With summer coming to a rapid conclusion, many parents are venturing to amusement parks with their children to embark on a fun-filled family experience. Whether parents choose in-state parks like Cedar Point, or choose to head south to Disney, the safety concerns remain the same. As one mother explained: “I’m the only one not having fun [at the park] because I’m suffering with fear about losing one of my kids.” Other parental concerns include whether a particular ride is safe for child use. The following are helpful safety tips to ensure that your child remains safe at the park:
- Dress children in brightly colored, distinctive outfits that are easy to describe.
- Bring a current photo of your child to the park.
- Create a plan with your child prior to entering the park, such as: “If you get lost, meet at the Ferris wheel.”
- Watch a particular ride with your child from start to finish before allowing your child to board the ride.
- Follow all height and weight restrictions.
- Reinforce the need to stay seated and keep hands and feet inside the ride.
Amusement parks can be a great source of entertainment for parents and children alike. However, the hustle-and-bustle of amusement parks presents the risk of becoming separated from your child. Many rides can also present safety hazards to the unsuspecting child. By exercising the above tips, parents can ensure that their child remains safe at the park this summer.