From the Desk of Brian Schectman: Visiting Theme Parks with Young Children, Part 1

Theme parks are fun for kids of all ages. However, enjoying a relatively stress-free day at a theme park with a young child requires planning, a bit of strategy, and a lot of patience.

Pack supplies for the day, and then stow everything in a backpack. Pack everything you need, but pack lightly. Prepare for your day at the park the evening before, because waiting until the last minute almost always guarantees that something important is forgotten.

For young children, include diapers, wet wipes, and a change of clothes. If it looks like rain, take ponchos or lightweight rain jackets. Dress for comfort. Ensure everybody wears sturdy, comfortable shoes and no flip flops. Include a swimsuit and a towel if the park contains a water park. Remember your cell phone, and if your phone doesn’t include a camera, pack one.

A Christmas theme park in Miami, Santa’s Enchanted Forest routinely hosts nonprofit organizations, including local children’s organizations and well-known entities such as Ronald McDonald House and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The park is owned by Brian Schectman, who established it more than 29 years ago.

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