If you have young kids, you’ve likely heard them beg to take them to an amusement park. If you’ve ever tried it, you know it can be an amazing day filled with wonder for your kids, and a huge headache-filled nightmare for you. However, this is in no way the law or set in stone. It’s entirely possible that you enjoy amusement parks and ride as far as you once did, along with your children. Here are a few tips:
If at all possible, wait to go to these parks until all your kids are out of stroller era. The hassle of carrying around a stroller is sure to dampen your experience, what with diaper changes, organizing the young ones’ napping schedules with everyone else’s wants and needs. Needless to say, there are also all of the age and height restrictions that come along with rides. Your children will have more fun being mobile, and you will too.
Make sure to have at least two adults. Even if you don’t have babies, it is frequently 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 interesting 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 eating and/or swimming. Just let your children know what to expect so you can avoid, as far as possible, the crushing disappointment of no more rides for the day coming as a surprise. Also you definitely want to have an”in case you get lost” plan and make sure every child knows what to do. There are numerous strategies such as having a picture of every child in what they’re wearing daily for identification, composing your cell phone number in their belly, 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 can save yourself from shelling out too much cash), hats to protect from sun in addition to sun block. You may even have little backpacks for each kid with their name on it, allow them to 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 children certainly will get tired and hot, at least one or more of you will get cranky before the conclusion, over-expensive junk food is totally going to happen, and each and every one of you’ll have so much fun! Your kids won’t forget this day.