We are SO excited for the season opening of Six Flags Great Adventure! We became season pass holders for the first time last year and found it to be well worth it! Whether you are a roller coaster enthusiast or just visiting with the family, There is so much to do for all ages. In addition, as season pass holders we get to visit the park at our convenience and take advantage of some other perks included in our membership. There are a number of things you should know before visiting the park with your kids, especially if you have young children like myself. These tips are definitely geared towards parents with smaller children but if you have older kids, you might find these useful as well!
There are three children’s areas at Six Flags Great Adventure ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and even elementary aged children. Those areas include Bugs Bunny National Park, Looney Tunes Seaport, and Safari Kids. Please be aware that your child might need ride on with an adult on some of the rides in the those areas. And now for what you came here for…
Tips for Visiting Six Flags Great Adventure with Your Kids!
Check the ride requirements.
Check the ride height requirements before visiting the park so you can plan out your experience. Checking height requirements also helps you avoid disappointing little ones who will not be able to get on certain rides. You can find attraction eight requirements here.
Visit the Ride Information Center for a height check.
Having your child’s height checked at the Ride Information Center ensures that your child will get on the rides he or she is tall enough for. This is a one-time only height check which means ride attendants won’t be measuring your child’s height at each ride. The Ride Information Center is located right next to My Six Flags Photo and the fountain. From our experience last season, Once your child’s height it checked they will receive a wrist band that can be presented to ride attendants. My little roller coaster enthusiast reached 44″ this past summer and this height check was a MUST for her to get on the rides she wanted like Skull mountain and even the Sky Screamer!
If visiting the park during the spring and summer seasons, make sure to bring Sunscreen! Lather up right before entering the park and make sure to reapply as needed. In addition, It might be a good idea to wear a sun hat. There are shady areas in the park but the better you protect yourself and your child from the sun, the less likely they are to get sunburn.
Takes turns going on rides.
This tip is meant for those of you who have young infants, toddlers and preschoolers. You will encounter rides where a parent is needed and in those cases, make sure to switch up whenever possible. Because we have an infant and a preschooler, My husband and I will take turns getting on rides with my daughter. With that being said…
Catch a show while you’re waiting for your family to get off a ride or check it out as a family! While one of us is on a ride with E, the other will typically watch a show with Aric. Show times are posted at each venue. At the end of the show there is a photo opp! E is really excited about This Magic Moment, a magic show that’s appropriate for all ages and can be seen at the Adventure Theater in the Safari Kids area of the park. You can find a list of live entertainment on the Six Flags Great Adventure Website!
Check ride wait times.
Most ride wait times are posted right outside of each ride.
Visit on a weekday.
Most young children are not very patient so waiting on ride lines can sometimes be an unpleasant experience. We’ve found that when visiting the park on a weekday (Monday thru Thursday, sometimes even a Friday) the ride lines are a lot shorter.
Although you are not allowed t bring beverages into the park, There are water fountains located near the restrooms. Water and other beverages are also sold around the park. If you are a season pass holder or plan to become one, I recommend purchasing an Unlimited Refills cup for your beverages. The initial cost is about $20 but if you are a season pass holder, it is totally worth it.
Bring a stroller.
Little feet will get tired so we make sure to bring our Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, That way Aric can sit in the front and E on the bench seat when she needs a rest from all that walking! Stroller rentals are available at the park as well.
Keep an eye out for special events!
Check out the calendar on the SFGA website to view their special events, concerts and annual events like Fright Fest and the newly added Holiday in the Park. We love going to Six Flags Great Adventure during Fright Fest and in the daytime, children are allowed to dress in costume. This past Fright Fest E was able to go trick-or-treating!
Branded souvenirs can be pricey so when it comes to souvenirs from the park, certain areas have super hero capes and things of that nature for under$10! E has a Wonder Woman cape that she keeps with her dress up clothes for pretend play. To make things a little more interesting for your kids, play a game where they can win a prize. Some prizes besides for the super hero capes include hats, balls, and more.
For more information on Six Flags Great Adventure, please visit their website!
What are your tips for visiting theme parks with young children?