How Old Should Your Kid Be To Visit A Big Amusement Park?

Taking your kid to an amusement park sounds like a natural idea. It certainly can be fun for the whole family, but you don’t want to bring your kids to any amusement park too early. Regardless of the specific amusement park, if it’s one of the big ones, you’re going to want to exercise some caution.

Obviously, this caution is going to be dependent on how old the child is as well as the park itself. For instance, LEGOLAND amusement parks have something suitable for all ages whereas Kings Dominion might cater to a more mature crowd. And in answer to the question of how old should your kid be to visit a big amusement park, the answer is going to depend on a number of factors.

Taking Your Child To An Amusement Park

Once your child is a few months old, you can take them to an amusement park. However, this does not mean you can take them on any of the rides found at the park. Even if something like a carousel seems like a perfectly harmless ride for a small child, you still want to consider very carefully the age of the child. No child who is incapable of sitting up on their own should be on any amusement park ride.

Between the ages of seven and eight months, your child should be sitting up on their own. At this point, you can bring them with you on some of the simpler rides offered at most large amusement parks. This does not mean the child is old enough to be on the ride on their own. Regardless of how safe the ride may seem to you, the child should have someone with them at all times, while they’re enjoying the ride.

At this point, you’re probably wondering how old the child can be, before they are old enough to tackle some of the more basic rides on their own. Any decent amusement park will have height requirements posted with every ride. Generally speaking, your child is going to be over two years of age, by the time they’re old enough to go on some of the easier rides by themselves. For example, certain Disneyland rides require a child to be thirty-five inches tall and at least three years of age, before they can ride the ride on their own.

Obviously, there are faster, more intensive rides available at the park. You’re going to want to use your own discretion in this area. Follow the height/age requirements for a specific ride, and keep in mind whether or not your child is emotionally prepared for the ride.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Hey, great share…

    I completely agree with you that we should choose a park for our kids according to their age.It’s no fun arriving at a venue only to find that all the rides are for kids taller than yours.
    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing more….

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