The summer months are full of various small-town festivals and holiday events. Keep your family safe with these tips.
Time It Right
The timing of the festivities is sometimes a safety factor when taking kids to a summer festival. Check out the schedule of events to find a child-friendly time to go. Often in the evening these events turn more toward adult activities that might include alcohol. Your kids will likely have more fun during the day when kid-friendly activities are planned. You might also prefer less busy times so you don’t have to deal with the crowds.
Make a Plan
Before you venture into the festival area, set a meeting point that is easy to find. This is especially important if you have older kids who will walk around the festival on their own. Set a specific time and spot for a check-in. Even with younger kids, it’s a good idea to have a meeting spot in case you get separated.
Let your child know what you expect at the festival before you go. If she needs to stay with you the entire time, tell her that. If you will allow her to go into a certain area on her own, explain the boundaries.
It is also helpful to let your child know what you will and will not do. For example, if you don’t feel comfortable letting her ride on the carnival rides, let her know you won’t be doing that at the festival. If you’re only staying a certain amount of time, let your child know to reduce arguments when it’s time to leave.
Scope Out Help
When you arrive at the summer festival, assess the situation to figure out potential dangers and help. For example, if traffic isn’t blocked near the festival area, keep your child away from the cars. Scope out security guards or an information and first aid station in case your child gets hurt. Talk to your child about where she can get help if she gets lost.
Ultimately your child’s safety at a summer festival comes down to you. Stay alert at all times to identify potential dangers. Keep her close to you so you can ensure she is safe.