The Circus is Coming to Town! Tips on Having a Blast at the Amusement Park

Who doesn’t love the thrill of the carnival, the dazzle of the big top, the splash of the waterpark, or the roller coaster at the amusement park? Well, actually, these high-energy environments can be a little overwhelming for kids if it is their first time.

It can be a little tricky to ease them into this outlandish new world, so keep these tricks in mind when attending your little one’s first trip to Magic Mountain, Sea World, Barnum and Bailey’s, or Disneyland this summer.

  1. Have a talk about the rules beforehand. The day can and will easily go sideways if someone wanders off, if the kids start fighting, or some other unchecked behavior pops up. Discuss all this before you go; that way, it’s less likely to happen. Prepare your young ones for what they can expect.
  1. Gauge the age. Look up where you are going on the Internet and make sure there are age-appropriate rides and activities for your child. Sometimes most of the attractions have height limits and it’s no fun waiting around while everyone else gets to go on the ride.
  1. Follow all the safety guidelines – to the letter. People get hurt when they don’t read the instructions, try to hop off the ride too soon, or don’t buckle in properly.
  1. Respect resistance. If your child doesn’t like the idea of a particular ride or attraction, listen! No one has fun when they get talked into something.
  1. Take turns and mind your manners. That goes for anywhere, but at a crowded amusement park, it’s especially important that we treat other people with respect. It’s extra insurance everyone has fun and stays safe. Mind the elderly and the babies, whether they are with you or not.
  1. Drink the right stuff. Avoid sugary drinks for your kids, especially if it’s a hot day. They could melt down themselves and then, there goes the fun. Also, it might be tempting to drink alcohol, but there is a similar adult equivalent, and impairing your judgment in this environment is ill advised. Bring plenty of water and makes sure everyone stays hydrated. Pick one treat and time it toward the afternoon as a pick-me-up.
  1. Remember to chill out. The temptation is to run around and see everything, but it’s easy for at least one member of your party to wear out, so take breaks in the shade, snack, talk, and enjoy each other’s company.
  1. Minimize the stuff. Bring your essentials, but don’t wear your best jewelry or bring a fat wad of cash that could easily fall out of your pocket and ruin your day. The object isn’t to accumulate a bunch of trophies; the object is to be together and have a novel experience. Amusement parks are sometimes targets for pickpockets, so secure everything you have with you and keep an eye on it.

By doing a little prep and checking in regularly, everyone will have a day that they will never forget. Follow the rules and you and your family will have a glorious time. And that is what summer is all about.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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