Graduating to New Heights
Kids are always wanting to grow up. Being able to ride higher-level thrill rides is no exception. What do you do when your child goes from 48" bracelet to a 52" bracelet? You celebrate! Here is a list of a few ways you can celebrate this exciting time.
When children get measured and get the next color level, it opens up doors for them and shows they are growing up.
Make it an event
First when this day comes, go ahead and get excited. I always show my children that I am thrilled for them to be getting a different color. I research what rides they can now get on. Maps of the park list the height requirement, so it should be easy to see the new options. I take the map and invite them chose which ones they want to conquer. If we have a map at home, we can anticipate the transition by circle each new ride with a thick magic marker.
Remember: Do not push your child to riding something they don’t feel comfortable with, it can lead into them being a afraid of it for a long time. When they are ready, they will be excited about it.
Notes from Mike - You could also celebrate by:
- Letting them pick where you'll eat dinner.
- Getting ice cream or a special candy treat.
- Waiting the extra time to ride in the front seat for a special experience on a new ride they've been eager to ride.
If your child is literally a hair too short, it wouldn’t hurt to boost up the height a little with some toilet paper in their shoes or foam insoles. Some kids wear cowboy boots for that extra boost. If you push it too far, some ride operators may ask them to remove the shoes if it is obvious. If you pay attention, some ride operators may be more strict than others, especially for spotting these small artificial tweaks.
I got lucky, back when King Cobra was in operation at Kings Island, platform shoes were in style and I was able to ride one year earlier because of those shoes.
When it comes to the celebration of the new achieved height some amusement parks offer ID cards with the child’s height on it. There is a good and bad side to these cards. The good, is you can show the card without having to get measured each visit. They will get the band that is on the card. The bad side of the card, if your child grows during the season you will have to purchase a new one. Last check they were about $12-15. Or you can just have them measured each time you go. I buy IDs for my kids each year, but that is more so for memories.
Also if your children are picky eaters, like mine, use their height to your advantage. I tell my kids if they want to ride the bigger roller coasters they have to eat more of their food.
Notes from Mike - Your height can vary during the day. You’re taller in the morning and then your spine compresses as you walk around. It is more obvious in taller people, but it is in your interest to get an official measurement with a bracelet or ID card as early in the day as possible.
If your child changes shoes or hairstyle, they might not make the same height requirement on a different day. That could be frustrating.
» What do you do to celebrate? Does your family have a special way of recognizing when your kids grows to the next level? Let us know in the comments below!
Illustration credit: Mike Kunze