July 30, 2017
Have Safe Summer Family Fun!
When the subject of a fun destination comes up, amusement parks rank high on a family’s “to-do” list. Whether it’s a huge theme park or smaller local attraction, amusement parks, rides, and animal “safaris” draw summer crowds. They are a great way for families to have fun together.
When traveling with children, a backpack of “just-in-case” items, including a first aid kit, is essential. Here are some suggestions:
- Gauze pads
- Multiple sizes of Band-Aids
- Insect repellant
- Wraps (with clips to keep the wrap secure)
- Antibiotic ointment
- Bottled water
- “Tick kit” containing tweezers, scotch tape, and alcohol wipes
Before Leaving Home
Have a talk about the family plan for the day, including what to do and where to go if a child finds him or herself separated from the family. Once inside a park, circle a safe family meeting place on the park map. For young children, wearing a bracelet or tag with your cell phone number might be a consideration.
A drive-through animal safari park can be an appealing family attraction. Read all the park instructions before entering any area with wildlife. Although the park cautions against opening windows to pet the animals, sometimes people break the rules and are harmed or bitten. One cute chimpanzee begging for food might seem friendly, but what happens when the entire chimp family descends on your car?
Splashing and swimming are great ways to stay cool. When near water, safe behaviour and safety precautions are paramount, even in a water park. Have your younger children wear life jackets, or floaties, particularly if you are watching more than one person. Obey all the park rules and follow lifeguard/staff instructions.