As the summer kicks into full gear, families all over the country will begin flocking to theme parks in droves. While these captivating environments are designed for families to have epic amounts of fun, there are also some safety hazards that you should be aware of as well. Below are some tips to help your family stay safe in a crowded theme park, so that you can have a fun and worry-free family adventure.
1. Keep a close eye on your kids.
As a parent, you know how easy it is for kids to find themselves in precarious situations in very short order. Make sure you know exactly where your children are at all times, checking your immediate field of vision on a regular basis to ensure they’re nearby. Don’t allow them to trail behind you, but instead keep them either beside or in front of you. In addition, keep an eye out for other people who may be watching them, such as an adult who might try to interact with your child.
2. Make your children aware of safe places and park personnel.
Before you begin exploring all of the rides and attractions, take some time to point out where the park info kiosks are, as well as what the park personnel look like. That way, if your child somehow gets separated from you, they’ll know where to go and who to talk to in order to get some help.
3. Designate a meeting place or “rally point” any time the family splits up.
Not everyone may want to ride the same rides at the same time, so Dad may take one child to the Tilt-a-Whirl while Mom may take the other two kids to the Lazy River ride. Before you split up, be sure to designate a meeting place where everyone will reconvene after the fun has been had.
4. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
A common technique used in military and law enforcement training is a practice known as “situational awareness,” where you remain very observant of your surroundings in order to minimize safety risks. Always be aware of where you are, as well as who is around you. This will help you avoid any “human collisions,” and will ensure that you’re not caught off guard by any situations that may develop in your immediate area.
5. Keep tabs on your belongings.
Pickpockets and thieves often target crowded areas, because it’s easier for their activities to go unnoticed. Be sure to keep a close eye on your belongings (e.g., purses, baby bags, cameras, etc.), and if you set any items down on a bench or table, be sure that they stay within your line of sight.
6. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
Many of the safety tips listed above require good, solid communication in order for them to work. Try not to assume anything, but make sure that important information is being clearly communicated to your children in a way that they can grasp it and lock it into their minds. By following the tips outlined above and keeping your communication tight, your family can have a safe and enjoyable time at your favorite theme park!
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