Theme parks provide some of the most magical family vacations on earth. It allows both adults and children to tap into their imaginations and childish delights. Parents get time to reconnect with children and escape from their hectic everyday lives. But while taking a family vacation at a theme park can be wonderful and exciting, it can also prove to be stressful, especially with the kids on tow. Here are some useful tips that you should follow to survive a theme park vacation with your family.
First, you should stock up adequate amounts of drinks so that you don’t have to keep looking for a station to buy drinks each time one of the children gets thirsty. The same applies for the snacks. Bringing your own drinks and snacks will not only save time, but can also help you save a great deal of money as food and drinks tend to be exorbitantly priced in the parks. To enjoy an endless supply of cold water, freeze several water bottles in the fridge and pack them up before stepping out each day. Pack ample amount of chips, crackers, and fruit snacks in the backpack. Take advantage of food delivery services offered by resorts and hotels to get food, water, and other items right in your hotel room. Don’t forget to bring with you a quality sunblock, as well as band-aids, Tylenol, extra clothes and other vacation essentials.
Theme parks are always crowded, especially in the summer months and school holidays. This means you have to put up with long lines at the entry gate and ticketing booths – which can drive you crazy every time your kids scream “are we there yet?” To survive the long lines and turn your family vacation into a fun, sane experience, you should bring games and entertainment along with you. Electronic games, MP4 players, apps, and family-friendly games can act as great distractions and provide exciting activities to keep everyone happy. A deck of trivial cards and simple fallback road-trip games can provide your kids with hours of entertainment and concentration as they wait for more fun in the park.
Theme parks are typically huge. Many of them consist of thousands of acres, and there is no way you’re going to see every attraction in the park. Don’t rush yourself to see and experience everything. This will leave you and the kids drained, making the vacation less enjoyable. The best way to go about it is to decide the must visit rides and attractions, and plan some breaks. Taking breaks so you can have some lone time away from kids is very important. Breaking it up allows parents to relax and regroup. Think of it like taking a rest from the pool so you can recharge and rejuvenate before returning to take a plunge. Trying to everything in a few days will see everyone become tired and drained. This may result in frustrations that can turn the entire trip into a miserable experience. Be flexible, and don’t hesitate to forgo some of the attractions if need be.
When well planned, a theme park vacation can be a wonderful experience. There are tons of things to see as well as activities to partake and enjoy for both adults and kids. But as you anticipate a wonderful time, it’s important that you be prepared for set backs. Don’t forget to take advantage of available discount offers on flight tickets, accommodation, and park tickets.