Dear Diary, Many moons ago, my family visited Kennywood, a Pittsburgh-based amusement park. Mother Nature rained on our parade. but my grandfather didn’t let the wet weather put a damper on our fun. He rode the merry-go-round over and over again with my sister and I and not once complained of boredom or dizziness. Years later, my father wanted to continue that tradition with my daughter. She visited the family-friendly attraction for the very first time last week. She saw a commercial on television and begged me to take her. Little did she know, Kennywood and Sandcastle topped our staycation itinerary. Before you embark on a similar adventure, here are tips for taking a toddler to an amusement park. Start a Tradition If you’re from Pittsburgh, then you’ve met Cowboy Joe before. He’s resided on this park bench for 55 years and welcomed guests to Kennywood. Almost everyone I know has taken a picture with this statue. My grandparents, parents and now my daughter have sat on Joe’s lap. I’m not exactly sure what snappin’ yarns means, but I do know I want to continue this tradition and snap shots together as Caitlynn grows up. Another tradition is carnival food! Caitlynn ate a corn dog, famous cheese fries, cotton candy and a chocolate dipped ice cream cone. Measure Up Before standing in a long line for a roller coaster or ride, be sure your toddler meets the height requirement. This saves time and prevents tears. Kennywood features Kiddieland, a special section just for your little whippersnappers–that’s the name of Caitlynn’s favorite ride. Watch me whip, whip! Play a Game Back in high school, the boys would impress the girls by spending their entire allowance playing games, in hopes of winning a super sized stuffed animal. They carried the prize around with great pride, and if they liked you a lot, they gifted the stuffed animal to you. Everyone likes to win, but some games don’t work in a toddlers favor. Chances are they’ll lose your money and lose the game. So, find a game that guarantees your little one will win something. Caitlynn fished ducks out of the pond and won a tiny toy. Take a Camera There are endless Kodak moments at amusement parks. I enjoyed capturing Caitlynn’s excitement on camera. No matter how many times the ride went around in a circle, she smiled and waved at us. Typically, everyone looks forward to riding the roller coaster and other thrill rides. But since this was Caitlynn’s first visit to Kennywood, my family lined up to take her throughout Kiddieland, a section of the park geared to toddlers. There are more than a dozen rides for children under 46,” a sand box with a dinosaur dig and games just for kids. Depending on the day, you can experience live performances, costume characters, magicians and parades. We stayed until closing time and checked out a laser show. Hey DFTM Fam–Have you taken your little one to an amusement park yet? If so, where did you go, and what other tips would you add to our list? Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom received a set of Kennywood tickets to help facilitate this blog post. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.