Themes parks are great for a family vacation. There is always something available for people of all ages. If you are planning on visiting a theme park this summer with your family, check out these tips to make your visit go more smoothly.
While impromptu visits can be fun, if you have small kids, it is a good idea to plan your trip ahead. You can easily check out the website for the theme park. This will provide you with information on pricing to operating hours, to any special events that are going on.
Also, many also provide a crowd count or give you the ability to see how busy the park is that day. That can come in handy if you are trying to decide whether or not to purchase fast passes. Secondly, if it gets hot like it does here, it will let you see just how many people are at the park during certain times, in case you want to plan your visit for later in the afternoon.
Plan Out Your Rides
During spring and summer breaks, theme parks can get super busy. If you know what attractions you want to see ahead of time, this will save you some frustration that way you won’t have to try and figure out what to do when you get there.
If you have kids that are multiple ages, planning your rides gives you a chance to see how your family can divide there time effectively.
Theme parks are pricey. There is no denying it. While the prices go up every year, many don’t appear to offer any new or updated attractions.
Figure out how much you want to spend ahead of time. Food can be expensive, so if you want to save money, you can pack a lunch in a cooler and leave it in your vehicle until you are ready. Many theme parks offer special cups, that allow you get free refills (or inexpensive ones) throughout the day. This is a good investment, especially if you have multiple children.
Lastly, decide what’s important for you to spend your money on. Does your family like to play games? Or you do you all like to collect souvenirs? The cost can add up after a while, so be sure to plan for those expenses accordingly.
Sure it may start out being a 90-degree sweltering day, but that doesn’t mean that a nice cooling rainstorm will come out of nowhere and ruin the day! If you’ve been to Florida during the summer then you know what I am talking about.
Are your kids still small enough to ride in a stroller? Bring it. The last thing you want is to get to the park and within a few hours, have whining kids who no longer want to walk. Likewise, be sure to check out ahead of time to see if stroller rentals are available. This is a great option if you don’t want to travel with a large bulky stroller.
Start from the back and work your way up
I know this sounds weird. But many times the front of the park is always the most congested, while the back is not. This is because most people work from front to back.
So do the opposite.
This gives you time to hit a lot of the attractions that may be popular near the back of the park that the crowds have yet to gravitate towards.
What’s your favorite theme park destination? How do you and your family prepare? Sound off in the comments below or on social @NatashaVBrown
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.