Summer Health and Safety: Top Tips for Amusement Park Trips
Summer vacation is here, and that means amusement parks are packed with families escaping their hectic schedules. Before you visit, there are some important steps you can take to make sure your trip to the park remains fun and safe. Read our top tips below:
Dress for the Day
Comfortable, lightweight clothing is essential, especially in the summer heat. Choose material that will dry easily, just in case of a wet seat on a water ride or quickly passing storm shower. But the most important wardrobe choice for the day will be your choice of shoes! Every member of the family needs not only comfortable footwear, but shoes that will stay securely on their feet.
Pack for the Day
Always check guidelines before arriving as often, amusement parks limit the size of bags and coolers you can bring in. Healthy snacks are great, but it is most important to always pack a water bottle for every member of the family.
Follow Park Requirements and Warnings
Park and attraction requirements are there for your safety. Never ignore an attractions’ age or height requirements, or health warnings. While it can be hard to disappoint a child who is too small or too young to ride a specific ride, circumventing the rules is dangerous and can lead to injury.
Have a Separation Plan
Teach children to stay in one place if they become separated from you or your family. It is also a great idea to introduce your child to a park attendant upon arrival and point out their uniform colors and name badge. That way, should they need assistance independent from you, they will know who at the park can help them.
Regular Check-Ins for Older Children
If you plan to allow older children to explore the park independently, be sure they have a buddy and arrange regular check-ins throughout the day.
Remember that sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going into the sun, and then re-applied every few hours. To avoid misery the day after your park visit, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the back of the neck, back of the legs and feet (if wearing well-fitted sandals).
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