How to Survive a Theme Park with Your Children

One of my personal favorite things to do with my family as a child was to go to amusement parks. There is just so much to do and so much fun to have! Now today, this is still something I love to do with my family as an adult. Amusement Parks are such an amazing place to go, especially for a family because it is a good way for everyone to have a good time. However, although it may be a ton of fun things can also get to be a bit hectic because you have to keep track of every family member and amusement parks can be pretty busy and crazy. It can get to be a bit stressful for a parent! This is why I am going to be sharing with you some of my personal tips and tricks for surviving a theme park with your small children!
Coordinate Colors: I know it may sound cheesy, but I highly recommend wearing matching colors or similar colors as a family. This simply makes it easier to keep track of one another because you know just what to look for. If for whatever reason someone was to drift off and get separated from the group, it will make things easier to find that person. So although it may be silly, I would highly recommend matching colors.
Write Your Phone Number on Their Hands: As a parent we always hope that our children would not get lost, but you should prepare for this just in case. I highly recommend writing your cell phone number on your child’s hand. This way if they do get lost they would be able to get to a phone and call you or if someone was to find them, they could call you and meet up somewhere to get your child back.
Pack Accordingly: Let’s face the facts, kids have accidents sometimes. Whether that be a bathroom accident or spilling something on themselves, sometimes things happen. I really recommend bringing along an extra change of clothes for your kids. The last thing you would want to do is end up being stuck buying expensive clothes from the theme park. Just bring along an extra change of clothes to be prepared for any unexpected accidents.
Bring First Aid: Once again, things happen. Kids fall down and scrape their knee or hurt their hand. If it isn’t something serious that you would need to leave for or go to the park first aid department, you can handle things on your own. I recommend packing a small first aid kit with a few bandages and alcohol swabs to clean any scrapes or cuts that your little one may get while you are there.
Pack Snacks: Food at amusement parks can get to be extremely expensive, however you are able to bring in your own snacks at most places. I like to grab a few snacks that will be okay to just throw in my bag, such as crackers or small bags of chips. This way if your little ones get hungry, you have a small snack to hold them over until you have a meal.
As much fun as amusement parks can be, they can also get to be very stressful and hectic. Next time you plant to take your kiddos to a theme park, keep these tips and tricks in mind and make it easier on yourself!


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I love all of your tips – especially the snacks one. We ALWAYS bring a boatload of snacks for the kids.

  2. Snacks are a must- food is at a premium as are concession lines when at a theme park. None wants a melt down due to a hungry child!

  3. I don’t have kids, but I appreciate this article. Cranky kids are no bueno, so everyone at the part will benefit from this.

  4. Snacks are key. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. Hungry kids are cranky kids, and nobody wants that!

  5. These are great tips. One of the theme parks we visit doesn’t allow outside food or drinks, but otherwise we always pack snacks! Huge lifesaver for us!

  6. These are awesome tips! We have taken on theme parks with our kids since they were little. We always had snacks and water on hand.

  7. We just got back from a theme park a couple months ago these tips would’ve been wonderful at that time! I will keep this in mind for the next time.

  8. These are brilliant ideas! I love the idea of color coordinating. It really does help me keep track of my kids easier. And the number on their hand is brilliant! My kids often get stressed and then they can’t remember our number.

  9. We haven’t been to a theme park in a few years but last time we only had 4 kiddos, We’ve grown by 2 so I’m sure it would be fun. These are great tips!

  10. Yes to packing snacks! So important when it’s crowded not to have to wait for food!

  11. Packing snacks for the kids, as well as water, is a big one! We just cannot afford the pricey food and beverages the theme parks offer.

  12. Always have food for children. I alway pack food for my sister even if we are going to the store.

  13. mistywright271471215 says

    Is there a way to survive? lol. Thanks for the great tips! Good ideas!

  14. Great tips! I love going to the theme parks with my daughters. It’s always a ton of fun. Packing snacks is certainly a great idea. We usually do that as well.

  15. These are great ideas. It can be such a blast to take the kids to a theme park with the right preparation.

  16. These are great tips for going to a theme park with the kids. I like the tip to write your phone number on the kids.

  17. We are Disney passholders so I’ve seen families use walkie talkies, bring extra chargers so they always have cell phone power, I’ve seen bracelets with their numbers on them, everything! These are awesome ideas to add.

  18. Theme parks with little kids is so much fun but a lot of work. Love the idea of writing your phone number on their hands.

  19. The phone number on the hand is such a good idea. It can be so stressful to keep track of everyone when it is so busy!

  20. Great ideas. Theme parks with little kids are always hard. I always write my name and phone number up their arm in case they get lost.

  21. Those are great ideas! I am about to hit Six Flags with my kids, so I will use some of these!

  22. These are all GREAT tips! The phone number on the hand is a must. and YES to bringing snacks! We always pack snacks, and a cooler for lunch (that we go back out to the car to eat). The prices at theme parks are expensive enough.

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