A vacation to Ocean City is guaranteed to be jam packed with fun! There is so much to do—the ocean, water activities, attractions and more! Amusement parks are just one of the many fun things you can do with your family while visiting. Beachside amusement parks are full of rides and activities, but you may be concerned with safety.
The amusement parks in Ocean City want to keep you and your children safe so that you can feel free to enjoy your time. However, there may be a few things to consider when planning a trip to an amusement park with the kids.
When spending the day at a park, here are a few precautions to keep in mind so that your children are being safe and having fun.
Stay with Your Kids or Let Them Go?
In our modern age, most parents are reluctant to let children out of their site even at a kid-friendly amusement park. However, some of the parks, such as the Jolly Roger Splash Mountain Water Park will allow parents to let their children enter the park alone. Some parents may choose to do this because everyone is charged for park entry even if you do not plan to go on the water rides (the amusement park section has no entry fee since everything is on a pay-by-the-ride basis). If you decide to do this, drop your kids at the front gate. Then instruct your kids to meet you at the exact same location at a specific time. Make sure they know how important it is to be timely. However, smaller children should always have a parent or guardian with them.
What to Do If Separated
Train your children to know what they should do if separated from you at an amusement park. Point out the uniform of someone who works at the park so they will be able to identify someone who can help rather than just go up to a stranger. With older kids, you can often simply make sure everyone has a park map and knows where and when to meet up if you get separated. Be sure to instruct your children not to go off with strangers.
Age Appropriate Rides
Make sure that you check out minimum height restrictions before going to an amusement park. Many parks have these restrictions listed on their websites. It would be a shame to find out the day you go that your child is too short to ride anything.
Even if your child is tall enough to ride a ride, does that mean they should? Sometimes we want to push our kids to try new things, but this may result in scaring them more than empowering them. It’s okay to encourage your children to be brave, but if they are insistent they don’t want to ride don’t force them.