“If you are completely exhausted and do not know how you are going to keep giving this much of yourself day after day you are probably a good parent.”-Bunmi Laditan
We are all well-aware how important spending quality time with our family is. After all, quality time is paramount to fostering a stronger bond with our children and our spouses. Furthermore, it helps us cultivate a better relationship and connection with them. In this regard, we plan weekend getaways with the entire family where we either spend a holiday at the beach or go for something that requires less travel time such as visiting adventure or amusement parks. Unfortunately, while the idea itself sounds whimsical and exciting, having two or more children in tow with you in this
escapade is hardly likely a prospect you would find yourself looking forward to. Children, no matter how delightful and charming they are, are potentially the biggest and most significant source of stress you will inevitably have in this family jaunt should you elect to bring them with you.
No doubt, taking the kids to the adventure or amusement park can be challenging. It will test your perseverance, patience and in some cases your endurance. In fact, some parents might regard you with awe should you endeavor to this feat. Inevitably, you will find yourself at wit’s end trying to control little versions of you and getting them to behave. However, this does not have to be the case at all times. With a little planning on your part, you will find that bringing your kids along would not be as cumbersome as you initially thought it to be. However, do bear in mind that a great deal of patience is required of you—regardless of how well and seamless your plan sounds. In any case, if you are planning to bring your kids to Sandbox Pampanga or elsewhere, here are some of the tips to keep yourself sane:
1.) Buy your tickets online
Whenever possible, always choose to buy your tickets online. Waiting to buy them at the park itself would compel you to queue up and to see as kids have incredibly short attention spans, you would have to resort to creative ways to keep them occupied while you are buying tickets. Should they get bored, they would be more likely to get your nerves. If possible, select a date and buy your tickets online instead. Apart from saving you the hassle of lining up, you may even score great deals and bargains on ticket prices online.
2.) Print a schedule
If you are bringing your kids with you, never head on to a park without a planned schedule. Prepare an outline of activities you wish to do the week before your trip (or at least the night before). In this way, there would not be stretches of free time wherein you and your family will be figuring out what to do next. Furthermore, it gives the entire getaway a sense of cohesion and the transition from one activity to another will be seamless and organized. To know which activities you wish to participate in, check the website the night before your trip and take a gander at the offerings that might be to your fancy. Check out what time certain shows and attractions would be so that you can schedule your day around them. Apart from giving you and your family a sense of direction on the day itself, it also helps you avoid rushing around at the last minute and missing out on certain shows that you or your kids had wished to see.
3.) Print a map
Before you schedule your day, try to see if the park’s website offers a layout of the entire area. Print this out so that on the day itself, you and your family would know where to go. Moreover, having a map helps you identify must-see attractions and which activities you would most likely want to check out and participate in. Apart from that, having a map mitigates the chances of you getting lost. This means you would effectively cut the time walking around and figuring out where to go by leaving you with more time for activities and attractions. While it does not necessarily guarantee your trip would be a success, mapping out your day will reduce the likelihood of your kids throwing tantrums as it effectively cuts down waiting time.
4.) Dress accordingly
Bear in mind that you would be on your feet the entire day. That in conjunction with the fact that you will be watching your kids and probably running after them during the day would constrain you to wear clothes that are both practical and comfortable. This goes for the kids as well. Dress them in bright colors and if possible color-coordinate your entire family so that you can easily pick them out from the crowd.
5.) Stay vigilant
Keep your younger kids by your side at all times. Remember that parks tend to get crowded and your kids are likely to get jostled and mixed in the horde of other patrons. To keep them from getting lost, ensure that you are holding onto them. It would also be helpful to give them a rundown of what to do and where to go should they ever get lost.