Whether you’re making a vacation out of it or taking a day trip, amusement parks make a great form of entertainment for your whole family. But just because they offer a wide array of fun does not mean that you and your family can run amuck without any consequences. Amusement parks still pose dangers, and it’s important that your family implements the following tips in order to keep yourself safe.
1. Stay hydrated.
When you’re at the amusement park, make sure that you are consuming a great deal of water, especially on hot days. When the sun is beating down on you and you are sweating from all the rides and games, you need to drink water in order to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated. Pop, juice and alcoholic beverages do not take the place of water, so don’t think that consuming one of those will do the job. When you’re hydrated, you’ll be able to stay energized for the duration of your visit.
2. Wear sunscreen.
When it’s sunny, you need to be wearing sunscreen. Though you may not notice it while you’re at the park, the sun will easily burn you when you’re out in it all day without protection. You could end up with severe burns that can make it hard to do anything but sit in a vat of aloe.
If the amusement park has water rides, make sure that you are wearing a waterproof sunscreen, and make sure that you reapply it according to the package’s directions.
3. Pay attention to your surroundings.
Amusement parks are packed full of people, and it’s important that you pay attention to where you’re going and who is around you. When you don’t pay attention, you could end up crashing into someone causing serious harm. Make sure that you especially keep your eye on strollers and wheelchairs, and if you’re pushing a stroller or wheelchair, look out for other people’s toes.
It’s also important that when you need to stop, you physically move yourself and your family over to the side. Do not abruptly stop in the middle of walking down a busy sidewalk, as this will force people to run into you.
4. Don’t go where you don’t belong.
If there is a sign anywhere in the park that says “employees only” or “restricted”, don’t go through the door or gate. You will never know for sure what is behind the door, and if you travel behind the door you could end up causing severe harm to yourself.
5. Don’t go on rides you shouldn’t go on.
The rules on rides are there for your safety, not to force you to have a bad time. If you need to be a certain height to ride a ride, don’t wear platforms just to be that tall. If a ride says that people with heart conditions shouldn’t ride the ride, don’t ride it if you have a heart condition. The amusement park is looking out for the overall safety of their guests, so make sure that you stick to the rules.
6. Pay attention to your children.
If you are at the amusement park with children, you need to keep an eye on them at all times. Make sure that you never let them wander off alone. Either use a stroller to keep younger children contained or make sure that your child is always holding your hand.
Make sure that your child knows to locate a park employee if they were to get lost. The park employee can contact security who can help the lost child find their parents. Make sure that your child knows their name to make the search for the parents much easier.
So if you’re planning on taking a trip to an amusement park in the near future, make sure that use these tips in order to keep you and your family safe. You want to have fun on vacation, and staying safe ensures that you’ll have fun.
Caroline Jones is a travel agent and mother of four. She loves writing about travel safety and family trips. Caroline recently wrote about the family vacation that she took to a Bahamas family resort.