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8 Tips for Dealing with Kids at an Amusement Park

June 28, 2016

We all are familiar with the stories that have been popping up in the news lately about kids falling into zoo exhibits or being drug off by gators and so on and so forth. The fact is, kids rely on us to protect them which means we have to be ahead of the game. Unfortunately, life is cruel and even the most prepared can get sideswiped with a tragic event. Either way, being prepared is the best way to do everything in your power to keep your little ones safe from as much as possible. There are some things that we can’t avoid but we should do what we can and what is within our power. Below are a few tips for dealing with your kids at an amusement park.

1.Pay attention to what your child is telling you. Is your child stating they’re scared, not feeling well, or that they’re very interested in something? Make note of this. If they’re not feeling well, take a break and make sure your kid feels ok. Your child, even if they aren’t very little anymore, are not the best at communicating aches and pains. While out in the sun running around, their little bodies can get exhausted and take a beating more so than an adult’s. If they’re really interested in something, make sure to keep an eye on them because kids are curious and without thinking, will get themselves into some trouble. If they’re interested in something you can do, take time to do it with them. This will keep them happy and in line. You get the point, work well with your child and listen to them, don’t just ignore or push off what they’re saying, it could truly mean something.

2.Bring more adults if need be. If you have multiple kids, be wise and don’t try to be Shera. Bring some more adults along who know your children and let them help you keep track of them. It’s ok to admit you need help because this could mean life or death for your child.

3.Designate a child or two to each adult. Clear communication with the adults with you is key to safety. Make it clear who is in charge of who. If you have three kids and two adults, make one person in charge of carrying stuff and the other in charge of the second kid. Half up the responsibilities but make it clear who is doing what. None of this, “I thought you were watching him!”

4.Use the buddy system. No one ever goes anywhere alone. The buddy system has been used for years and is a wonderful trick to keeping little ones safe. Leaving kids alone, especially in a busy area such as an amusement park is the most vulnerable state they can be in.

5.Put wristbands on their arms with contact info. Put your child’s first and last name on the wristband and then put your info and keep these bands updated and maybe even laminated so they can get wet. If they ever get separated from you, the information will be right on their person, just in case they don’t remember.

6.Teach your children your real names. Sometimes we forget things so maybe you weren’t nifty and brought along a fancy wristband with your information on it. Many children don’t know your real name, they just know mom and dad. Make sure they know your real full name as well as at least one phone number. Again, if they ever get separated from you, it will help them get returned to you much quicker.

7.Don’t be embarrassed to use something to connect you to your children. If you have a child that doesn’t listen well and is getting into trouble a lot, don’t be afraid to slap a leash on them or something similar if you’re not comfortable with it. Who cares what people think, you know your child and know they need it to stay safe.

8.Expect the unexpected. Be prepared for anything to happen. When out in a crazy atmosphere, a plan or routine can easily be blown away. Be prepared for your plans to change and be aware that anything can occur in such a large and uncontrolled environment.

8 Tips for Dealing with Kids at an Amusement Park

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    Nellie
    June 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Excellent tips!! The buddy system is excellent and the wristbands are a must! When I was at the conference in Disney my husband lost both boys (twice!) the went to the nearest Disney employee and showed them their wrist with our information. Smh!!

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    Louida
    June 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I love these tips! When we go to amusement parks, my girls are always by my side. We did are first all girls trip to a amusement park and everything went smoothly. We are going on another trip together in August, I’m nervous about that one because we’ll be on an island together for the first time alone.

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    Mimj
    June 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I tag teamed with my cousin at Fisney and that was the best thing ever. Having two sets of eyes and roles really made it enjoyable. Also we didn’t rush, we took frequent breaks and that made it easier on the kids

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    June 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Loving all of your tips. We frequent Disney and our local Six Flags and my boys know the drill. They stay together NO MATTER WHAT.

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    Chrishelle Ebner
    June 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Great tips for safety. I always worried about my kids when they were young. They out number us, 3 kids 2 parents, and it always made me nervous.

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    Jeanette
    June 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    We just came back from sea world in between the four adults and two children we are able to keep up with them. Was a lot of fun but I’m glad that there is another set of eyes watching my child.

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    lisa
    June 30, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    My kids love roller coasters and any ride that goes fast. But I always make sure they are with me at all times.

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    Pam
    June 30, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    We always tried to bring more than one adult when we took our kids to an amusement park. My daughter always wanted to run off.

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    Rena McDaniel
    June 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    These are really great ideas. Not only for taking kids to the amusement park but for really anywhere in general.

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    Terri Beavers
    June 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    In this day and time, I worry about someone snatching the kids up. There’s always something unexpected happening so your tips are a great reminder on how to deal with kids at an amusement park.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    June 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    My kids are still very young. We went to a kiddie amusement park last year and they loved it. They’ve been asking to go back so I think we’ll head back this year!

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    William Sweeney
    June 30, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I love these tips!! With three kids we always try to find another adult it goes so much smoother if we have things paired off one on one.

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    Nancy L.
    June 30, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Great tips, Kita. I couldn’t agree more with not feeling embarrassed to do what you need to do. I always shied away from the wrist to wrist cords they used to make for parents to attach to their kids. My son was a wild one and I’m surprised he never got lost. Now he’s 21yo, but looking back, I think I’d get one of those wrist cords today.

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    Sara
    July 1, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Great tips! You can never be too safe in a big amusement park! I also make sure all my kids know my cell phone number by heart.

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    Liz Mays
    July 1, 2016 at 12:57 am

    This is really good advice. We loved amusement park visits but they can definitely be a lot to handle if you don’t have a plan.

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    Danita
    July 1, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Great tips! Where were you when my kids were little? I sure could have used these before our first trip to Disney.

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    Sarah
    July 1, 2016 at 1:55 am

    What great tips! I do hope these tips will help many parents survive at amusement parks this Summer with kids!

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    Emily
    July 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    great tips. but for me i think i’ll let them have fun as much as they can but of course guide them well.

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    July 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Great tips! We don’t go to amusement parks often because we are such a large family and it’s pretty hard sometimes. When we do go we do most of these tips.

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    Garf
    July 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Great tips. Though I don’t have kids yet I have nieces and nephews.

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