect Play Shorts
Perfect Play Shorts


Very Gud Sweatshorts

Hanna Andersson

J C Penney–several styles Buy 1 Get 1 for a Penny through 4/17


  • Knit Waist Bermuda Denim Shorts
    Knit Waist Bermuda Denim Shorts

    Colored Denim Bermuda Shorts, Girls 5-18 (with slim and plus) in 3 colors, $18 original price, 8” inseam 

Lands End

Girls Plaid Bermuda Shorts
Girls Plaid Bermuda Shorts

Old Navy

French Terry Bermuda Shorts
French Terry Bermuda Shorts



Tea Collection

  • Denim-Like Promenade Pedal Pushers, Girls 2-12 in Bubble Gum and Indigo, $26.50



Other Options:

Be sure to check sites like Schoola and Zulily where stock is regularly changing!


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Where to Find Long Shorts for Girls

Where to Buy Lined Pants for Kids

Lined PantsUpdate: the list officially has up-to-date 2016 styles! Scroll down!

The other day I posted a picture of Graham’s new lined pants. They’ve been a staple of his winter wear since we moved to Boston when he was just a toddler. Tessa’s now wearing his fleece-lined toddler jeans and I search out fleece-lined uniform pants for him to wear during the school year every fall. 

But the lined pants make me a little crazy because they’re not consistently carried by the same retailers all the time. Mostly, though, it’s two things:

  • They’re more common in toddler sizes than kid sizes.
  • They’re more common for boys than girls.

Neither of these makes much sense to me. Are toddlers colder? Do girls not need warm legs? But nevertheless I figured I’d do everyone a service and put together the most comprehensive list of lined pants for kids I could find. (I’m in a couple of affiliate programs, but I’ll make no money on the vast majority of these links.) Consider it my gift to you. Especially if you have a girl over 5 who needs lined pants. It’s still much easier to find lined leggings than lined pants for girls, an ongoing source of frustrations (and angry comments on this post).

If I missed anything, please throw it in the comments and I’ll happily update!

Note: all prices listed are full price. Most of these brands mark down the price significantly but it changes regularly. I recommend a click through to see if they’re on sale. No athletic pants, fleece pants, or snow pants.

affiliate links picLet’s go in alphabetical order… (Updated for 2016 styles.)



Lined Pull-On Pants
Crazy8 Boys Lined Pull-On Pants

 Crazy 8


The Gymster™ Pant
The Gymster Pant in blue camo


Hanna Andersson

L. L. Bean

Lands End

Old Navy

TLC Cozy Fleece-Lined Leggings from OshKosh
TLC Cozy Fleece-Lined Leggings from OshKosh

Osh Kosh



Where to Buy Lined Pants for Kids

Sesame Place: When to Splurge and When to Save

Sesame PlaceThis is Part 2 of my Sesame Place series. Part 1 was about planning your visit and if the park is right for you. Part 3 will cover Special Needs Accommodations.

When you think of visiting a theme park, you probably think about parting ways with a good deal of cash. If you don’t go prepared it’s possible to drop a lot of money for very little. It helps to be savvy and to know what is worth your money and what’s not.

First off, at Sesame Place you can save yourself some effort by getting the Discovery Dollars wristband. You can get it at Guest Relations just outside the park or the Welcome Center just inside. You give them your credit card, they put down a $50 hold, you are free to spend as you like without having to pull out your wallet. Your account will settle at the end of the day, so it’s not like you have to spend at least $50. If you’re planning on getting wet or leaving your things in a locker or in the car, this is a great option. I just hated the thought of digging through my bag full of diapers and extra clothes and such every time we needed something.

Parking is $17 for the least expensive lot. You can stay at the Sheraton across the street or try to find a local hotel with a shuttle to the park. (Though those may save you some cash on parking, you may also want to consider the non-monetary cost of waiting for a shuttle or walking to your hotel at the end of your day with wet, exhausted children. And the value of being able to keep extra stuff in the car just in case.) The cheapest lot really isn’t far from the park entrance. We’re not talking Disneyland parking here. We’re talking parking at the mall.

As far as food goes, Sesame Place allows you to bring in a small soft cooler for baby food and formula. So sorry, no snacks to get you through the day. It’s a recent policy change, and one that I don’t love, but it’s typical for parks. Keeping a cooler in the car for a snack break at the picnic tables is a smart idea. 

We did buy the refillable cup from one of the many drink stands. The cup, filled was $6.99 and refills were $0.99. Not cheap, but for a theme park it’s certainly not bad. Plus the cup came with a handle so we just hitched it to our stroller and it was super easy. Theme park drinks usually run upwards of $3 so a comparative good deal. Also it meant we could all share it since none of us have cooties. We used it mostly for water and lemonade to keep us all hydrated since we couldn’t bring drinks in the park. If you plan to return, it makes sense to get one to re-use on future trips.

As far as food goes, we’ve gone two different routes.

Dine With Me

If you are bringing Sesame-obsessed kids to the park, doing a Dine With Me meal may be a good splurge option. The Dine With Me meals are the only time your kid will have time to chat with their favorite monsters without a line of kids waiting behind them. Sesame is a little skimpy with the characters, and there’s usually a line, so this will win you big parent points. There’s a breakfast with Elmo & Friends that’s $19 for adults, $10 for kids. There’s also lunch or dinner with Elmo & Friends for $25 for adults, $15 for kids ($27 for adults at dinner). For these, you book a time and you get reserved seating. (As a bonus, if you book the early breakfast of 8:45, you’ll be able to ride in the park at 9:30, a half hour before the park opens. That is, if you can pry your kids away from Elmo…) There’s also a Cookie’s Country Breakfast and Big Bird’s Backyard BBQ, though be aware these are outside  whereas Elmo’s meals have air conditioning.

For our 2012 trip, our Dine With Me lunch was by far my favorite part of our Sesame Place experience. First off: the food. A buffet is a nice change from the a la carte dining you get in most theme park restaurants. I was pleased with the variety of food available. I was able to get a bunch of different, healthy choices for Graham, including applesauce, green beans, corn, rice and he even took a bite of salmon. They had plenty of kid-friendly options like mac & cheese and chicken fingers. But happily there is also grown-up approved food. There was salad, the aforementioned salmon, chicken stir fry and more. The line was never long.

At our assigned table we were waited on by very friendly staff who brought us drinks and refills. Graham’s milk came in an Elmo cup with a straw that he got to keep.

There were two family restrooms inside, which meant I could take my kids in and change them into their swim clothes in peace and quiet and without the insanity of a theme park bathroom. (This was the only bathroom we used while we were there and it was lovely. I can’t vouch for how the others were.)

There was also a plentiful dessert bar after the meal, including a soft-serve machine, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. You will not go hungry.

And, of course, the big draw: the characters. Our Dine With Me lunch had Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Count and Abby Cadabby. Big Bird, being quite tall, was kept in one place in the center of the room where you could take your kids for pictures. Elmo had a special spot for pictures, too. But later on in the meal he came into the center of the room where we snagged him.

Graham poses and Elmo tries to nom Tessa

The other characters went to EVERY SINGLE TABLE in the place. Not only that, later in the meal they asked who hadn’t seen them and everyone was visited before a character left. It was wonderful. The kids had plenty of time for pictures and cuddles. Cookie sat at our table and the Bug was pretty thrilled. Each character also had a few minutes to perform a song for the kids.

I’d worried it would be kind of a madhouse, but our lunch was very calm and happy and once everyone realized they’d all get a chance to see everyone it was pleasant and lovely. The staff was solicitous and helped with spills, which is kind of a given with so many toddlers around. There were plenty of highchairs and lots of space. 

Eating Off-Site

My plan for our 2014 visit was to give ourselves a park break in the middle of the day and head off-site for lunch. I didn’t feel confident we’d be able to get a parking spot again so I did some Google Map scouting to find a good option nearby. Walking is not encouraged around here. My city kid was thoroughly confused and wondered why no one was walking. Spoiler: no sidewalks. Not very family-friendly. BUT there is one sidewalk heading away from the park and what do you know, at the end of that sidewalk is a Red Robin.

It took us about 5 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the restaurant. We had a nice meal, a good break from the craziness of the park, we all had plenty to eat, the kids got balloons, and overall it worked out very well. Initially we had a bit of complaining from a certain almost-5-year-old about leaving the park but once we were there he was happy as a clam. Happier once he got a balloon. 

On the way back we stopped at the car for our things to do our midday change to swimwear. Because we weren’t allowed snacks, I promised the kid an Elmo cupcake. It was only $2, cheaper than I can find cupcakes around here, and bought me some parent points.

A Two-Day Low-Cost Visit Plan

Here’s the way I’d master plan it:

Day 1: Eat lunch on your own, come to the park afterwards, around 12 or 1. Get in a few good hours, buy a refillable cup, and you can probably get out without a meal.

Day 2: Do a Dine With Me breakfast, get in a few good hours, and leave for a late lunch and a nap back at your hotel.

You get 2 days free with a 1-day pass, so you can get maximum park in without having to cram everything into one big day with some cranky kids. To avoid tantrums, make sure you chat about your plan with the kids in advance. You could also use this plan to have a “wet” day and a “dry” day, so you don’t have to worry about changing clothes and packing a big bag.

There are cabanas and lockers available, though I’d recommend you bring just one basic bag. If you’ll be getting wet with the kids, you will need a locker for your bag, or some kind of waterproof bag you can keep with you with keys and such necessities. If you have a stroller, bring it instead of renting one. It’ll also give you some extra storage space. I don’t think you need it for bigger kids, but if you have one you think will crash it’s not a bad idea to have it around.

Gift ShopDespite our frugal tendencies, I did totally do the obnoxious parent thing. I bought a DVD of Graham on his first roller coaster. I could not deny the cute face. SO CUTE. Yeah, it was $16. I’m a sucker. But we all have those moments, right? I still think we played it pretty frugal. There are a couple gift shops in the park on the small side. They have better stuff than you’ll find at a lot of museum gift shops, mostly toys, stuffed animals, and shirts. Prices are high but not crazy. They’re also pretty easy to avoid, none of that funnel entry stuff some places force you into.

The fact that Sesame Place isn’t in the middle of nowhere makes saving money easier. You’ve got a mall, a Target and lots of hotels and restaurants close by so you don’t have to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. But make sure you check on whether re-entry is possible if you’re getting in your car to head out in the middle of the day but still want to come back.

And just like most theme parks, make sure you check their website for promotions and deals as well as local vendors. Check with the hotels listed on the Sesame Place website in particular to find out about discounts.

Do you have any tips on saving money while traveling, visiting theme parks in general and Sesame Place in particular? Please share!

I received passes for Sesame Place for our 2012 visit to facilitate this review.

Sesame Place: Before Your Visit

Sesame PlaceThis is Part 1 of my Sesame Place series. Part 2 is on saving money and Part 3 will cover Special Needs accommodations.

We visited the park twice, once in 2012 when the kids were 3 and 6 months, and once in 2014, when the kids were 5 and 2. I’ve updated this post to reflect any updates and to help give a broader look at the park. Our first visit had complimentary tickets to help write our review. 

Is Sesame Place Right For Your Family?

The park is geared at children ages 2 to 7, and I think that’s pretty accurate. While there is a substantial portion of the park devoted to water rides, your kids over 7 are probably going to get bored after a few hours. 3 to 5 years old is your sweet spot where they can go on most rides, enjoy the shows and the parade, and really have a great day.

Picture by BlueK9

As for infants and toddlers, I’d give Sesame a miss. I’m not saying you can’t bring them. The park makes a lot of allowances for strollers. While it can be a little tough navigating through the water park side with one, you also have a pretty good baby wave pool. Baby Tessa’s visit was pretty smooth, but I don’t think it’s really fair to her that she was stuck in her stroller for so much time. Besides the carousel, there aren’t really rides you can carry a baby on.

Admission is $63 for everyone 2 and older. You can get a 2-day ticket for the same price and it’s worth considering depending on your children and your other plans. Doing two half-days would probably be easier on kids than one long, full day. (And easier on you, too.)

If you can’t get to one of the Disney parks, there aren’t a lot of amusement parks fit for little kids, especially not ones with Elmo. (I think Graham prefers Elmo to Mickey, just between you and me.) So this is a good option if you’re on the East Coast.

What’s In the Park

The park basically has two sides: the wet and the dry. You’ll need to know that going in to make sure you have the right clothing and supplies. There isn’t a lot of shade so bring plenty of sunscreen. There’s also very little around with air conditioning, so when you’re looking for shows with the kids, consider going to the ones in the indoor theaters that are nice and cool. They no longer allow food and drink inside except for formula, baby food, and medically necessary items. So if you’re packing your own lunch have a cooler in the car. There are picnic tables just outside the park gates.

The dry side is going to be better for the little ones, with the exception of the roller coaster right at the front of the park. There are a whole bunch of rides together now that Cookie’s Monster Land has opened. We got a few good hours with both kiddos and they probably would’ve happily stayed there for a good while. Even the 2-year-old could ride nearly everything over there, though she was too little for the giant swing so I distracted her while her brother got a shot. There are a few rides we skipped due to excessive spinning because a parent’s got to make it through the day, you know? Lines on the dry side aren’t too long, which is why I definitely recommend going there first and getting some good time in before you surrender to the crazy of the wet side.

The wet side of the park will amuse your older kids a lot better. The older ones especially congregate at The Count’s Splash Castle, which is basically the biggest spray park-slash-playground ever. You can let them loose in there and you may not see them again for a while. But there’s still plenty for the littles. Mine weren’t too pumped about the loud spray and play areas, but they really loved the lazy river and the slides that even the little ones can go on. The 2-year-old was a huge fan of Slimey’s Chutes, where we rode in a double tube. 

There are some beach chairs around the spray park areas but not a lot. And there aren’t many places to stash towels so you’re probably best off leaving them in the car or a locker. There isn’t much in terms of seating or shade, so I recommend you pace yourself and not try to do too much. You won’t have a lot of options to rest.

Where To Stay

Sesame Place is North of Philadelphia, pretty close to New Jersey and not far from New York City. If you’re planning a visit of Philly or NYC, you can certainly come in just for the day and get back out again. But if you’re making a special trip and want a hotel nearby, I’d definitely recommend where we stayed in 2012: Homewood Suites by Hilton® Newtown. (I wanted to stay there again in 2014 but it was booked. Apparently the secret’s out.)

Traveling with young children is not easy. I made the 2012 trip solo with a baby and a 3-year-old. Absolutely essential to me was a suite where I could close a door to separate sleeping space from living space. This usually limits me to Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites (both Hilton) or Residence Inn (Marriott). I’ve had great experiences at all 3 chains, but after doing some research I decided for this trip to go with Homewood and I’m glad we did.

The hotel is about a 10 to 15 minute drive from Sesame Place. It’s located in a small industrial park that didn’t have too much traffic and there were plenty of signs directing you from the freeway.

Our suite was a 1-bedroom with a King that had a living room with a pull-out sofa and a kitchen. The kitchen had silverware and tableware included and a good-sized refrigerator/freezer. There was a microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker and a full stove/oven. The bathroom was attached to the bedroom and had a full tub/shower. It was a huge relief to be able to put Tessa down for a nap, then shut the door and let Graham run rampant and watch TV or whatever. Sleep can definitely be the most stressful part of that kind of trip. Since it was just me, I had the two kids in bed with me, but it would’ve been easy to put Graham on the fold-out and Tessa in a crib. I was very pleased with the cleanliness and quality of the room. I’ve stayed in a lot of mid-level hotels and this was one of the better ones.

A look at the King Suite and the lounge at the Newtown Homewood Suites

They offer a full breakfast in the morning that continued past 8 a.m. (Hooray! I hate it when I have to wake up early for breakfast.) The hot items were nothing to write home about, as is generally the case with hotel breakfast. But the variety was really extensive. Along with your hot items (of which there were 3 or 4, including eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc.) there was a make-your-own-waffle station, oatmeal, cereal, pastries, bagels, fruit and juices/coffee/milk. It was quite easy to get enough different items to please my picky 3-year-old and myself each morning.

In addition, there was a light evening meal Monday through Thursday which included complimentary beer, wine, lemonade and iced tea. For me this was a big plus. Right after we got back from the park I needed a pick-me-up big time. And so did the kids. A great alternative to stopping for fast food or trying to survive a sit-down restaurant while we were all tired and cranky.

The hotel had just a few Sesame-going families, it was mostly businesspeople. The breakfast area was never close to full. The staff was top-notch, very kind and helpful.

The only real criticism is that there is nowhere to eat within walking distance. But the hotel guide in the room had menus for several local restaurants, including many that delivered.

There are lots of other hotels nearby. The Sheraton is within walking distance of the park though due to the lack of sidewalks in the area, walking may not be a great choice. And there are a few hotels with shuttle service to the park, which may save you the $15 parking fee. Many are listed on the Sesame Place site.

Planning Your Visit

This is a theme park, so you’re definitely going to have issues with crowds during peak times. In 2012 we went on a weekday in late August when a lot of kids were already in school and found it very manageable. In 2014 we went on a weekend in June and it was more crowded, though not as bad as I expected. They start full-days in May, so that may be another good time. And since it’s mostly outdoors, keep in mind you may have a hot crew on your hands.


The Sesame Place website is very very good and has virtually all the information you’ll need to use on your trip. They even have the menus of all the in-park restaurants listed. That’s gold, my friends. The park isn’t so big that you won’t be able to know in advance where the best spot to eat for your bunch is.

You can also get information on other items in advance that you may want to book. Think about the Dine With Me lunch. Characters like Elmo aren’t all over the place and you’ll appreciate the break to sit and cool off. (More on our Dine With Me lunch in the next post.) There are cabana rentals if you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool area. We didn’t get to try one, but they were off in some quiet areas and looked pretty swanky. When I had a stroller with us we didn’t use a locker, but when the kids were walking it became kind of essential for us to manage the water rides. You can rent strollers and wheelchairs.

There are 3 parking lots, priced at $17, $20 and $30 for VIP which is booked in advance. The $17 and $20 lots really aren’t that far and if you get there early you’ll have just as good a $17 spot as the people in the $30 lot. We arrived at 10:15, not long after the park opens at 10, and decided to go for a close and shady spot in the $20 lot since the $17 lot was already looking pretty packed. But no parking spots are really that far away.

If you’ve got the cash and you don’t want to waste time you can buy an Abby’s Magic Queue pass which allows you to skip the lines on certain rides. While this may not be the most democratic approach and maybe not the best “teachable moment,” it’s your money and your kid and this is the age of the FastPass.

If you forget anything, fear not: there is a Target just down the street from the Sesame Place. (I might have stopped there both times…)

Other Attractions

You’re close enough to Philadelphia to visit the Zoo, the historic sites and I’ve heard great things about the Please Touch Museum, which is also geared at kids 7 and younger. It’s about 90 minutes away from Atlantic City.


Stay tuned for more in my Sesame Place series, including how we handled the park and accommodations for special needs families…


Disclosure: I was provided one-day passes to Sesame Place for my 2012 review.  All expenses in the park, including food, parking, etc., and my stay at Homewood Suites were paid for myself for both visits. Images of Homewood Suites Newtown were provided by Homewood Suites.