When you have toddlers at home, any excuse to get out of the house or apartment is a welcome break from all of the energy your little ones have. Yet a trip to the amusement park may seem too daunting of a task. Thankfully, especially for parents with older children too, there are ways to manage the amusement park with toddlers in tow and keep your sanity. Here’s how.
Research the Park
First, look at the park online before you go. Make sure there are some rides or attractions that your little one can enjoy. If the park has costumed characters, make sure your little one’s favorite will be available on the day of your visit. If you can find an online map, plan out bathrooms near attractions so those diaper changes or potty trips are easier.
Consider Your Child’s Schedule
Next, time your visit around your child’s schedule. If your toddler takes a daily nap and isn’t one to nap in the stroller, go early and plan to leave in time for nap. If you can convince your toddler to nap in the stroller, plan a few quieter activities, like seeing a show or taking the train ride, around nap time. Or, if the park is open late, consider going after nap to enjoy evening festivities.
Don’t Push Too Hard
While it is tempting to go and go and go to get your money’s worth, no one is going to enjoy the trip if you end up with an over tired and cranky toddler. Don’t push too hard to see and do everything. Rather, choose the most important things and enjoy the family time. You can always come back again when your child is older and enjoy more of the park.
Use a Stroller
Even if your toddler is an independent one who likes to walk, bring a stroller. Your child can walk, but have a place to ride when he gets tired. A stroller also gives you a spot to stash some of your stuff.
Stay Fed and Hydrated
With small children, hydration and plenty of snacks are important. Make sure you pack plenty, or bring money to buy them. Preventing low blood sugar induced meltdowns or problems with dehydration will help everyone have a good time.
Yes, you can enjoy a theme park with a toddler. In fact, it can be a very enjoyable experience, but it does require some planning. Use these tips to ensure everyone, even your littlest thrill seeker, has a good time.