|Happy Days Out For
The Whole Family
by Heywood Hall
A day out with the family always seems like a great idea
- until you discover that everyone has different ideas about
where they'd like to go and what they want to do. Particularly
true in families that have children across a wide age range,
it makes it difficult to find something that pleases everyone.
Traditionally, theme parks have been the preserve of older
children and thrill-seeking adults, but these parks, especially
those in Europe, have followed the USA's model of providing
a range of rides and activities that suit all ages.
Just because you're an adult it doesn't necessarily follow
that you love thrill rides. Those who do can happily spend
all day queuing for roller coasters and water rides, always
on the lookout for the scariest experience or the most extreme
ride. Others may prefer more sedate boat rides, scenic walks
or sophisticated shopping. A park that can cater for the less
adventurous parents and grandparents will often manage to
lure the whole family through the gates.
The majority of teenagers love rides; and the faster, scarier
and more daredevil the better. Teens can usually be allowed
to roam the park without adult supervision, just meeting up
for lunch or for a family ride. The enclosed environment of
the park, together with modern safety measures and the convenience
of mobile phones mean that teenagers can have their independence
and parents can relax.
3. Younger children
Extreme rides have height, and health warnings allow parents
to decide what sorts of rides are suitable for younger children.
Whilst some kids want to experience the bigger rides, others
are happier with theatre shows, low-thrill rides and other
A theme park that can cater for the whole family offers value
for money as well as a great day out. It allows parents to
share experiences with their kids, it gives teenagers the
independence they need, and it gives everyone something to
talk about on the journey home. A good theme park indulges
all the senses and usually leaves you wanting more - so why
not go back again tomorrow?
About the Author
Heywood Hall specialises in accommodation for visitors to
Alton Towers, the UK's largest family theme park. Visit their
website at Hotel Near Alton Towers.