Preparing Your Child for a Trip to a Theme Park

Preparing Your Child for a Trip to a Theme ParkA visit to a theme park is often a treasured memory for children, but planning for that trip can be difficult. How do you make sure that your child is ready to visit an amusement park? How can you ensure it is the best trip possible? Keep these few things in mind while planning a trip to a theme park with your children.

Know the rules

Before you even decide where to go and buy the tickets, look at the theme park’s website and find a guide. Many attractions have rules about height. If your child is 45 inches tall and most rides in the park require 48 inches, you might want to reconsider spending a day there. This is especially true if your children have their hearts set on a particular ride. Measure each child before you go, and make it clear which rides are allowed. Also, be sure to read the park’s rule on smoking, bringing outside food or any other restrictions.

Know their preferences

If you have been to a theme park with your children before, you might already have an idea what they like and dislike. Some children love rides that spin but can’t handle scary or dark rides. Others get motion sickness on any ride and prefer to watch shows or play games. If this is your first time to an amusement park with your child, think about his or her preferences in general. Explain what each ride does, then listen to how your child responds. Make a list of things you want to do as a family as well as rides that some family members would like to do alone.

Know their expectations

Ask your children what they would like to do and how they expect to spend the day. Kids often think they can fit more into a day than is possible, so gently remind them that they might not be able to do it all. If you know the amusement park will be very crowded, create a plan of action so that you can visit the rides you love. When you talk to your children about their expectations, also tell them about how much money they are allowed to spend on souvenirs. It’s important to set these kinds of rules for the entire family before you arrive at the park.

Pack supplies

If the amusement park you are visiting allows outside food, consider packing a snack or small lunch for everyone to save money. Even if the park does not allow outside lunches, it is usually not a problem to take a pack of crackers or other tiny snack with you. Bring an extra set of clothes for small children in case of accidents. Even if your kids are older, extra clothes are still helpful if the park contains wet rides or messy foods. Decide whether each child will carry their own money or if you will carry it for them. Although most parks have a first aid center, you might also want to bring bandages for cuts or moleskin for blisters. Don’t weigh yourself down. If you want to bring something but don’t feel like toting it around, leave it in the car just in case. Some theme parks even have lockers for rent at the entrance.

Prepare for the worst

Make sure that your children know what to do if they become separated or lost. The usual advice is to have your child stay where he or she is and stay calm. It’s important for children to stay where they were last seen so that parents can find them more easily. Show your children how employees are dressed. If they are lost, they can approach a park employee and explain the situation. If you child has an emergency cell phone, make sure they have a full battery and your phone number. For young children, make sure your phone number is written somewhere for them. Many parents write emergency numbers on bracelets or dog tags for their kids. Make a note or take a picture of what each child is wearing, and make sure your child sees what color shirt you are wearing. It will be easily to describe a missing person this way.Infoband Child Safety ID Wristband - Blue Big Fish

The main goal is to prepare you child beforehand so the trip can go more smoothly. The more information your family has, the happier you will be when visiting any theme park. Think about your trip before going, and communicate with each other about expectations and rules. Start planning as soon as possible, and enjoy your trip!


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