It’s summertime, and many families are heading to amusement parks, county fairs and carnivals! If your family’s one of them, now’s a good time to brush up on ride safety–before you board that Ferris wheel with your little ones.
I do remember the challenges of taking small children to an amusement park. When my older children were around 8 and 4, we’d spend the day at a carnival or theme park dealing with whining children. The big one whined because his uncle wanted him to ride all the “scary” rides. He was physically big enough to do it, but he didn’t want to (and no, we didn’t make him.) The little one whined because she wanted to ride all the “scary” rides, but wasn’t big enough to ride them. It wasn’t pretty.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking kids on rides:
- DO observe the height, weight and age restrictions for rides. They’re there for a reason: to protect you and your child.
- DO make sure that you fasten the safety belts and latches on each rider.
- DO keep your hands, arms, legs and feet inside the ride while it’s in motion.
- DON’T force a child to go on a ride he’s afraid to ride. Let him approach rides at his own pace.
For more on ride safety, check out this Ride Safety page from the State of New Jersey. You don’t have to live in the Garden State to benefit from this information.
Have a safe and happy weekend! We’ll be back on Monday with more Baskets of Bargains–and look for a great giveaway midweek!