6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe at the Amusement Park

Summer is in full swing, and for us that means it’s time for amusement park rides, great food, a fun atmosphere, and making memories with our family and friends. But don’t let those memories turn into fears – talk to your kids about amusement park safety and what you all can do to stay safe during your visit.


6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe at the Amusement Park this Summer

Make a plan

You don’t intend to get separated, but it happens. Where will your child go? Who will they call? How will they find you? Make a plan ahead of time and discuss it with your children. But don’t just stop there! Actually practice getting separated (at home, of course) and determine if your plan needs more work.

Divide into pairs

If there are more than three people going, divide up and start a buddy system. Ask the oldest child to pair with a younger sibling while you take the youngest of your kids. Have your spouse or a friend pair off with your other children. This will make sure everyone is held accountable for themselves and each other and decreases the chances of being lost.

Spot the “helpers” and “strangers”

Helpers are police men, clergy, and other members of your community that you deem safe. Strangers are people that you don’t trust or don’t know. Finding helpers isn’t always easy when visiting an amusement park. Once you enter the amusement park teach children how to spot the helpers and strangers that will help or hinder your child find you should they become lost. You should always point out amusement park employees and security guards to children upon arrival. Then instruct them to notify any amusement park employee wearing a name tag in the event they become separated from the group.

Teach them walking safety

Distracted walking is quickly rising as a cause of death among adolescents, and the number one distraction is cell phones. Teach your kids to be aware of their surroundings and to pay attention to hazards when they walk. They need to keep their eyes peeled when in crowds.

Stay hydrated and snack often

Fainting from the heat, getting dizzy from lack of food and other such issues can be dangerous, but they can also be avoided. Have your kids carry food and water with them, if they are older, and if they are younger tell them they need to eat and drink small amounts throughout the day.

Medical emergencies

Does your child know what to do if they experience a medical emergency? Tell them that they should alert you or an adult that’s nearby that they trust. Move away from the crowd, and sit down if they feel faint. A few simple precautions can save them from a horrible injury. Teach them about calling 911 and what to do once a helper arrives.

How do you keep your kids safe at the amusement park?

About Catherine

Catherine is a self-proclaimed "organization junkie" living in Los Angeles. She blogs about family, entertainment, food and anything else that pops into her mind.


  1. Sometimes there is a balance between who is a stranger and who is a tricky person. A stranger may still be helpful in this situation. Your children should know that a person who is trying to make them break homes rules shouldn’t be trusted. Another family at the park is still a group of strangers, but they may help your child find a security guard or employee. It’s good to teach our children about how to determine trust.

  2. Nicole Dziedzic says

    Love these tips, great that you pointed them out too, simple reminders we need to be safe wherever we are, especially when go out as a family to a big amusement park.

  3. Great tips! I would also suggest having them wear similar colors or the same bright colored shirt so they are easy to spot.

  4. Tammy Woodall says

    These are all great tips, especially staying in pairs. Another of your tips that is especially important is to stay hydrated. Sometimes the kids get so excited about what’s going on or the ride their waiting in line to get on that they forget this important fact.

  5. Tamra Phelps says

    These are important to know! I just wish it were easier to pick out the people kids can trust!

  6. Lisa Brown says

    great tips and points. so easy to become dehydrated.

  7. mrsshukra says

    Great tips, thanks, I didn’t know about these apps!

  8. Maryann D. says

    Super advice for all of us. I am sure some parents would not even think of these tips especially Teach them walking safety. It is easy to get into an accident from not paying attention.

  9. Natalie Brown says

    These are great tips! I especially like the spotting helpers and strangers idea. Amusement park employees are usually in abundance and all of us, children and adults, should go to them for any type of questions, concerns, or help. Thank-you for the thorough post!

  10. Dianna Thomas says

    Its good to refresh the safety rules at any time and surrounds — things can happen in a moment, and it causes such a panic when little ones get away from you in just that moment. I know we had it happen one time in Kmart — shopping, and one time at Silverwood amusement park–I thought we were more careful. It just so happen that it is our more adventurous Willow– Thank goodness shes older now– and hasn’t done of the wondering off in a few years

  11. Karen Glatt says

    These are very good tips on keeping kids safe at an amusement park. They need to stay with their parents or gaurdians all the time. Drink plenty of water and try to stay in the shade because heat stroke is real.

  12. Jayne T. says

    Having a plan for separation is the most important thing. We’ve had to use that plan more than once.

  13. These are good ideas to remember.

  14. Love the tips. We have a special family whistle too. When my kids hear it, they know we are looking for them.

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