Summer Vacation: Kid Safety Tips for Amusement Parks

Amy Boshnack
Toddlers & Preschoolers

Hershey park
My kids measuring themselves in anticipation
Big amusement parks terrify me. Keeping little ones safe (and next to you) can be a serious challenge. There are people everywhere and, let's be honest, the eye candy all around makes even the adults want to run off in 15 different directions! Getting distracted for just five seconds could end up sending you into panic mode — when you look down and no longer see your kid. All this and you haven't even had to worry about the scary rides yet!

My family went to Hershey Park last week and there were a few things I made sure to do before we went on the Superdooperlooper and immersed ourselves in Chocolate World.

Hershey is a really clean, friendly park that makes you feel like you can let your guard down a little bit. That doesn't mean you can take your eyes off of your kids, but it may help ease your stress when crowds get thick. Doing some of the things listed below absolutely helped to make me feel like I was more in control and allowed me to focus my nerves excitement on the steep hill my roller coaster was climbing — with my little big girl sitting next to me.

1. Take a Picture: Before we started off each day I took a picture of my kids with my cell phone so that I would have their images (and what they were wearing) on my phone.

2. ID Bracelets: When we walked through the gates of Hershey Park they had a safety station with those vinyl snap wristbands — the ones you need a scissor to cut off — for the kids. Next to the wristbands were markers for us to write down our name and cell phone number. Even though my daughter knows my number by heart, who knows what she would remember if she panicked. Next time I will buy and bring my own.

3. Similar Clothing: I didn't do this — but if you have a large brood, you can have your kids wear the same bright colored tops. This way they are easy to spot. It works for camps all around the country — why not for larger families!

4. Ask for Help: I asked my kids what they would do if they didn't see their father or I nearby. They both shrugged their shoulders. I then told them that they should either find someone who works at the park — or find another mommy with children. There are so many stands at parks these days... it felt like every ten feet there was another lemonade cart, or whac-a-mole game, or amusement park ride. All of these staff members have the means to call for security.

Do you have any great safety tips you can share?

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