Theme parks are packed with thrill seekers of all ages and boy is it hard to get around without having to make sure everyone is together and safe. Accidents happen at theme parks, from skinned knees to serious ride malfunctions. But theme parks have a number of safety measures in place to ensure that your family's time there is fun and incident-free.
Tip #1: Follow Park Rules
Now this may seem like a no-brainer, but parents would be surprised to learn how often theme park accidents happen because a child or teenager didn’t follow park rules by climbing a fence, attempting to overload a ride with their friends, or ignoring warnings from park employees.
Posted signs and employees-stated rules are not there to put a damper on your fun – they are there to keep you safe! So read them up, follow them and then have a great time!
Tip #2: Conquering the Sun
Nothing will spoil a day at the theme park faster than an uncomfortable sun burn. Yikes! Before you get to the park, apply sun screen liberally and be sure to reapply often! Remember, perspiration will reduce sunscreen protection and be aware that little ones have particularly sensitive skin.
If you want to avoid the sun, be at the park as soon as it opens to avoid the heat of the day!
Tip #3: Hydrate and Refuel
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, but between buying souvenirs and enjoying the thrill rides, you must make time for food and water breaks. Dehydration can come pretty fast, so drink water throughout the day and recharge your body with healthy snacks.
Tip #4: Respect the Power of Water
Since we are on the water topic, if your family is visiting a water park there are additional safety precautions to keep in mind. The most crucial thing is to know your child’s swimming ability and be cautious about allowing them into attractions such as wave pools without a life vest if they aren’t strong swimmers.
Many parks lend free vests to visitors, and lifeguards can help you fit your child with the right one. Teach kids not to swallow chlorinated water, and stay within an arm’s length of children so you can respond if they get scared, disoriented, or overwhelmed on a water attraction.
Tip #5: Avoid Restricted Areas
Make sure your kids don’t wander into off-limit areas. There’s a reason why certain areas of the park are restricted to employees and going there is not only dangerous, it’s likely to get you tossed out from the park.
We definitely don’t want that!
Tip #6: Make a Plan
Before you head to the park, review the park’s layout online and make a plan about what rides and attractions you’ll visit. Doing so will not only make better use of your time at the park, but it will help you and your family stay safe by ensuring you know entry/exit locations, restrooms, food and drink stands, and information booths.
Tip #7: Keep a Well-stocked First Aid Kit with You
Yes, there are stations around the park that will have these, but there is nothing like having the supplies on hand if and when a boo-boo strikes!
Tip #8: Remember the Strength in Numbers
In a crowded amusement park, the more adults you have per kids, the better! If you have a big family with lots of children, you may want to make sure every adult is keeping a close eye on the kids and having them in charge of specific children within the group.
Tip #9: Make Sure Your Child Has Your Name and Number with Them at all Times
Make sure you discuss with your children on what they should do if they were to become lost. Make sure young children have your name and cell number written in their arm, in their pocket, or fastened to their clothing.
Now that you have a list of good amusement park safety tips, you’ll be able to have a blast and relax knowing your family is safe!