Amusement Parks or Theme Parks are any kid’s dream land! It can also be a nightmare for parents with so many things to worry about. With little children or bigger children, safety is always a priority. Luckily, we have a list of Safety Tips to help! While this list is in no particular order, they are intended to help.
- Knowing Full Names
I know this may sound silly but it is important tip especially for smaller children. Your child should know their full name ( first and last) as well as yours. I am not talking about ” Mommy (Last Name)”. That will not cut it. If they have by any chance wondered away and found help. It would be a great benefit if they knew their full name as well as their parents. This way staff will be able to reach you or call you over the speaker systems faster.
2. Meeting Place
It is a good idea to have a designated meeting place in case you somehow split up. We like to use a very tall ride that can be seen throughout the park as a meeting point. That way, it is easier to find throughout the park.
3. Hand Them a Map
This tip better benefits older children. We usually take enough maps for everyone. That way, the kids have an idea of the layout of the park. If they can read maps they can easily find the meeting place. If not, they will be able to find out where to get help.
4. Identify Staff
This is another tip for younger children. While you are walking through the park. Identify the staff members’ uniforms to your child. You can also show them where staff might be sitting next to the rides. Let them know that if they need help these are the people that will be able to help them.
5. Ride Rules
You should go over the rules for riding in some of the rides with your children. General rules are keeping your hand and feet in at all times. Do not get off the ride until it comes into a complete stop. Staying seated throughout the ride is another. Also, let them know that some rides do have a height requirement. That way they will not get overly upset when they can’t go on that ” awesome ride”.
6. Contact Information
If your children are older they should know at least your cell phone number. That way if they are lost, they can call you or ask staff to call you. If you have younger children this can be a bit tricky. One idea is to write your name and number onto their hand or arm. You can then use clear nail polish over it to keep it on longer. If your kids are like mine they would probably still peel it off and the ink would come off too. What we like to do is to put a business a card in their pocket. On there we have our name and number just in case. Let them know it is in there and what it is for. They will remember if they ever need it. Just like they still have that rock from the last time they visited the beach six months ago. They know exactly where it is.
#7. Have FUN!
It is very easy to get caught up in planning and worrying about a trip. Remember to enjoy yourself! This is a trip for everyone. So even parents get to go on rides too! Take precautions and have discussions to minimize your worries about your trip. Don’t forget to enjoy your time together!