Kids and amusement parks: What all parents need to keep in mind

Kids and amusement parks: What all parents need to keep in mind

The idea of kids and amusement parks just seem to go hand-in-hand, like they were made for each other. And while it might seem too cute for words to see the excitement on your kid’s face at the carousel, it does take a lot of careful planning. Here’s what to keep in mind when planning a fun day out at the local amusement park.


Essentials for kids and amusement parks

Get clear on the age and height restrictions

There’s nothing worse than investing time and money into planning a trip to Gold Reef City with your tot just to get there and find out they need to be 10cm taller to ride the teacups. Kids and amusement parks can work, but only if you do your homework ahead of time. Most major parks have age and height restrictions on their websites, so check them out before hitting the road.


Go for the parks that are aimed for smaller kids

Most amusement parks are geared towards smaller kids or have special sections for the smallest of humans, so go there instead. These parks (or areas of parks) are much easier to navigate and handle with tots in tow. They also have age-appropriate rides, shows, and entertainment. Oh, and they don’t have the huge crowds that’ll creep your kid out.


Visit the park during off-peak times

Entertainment parks are usually much less crowded during the off-season and during the week versus the weekends and peak season. If this means taking a day off from work, it’s really worth it when you consider the time you’ll save standing in line with a restless toddler.


Gear up your stroller

This tip isn’t only for toddlers; it’s also aimed towards mom and dad. Your kid’s stroller can be a total lifesaver. It’s the go-to thing for when nap time inevitably arrives. Plus it’s a safe haven for your purse, diaper bag, and other essentials you’ll need for the day out. Most amusement parks do allow strollers and have more than enough parking areas for the prams, but it’s always a good idea to check out their website before you pitch up.


Don’t forget the snacks and the essentials

Okay so while there are a bunch of venues that do not allow you to take your own snacks onto their premises, you can always strike up an arrangement as far as toddler-approved snacks are concerned. Obviously you’ll need to pack essentials like diapers and wipes, but you’ll also need a change of clothes for you and the kids. Sunblock needs to be in there too, and so do hats, refillable water bottles, and toddler snacks.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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