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1. Get there early

Theme parks can get very crowded very quickly. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before the gates open to help cut down time at the gates and leave more time for activities.

Don't forget to bring something to entertain the kids while you wait. Think of a game you can play in line.

2. Dress accordingly

Whether it’s a scorching summer day or a crisp winter chill, dressing the part can go a long way.

First and foremost, comfort is essential as trips take entire days rather than just a few hours.

Be sure everyone is equipped with proper walking shoes, sun protection and enough layers that can be subtracted as needed.

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3. Combating boredom

Unfortunately lines are inevitable and unavoidable. And as mums and dads know, kiddies tend to get restless while waiting for extended periods of time, especially when they’re bursting with energy and anticipation.

Bringing toys along to keep the little ones entertained will make waiting in line easier for everyone.

4. Change of clothes

Wave pools, water slides and splash-tastic thrills are all a part of the fun.

However, spending the day in damp clothes creates discomfort for parents and kids alike, so be sure to bring a spare change.

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5. Hotel package deals

If your family is planning an extended theme park getaway, checking out hotel package deals tends to garner some rewards.

Multiple-day passes, special events, parking and dining discounts are just a few of the perks.

6. Book ahead

Most parks have ‘fast passes’ or an equivalent system, so if there are select rides or attractions your family doesn’t want to miss, book in advance and skip the wait.

It saves time, the hassle and means one less thing to worry about on the day of your visit.

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7. Plan ahead

To ensure smiles all around, check out a map of the park prior and have each family member select a couple must-sees for the trip.

8. Pack extra essentials

Inclement weather, accidents and mishaps are unpredictable so packing a few extra essentials doesn’t hurt.

Umbrellas, bandaids, travel ponchos/towels, spare batteries and chargers to capture lasting memories will definitely come in handy.

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9. Emergency awareness

Anything can happen in the blink of an eye, despite avid supervision.

Selecting a meeting spot, writing down mobile numbers and chatting with the little ones about what to do and where to go if lost are great safety precautions.

10. Keeping tummies happy

Food stalls and courts tend to be hectic and time consuming, so packing snacks, juices and picnic lunches to keep bellies satisfied will be beneficial.

However, keep an eye out for park rules, as they tend to vary when it comes to BYO food.

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