Now that warm weather is finally here, along with hideous humidity, we spend a LOT of our time at Sesame Place, which is an wet/dry amusement park. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area and have kids 10 and under you really should visit. It’s awesome!! No matter where you are – heading to a water park can be daunting, especially with small children. Here are a few tips to help ease the packing!!
What to bring to a Water Park:
* Sunscreen – and make sure you apply it, even if it’s cloudy. We use a spray that is easy on the girls skin, and covers really well.
* Swimsuits – don’t laugh….such a necessity can be easy to over look while you are getting everything else ready!
* Towels – at least 1 per child. Beach towels are best, since they are larger than bath towels and dry much quicker.
* Cover ups – between the sun and the amount of people at the water park the kids know they have to wear a coverup when they are not in the water. Not only does it add some protection from the sun, but we consider it a modesty issue.
* Extra swim diapers and wipes – if your child is in them, bring extra. If you don’t need it, chances are the frantic mom next to you whose child just pooped in theirs will!
* Ziploc Bags – or a wet bag. Perfect for storing wet swim suits so you don’t get that chlorine smell all over the rest of your bags. After you are back in dry clothing, throw the wet bags under the stroller so you don’t soak everything!
* Dry clothing and shoes. Kind of self explanatory 🙂
* Keep Me Dry Pads – if you are using a stroller, the last thing you want is your child soaking through the seat, especially if he’ll be sitting in it later in dry clothing. I’ve found that these baby pads are the perfect size to line your stroller seat with. The pads are designed to hold water, so the top of the pad gets wet, but the seat stays dry!
* Band Aids – every time we go, we need a band aid! It could be that my kids are klutzy, but I’ve learned always have a stash just in case.
* Wipes – I’m not a germ-o-phobe, but I do wipe the kids hands before they have any snacks or drinks.
* Water bottle – most parks will allow you to bring in a refillable water bottle, especially if it’s your child’s. Staying hydrated is key!
* Snacks – after playing in the water my kids are ravenous! Although we do purchase a treat at Sesame Place, I make sure to pack a few snacks so that we aren’t paying a fortune in food.
What NOT to bring to a water park:
DON’T BRING anything that you don’t want to lose, because odds are you will.
DON’T BRING blankets or snugglies because they will get wet.
DON’T BRING water toys or inflatables unless you check first to see if they are allowed.
DON’T BRING water guns, water shooters, etc. They won’t be allowed into the park
Also…..Please, please be careful what pictures you post online! Remember that while your family will just adore that cute swimsuit picture, you can’t control who else can see that picture. It’s an ugly reality – but one that we live with. Use caution!
Now I’m off to pack up for our next trip – I hope these tips help you pack easily for your next water park adventure!