Tips to Make Your Amusement Park Trip Better!
So last year, Wet Ones and Six Flags invited us to visit Six Flags Great Escape. I admitted that I was a little nervous about getting through the trip with my easily-overwhelmed kiddos. But we did it, had a blast, and even shared some amusement park tips with you along the way. So when Wet Ones and Six Flags invited us again this year to share their “Wish I had a Wet Ones” promotion with all of you, I was thrilled to help. (It didn’t hurt that they also provided FOUR Six Flag Tickets to give away to one LUCKY B-Inspired Mama Reader – Scroll on down to enter!) We can’t wait to visit Six Flags again this year, and being “the preparer” that I am, I’ve asked my mama blogger friends for their best tips to make this year’s amusement park trip more successful. Let’s see what advice they have…
10 Great Amusement Park Trip Tips from Moms
- Check Height Requirements Ahead of Time
“Check height requirements on rides before going. The first time we went to Six Flags we were kept from riding several rides because my 3 preschoolers were short enough they required an adult to ride with them, and it was not practical to wait in line 3 times to ride those rides. We needed a third adult along and that was possible, but we didn’t know to arrange it ahead of time.” Ticia of Adventures in Mommydom
- Have a Separation Safety Plan
“As soon as we enter an amusement park we remind little ones that if we get separated they should stay where they are, rather than wander looking for us. Then if they see an employee they should tell them they need help.” Shannon of Milk and Cuddles
- Make Sure They Have Your Phone Number
“I write our phone number on their hands and tell my children if they get lost to find a mom or a grandma that might be able to help them. We also decided on a prominent family meeting place.” Jodi of Meaningful Mama
- Check on Special Needs Accommodations Ahead of Time
“If you have a child with special needs, call ahead to ask if the provide any accommodations, how to ask for those accommodations, and if you need to provide a doctors note.” Amanda of The Educators’ Spin On It
- Make Sure Kids Know What to Expect When it Comes to Spending
“Explain expectations before entering the park. There are so many things to spend money on in the park it was important for us to remind our kids that the experience of being there was also expensive. We could not just buy everything we wanted.” Jaimi of The Stay-At-Home-Mom Survival Guide
- Get There Early
“The park opens at 10:30, but the largest influx of people seems to happen around lunch time. If you want a chance to ride a lot of rides, without waiting for literally hours, go first thing in the morning.” Deborah of Mommy Crusader (Find more of Deborah’s amusement park tips here!)
- Have Kids Pick Their Top 3 Rides
“Let each person choose their top 3 rides or attractions before you go so you have a list of what will make everyone happy — then if you still have time, fill in with other rides.” Jacquie of Edventures with Kids
- Consider Gentler Rides First
“I think it’s best to try some simple rides first to ease your way into the day and try to plan a route around the park in advance to really get the most out of the day.” Niki of Play and Learn Everyday
- Check on Kids’ Basic Needs
“Another tip we’ve stumbled on is being sure to offer kids a drink of water anytime we ourselves are thirsty. Offering them a jacket when we get cold, or saying it’s bathroom time whenever we need to go, in addition to anytime they say they need to. The reason is that in a high stimulus environment like an amusement park, kids are often so preoccupied that they forget to mention or notice basic needs, until it’s too late and a melt down is already occurring! So if my husband and I are feeling like we need something – we make it a blanket policy to ask everyone if they feel that way too.” Shannon of Milk and Cuddles
- Adjust Your Expectations
“I found, in taking kids to amusement parks, I had to shift my thinking. I’m no longer ‘getting my money’s worth’ by getting there when the park opens and staying til it closes. Now ‘getting my money’s worth’ means spending an enjoyable day with my family, even if that means we leave the park early (before anyone melts down!)” Laura of Peace But Not Quiet
And Don’t Forget Your Wet Ones!
When we went on our amusement park trip last year, we took along our package of Wet Ones and were so glad we did. They were perfect for swiping tables before sitting at them, wiping sticky hands after yummy snacks, and cleaning up the kids’ messes and spills.
It’s not always easy or convenient to get to soap and water at an amusement park, and Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes are the 2-in-1 to cleanup messes and kill 99.99% of bacteria without soap and water! Plus, they are hypoallergenic and contain aloe and lanolin so they didn’t irritate my kids sensitive skin. Wet Ones come in a variety of convenient containers: a 40 count canister that fits perfectly in standard car cup holders (or stroller cup holders!), 15 and 20 count travel packs, and a 24 count box of individually wrapped single wipes that are perfect for tucking in your purse or backpack for your amusement park trip.
Wet Ones wants to help you have a Fun Amusement Park Trip!
Wet Ones has partnered again this year with Six Flags to help you and your kids have a great amusement park trip this year. With the purchase of any Wet Ones Product (excluding travel and trial sizes), you can get a FREE kid’s ticket with purchase of a full price general admission ticket weekdays (up to $51.99 value) or $10 off one (1) full price general admission ticket weekends! Here’s how to redeem the offer:
- Purchase a Wet Ones product (excluding travel and trial sizes).
- Snap a photo of the receipt.
- Text WETONES to 811811 for submission instructions.
(Alternate option: email image of receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload image of the receipt to sixflagswetones.com.)
- Once receipt upload is verified, consumers will be taken to the registration page on www.sixflagswetones.com to provide their information to receive their free ticket voucher via a personalized email (to avoid duplications).
- On the registration page, consumers will also have a chance to enter to win the ‘Wish I Were a Six Flags VIP’ trip, which will allow the winners to choose which park they would like visit.
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So tell me, how do you ensure a successful amusement park trip with your kids? Share in the comments below!