If you have young kids, you’ve likely heard them beg to take them to an amusement park. If you have ever tried it, you know that it can be an amazing day full of wonder for your children, and a huge headache-filled nightmare for you. It’s entirely possible that you enjoy amusement parks and ride as far as you once did, along with your kids. Here are a few tips:
If at all possible, wait to go to these parks until all of your children are out of stroller era. The hassle of carrying around a stroller is guaranteed to dampen your experience, what with diaper changes, organizing the young ones’ napping schedules with everyone else’s desires and needs. Of course, there are also all the height and age restrictions that come along with rides. Your kids will have more fun being mobile, and you will too.
Make sure to have at least two adults. Even if you don’t have infants, it’s often the case that the youngest is either too young or to scared to participate in rides that the older ones want to go on, so this way you can take turns entertaining the small one and not miss out on additional fun all the time.
Have a plan. By way of example, the early morning is for rides once the lines are shorter, and the day is for swimming or eating. Also you definitely want an”in case you get lost” plan and be sure each child knows what to do. There are many strategies such as having a picture of each child in what they’re wearing that day for identification, writing your mobile phone number in their stomach, doling out walkie talkies, and agreeing on a specific, recognizable meet up place.
Have a bag with water, water and more water, snacks that are not vulnerable to heat or melting (somebody is going to get hungry and you may save yourself from shelling out too much money ), hats to protect from sun in addition to sun block. You may even have small backpacks for each kid with their name on it, let them customize it so they are less likely to lose it, and have them carry their own items so that you don’t need to carry as much.
Last but not least: Embrace the experience. Know that you and the kids absolutely will get hot and tired, at least one or more of you’ll get cranky before the end, over-expensive junk food is totally going to happen, and each and every one of you will have so much fun! Your children won’t forget this day. Ride the rides, be safe, enjoy every minute of it – your kids will!