Domestic Travel

Fri, 12 Apr, 2019Courtney Allan

Travelling with grandkids? 4 tips to remember when going to the Gold Coast

Travelling with grandkids? 4 tips to remember when going to the Gold Coast

Spending time with the grandchildren can be lovely, but sometimes it involves taking them outside to theme parks. If you’re a thrill seeker, this is definitely your cup of tea, but for those of you who enjoy the comfort of your own home then maybe not so much.

It can be tricky wrangling everyone together at the park, especially when one of your grandchildren wants to go on a scary ride that the others won’t even look at. But here are a few tips to make navigating the parks a bit easier.

1. Plan ahead

Before you get to the park, do your research online and check out the maps, rides and show times online. This way, everyone can get an idea of what they want to do and where they want to go. Don’t forget to factor in line times whilst planning to attend the shows.

2. Let each member attending have a “must do” activity

By letting each member choose what they must do at the park, it makes it easier to please everyone. After all, they might both end up choosing to go on the Superman roller coaster and both parties end up happy. Two birds, one ride. Depending on the amount of members in your party, this might be difficult to do.

3. Develop a buddy system

This is great for the older kids and the adults who enjoy thrill seeking as they can run havoc throughout the park on all the older rides. If that isn’t your speed and you much prefer looking after the little ones as they ride around on the tamer rides or want a photo with Tweety Bird, you can offer to take them.

4. Be sun-safe and wear the right clothing

There’s nothing worse than upset children who can’t go on the ride they’ve been dreaming about. When heading off to the theme parks, make sure that everyone is wearing enclosed shoes. This is just in case they want to head on any roller coasters as they do not allow shoes to fly off.

Being sun-safe is important as well, as you’re likely to fry in the Queensland sun without sunscreen. Depending on what you’re doing and how long you’re standing in line for, reapply as needed.

Do you have any tips to manage theme parks? Let us know in the comments.