You’ve waited, planned and secured the best prices on the tickets for your favorite theme park. Now the big day has arrived and you’re taking your family for fun filled day of rides and thrills. You don’t want anything to ruin this day for your family, so here is a survival guide for families, so you can make the most of your big day from the moment the theme park opens until it closes.
Arrive at the theme park early with a plan of attack. The first two hours the theme park is open is the least crowded time, so if there are certain rides or theme park attractions that are a ‘must’, do them first. Divide and conquer if needed so each family member can enjoy at least one of their ‘must do’ items at the theme park and no one will be disappointed at the end of the day.
Wear clothing with pockets and take along only the bare essentials with you into the theme park. Back packs and pocket books are handy for stashing stuff, but they will become heavy to carry around, awkward or impossible to stash on certain theme park rides and either one can become an easy target for pick pockets. Cargo type pants with deep pockets that button and buttoned shirt pockets can hold everything you need for the day.
Make sure each family member wears comfortable walking shoes and bring along some band-aids for foot blister first aid. Over the course of a day in a theme park, you can walk several miles, which will take it’s toll on your feet and your little ones feet. Check small children’s feet throughout the day for any signs of irritation or blisters. If a wading pool or water park is part of the theme park you are visiting, take a few breaks there throughout the day so shoes can removed and feet refreshed with cool water.
Take breaks in the above mentioned ways or return to your hotel for an afternoon nap as part of your family survival guide. Everyone wants to pack all they can into the big day, but if your kids get tired and cranky, no one is going to have fun.
Wear sun glasses and hat when possible to prevent over exposure to the sun and apply sunscreen often. Those deep pockets in cargo pants can hold all the essentials to protect your family from sunburn during a day of family fun at a theme park.
Decide on your souvenir spending money before you go to the theme park. Set a certain amount of money per child and/or adult that can be spent on souvenirs, include expensive theme park snack food items in this amount too. Let your kids know how much they each can spend, and when their money is gone, it’s gone. This will keep your budget on track and help teach your kids wise spending choices.