We know that parks offer plenty for adults to enjoy, too, and we even know that theme parks can sometimes frustrate small children. Most attractions involve sitting quietly and looking at something — which isn't exactly the top thing that little kids want to do on vacation. Then there's the waiting. Let's face it — a visit to a popular theme park requires a fair amount of patience, which is something else that excited children don't always have to spare.
So how can parents help make a theme park visit with young children a get-away that the kids will love as much as their parents do? It's easy. When the little ones' patience runs low, smart parents head for the attractions where their young children can burn off that excess energy... and run around until they drop.
In my Orange County Register column this week, I list 10 such attractions in Southern California — my old go-to places where I took my children back in the days when they needed a mid-day nap. Even for kids beyond napping age, these attractions provide much-welcomed active alternatives to rides and shows where you just sit and watch.
What are your favorite theme park attractions — not just in Southern California but around the world — that allow more active playtime?Tweet
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