How to Have a Safe Day at a Theme Park

Summer time is here and you might be visiting the theme parks for some fun. Sure you're excited and ready for all of the fun to come your way. What you probably don't realize is the precautions you should take to assure a safe and fun trip to the theme park. This article will show you how.


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    Do some research of the park you’ll be visiting. Find out what their hours are, what day the water park opens; many don’t open until the end of May. Starting early in the morning when they first open is a good idea because it isn’t as crowded and the lines are shorter. And buying tickets beforehand will save you time in line at the entrance gates.
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    Go fully prepared. Which means packing everything you might need including:
    • Cell phones, sunblock, towels, swimsuits, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, camera, hats.
    • Cooler of ice, food and water if you don’t plan on buying food inside the park. Check their website and find out what the park allows to be brought in. Some parks don’t allow food or coolers. Most water parks and many other amusement parks also prohibit glass containers of any kind.
    • A fully stocked first aid kit. You never know when you might need a band-aid or aspirin. Although there are first aid stations, they are few and far between. Even large parks only have one or two first aid stations, so getting a band-aid can mean hiking a mile.
    • All prescription medications that people in your group may need. This includes medications like EpiPens, inhalers, etc. And if you’re taking a large group of kids, get all of their contact information in case of an emergency. Also be informed of any preexisting medical conditions of anyone in your group. Conditions like asthma, diabetes, hypoglycemia and epilepsy can be scary if you don’t know what’s going on.
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    Be sure to dress appropriately. Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk all day in. Wearing loose clothing will help sweat evaporate and keep you cooler. Wearing a hat and a full coverage shirt will save you from being sun burned.
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    Have a plan. Tell the children to look for a park staff member if they get lost and make sure they have your cell number. Make sure to designate a meeting place and time to gather your group when the day is over.
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    Use the buddy system. Never let kids roam the park alone. Sending kids in groups of 2 or more with at least one mature teenager or adult is usually a safe bet. Make sure that each group has a cell phone or a two way radio to stay in contact. This wikiHow article provides useful information on what you should do in this scenario.
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    Stay hydrated. Walking around all day in the summer sun can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t drink enough fluids. You sweat out much more water than you might think; up to a liter per hour of sun exposure. So keep those water bottles in hand and drink up!
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    Be sure to get out of the sun and take frequent breaks. This is especially important during the hottest part of the day (2-5) in the afternoon. It’s during this time that the pavement in the parks has absorbed all of the heat and it will start to radiate everywhere. This means even the shady spots will have heat coming up from the ground, so get into an air conditioned place to cool off.


  • Just to get an idea of how much you should be drinking on an average day, try this : Take your weight in pounds and divide it in half, that’s how many ounces of fluid make up your baseline fluid daily requirement. So a 120 pound person needs 60 ounces of fluid per day. That’s 3.75 US pints (2,000 ml) of water OR 7.5 cups. And remember, that’s not taking into consideration the summer heat exposure, so you’ll need much more water than that.
  • As tempting as it may seem, don’t take your camera onto any rides or roller coasters. They often fly out of your hand and can seriously injure you or someone else.
  • Look out for the signs of heat stroke: nausea, dizziness, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, headache, confusion, rapid pulse, fainting, and muscle cramps. If this is the case, it is an emergency that needs medical attention immediately.
  • If you don't want to pay for food in the park, check their policy about leaving and coming back in. You could go back to your car and eat food you've packed in your car. Parking-lot picnics aren't that bad.
    • Chances are good you'll be able to do this at most Six Flags locations, but not all.

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