What grandparent doesn’t love taking the grandkids to an amusement park? It’s fun for the whole family, and it often frees up your adult children to have their own, less kid-friendly vacations, since you’re minding their kids. Besides, whether you’re 7 or 70, it’s fun to go to an amusement park! Here are some of our top survival tips for taking your grandkids to the amusement park.
Amusement Park Survival Guide
Make sure you bring bottled water for the family, as marching around the park under the hot sun can be very taxing. Make sure everyone drinks plenty of water! If you run out of bottled water, don’t hesitate to refill at a water fountain or designated bottle refilling station. In a pinch, ask one of the restaurants for a free water cup.
With all that water in their system, the little ones might have to hit the restroom often. However, some kids, especially younger ones, get so excited that they forget to even hit the restroom between rides. Make sure you encourage regular bathroom trips so no one has an accident on a particularly scary attraction!
If you hit the park early in the morning, consider breaking for the hotel room around three or four in the afternoon. It might sound like a waste to leave the park so early, but trust us on this one. You and the grandkids will both appreciate a bit of time to relax, maybe take a nap and a shower, and generally re-energize for the evening. Once you’ve all rested and gotten a bite to eat, head back and enjoy more attractions!
Saving on Food
Speaking of food, try not to spend your life savings on lunch. When it comes to amusement parks, it’s easy to blow through a ton of cash on food and souvenirs. Before you get to the park, make sure every gets a huge breakfast. Then, when you take your afternoon break, get another huge meal to recuperate. Then, after your evening park-going, head out for dinner.
Avoiding getting food in the park could save you (literally) hundreds of dollars over the weekend. Just make sure everyone gets enough to eat before you head to the park, since it can be a long walk from the front gate to the attractions.