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Tips for Having a Safe and Healthy Trip with Your Kids to Knott's Soak City!

Nestled next to the thrilling Knott's Berry Farm, this water wonderland promises a sensational day of family fun. With a staggering 23 slides and a watery wonderland that includes the colossal 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay and the family-friendly raft adventure, The Wedge, there's no shortage of excitement for all ages!

But as you embark on your aquatic adventure, remember that safety is the name of the game. Here, we've got some expert tips to ensure your trip to Knott's Soak City is not just a splash, but a safe, healthy, and smooth sailing voyage for you and your little ones.

However, let's make sure the fun comes with a side of safety! Here are some invaluable tips to ensure your voyage to Knott's Soak City with your kids is a watery wonderland of safety, health, and seamless enjoyment.

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Decide on the rides

As a parent, you know your child best, and deciding which rides are a 'go' or a 'no-go' is all part of the adventure. While some kids may be ready to conquer the thrilling 39-foot Malibu Run or take the plunge down the towering 63-foot Old Man Falls, others might find even the shallow depths of the Fun House's water guns and sprayers a bit overwhelming, despite it being just 6 inches deep. In such cases, opt for a leisurely drift down the tranquil Sunset River, where the water gently glides at a soothing 2.5 feet deep. Whichever route you choose, the key is clear communication to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment.

Establish safety rules

While Knott's Soak City diligently enforces safety rules and maintains a vigilant staff, it's paramount to establish your own set of guidelines. Whether you're wrangling children or supervising teenagers, a quick safety reminder is never out of place at a water park. These can range from the basics like not sipping pool water to always sliding down feet-first and sticking together as a team. Additionally, designating a central meeting spot in case of separation is a smart move. While keeping a watchful eye on your kids is a must, agree on regular check-ins to ensure they're feeling fit to continue their aquatic adventures.

Photo Credit: @Knottsberryfarms on Instagram

Bring sun protection

Though the sun provides kids with much-needed vitamin D, overexposure can lead to long-term skin and eye damage. It's, therefore, crucial to prepare for sun protection against harmful UV rays. Every 2 hours, slather them with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen and Banana Boat Kids Mineral Lotion are both great for sensitive skin.

Children should also be wearing sunglasses that provide essential eye protection from UVA and UVB rays, reduce glare, and improve visual clarity when not in the water. Established brands like Oakley and Ray-Ban offer high-quality kids' sunglasses in classic styles, so kids can comfortably enjoy wearing them all day. By protecting your children from the sun, they can enjoy Knott's Soak City's numerous waterslides and adventures safely.

Stay hydrated

While your child may always seem wet in a waterpark, it's vital to remember that they're still losing fluids through sweating and heat exposure. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke can sneak up, even in a watery paradise like Knott's Soak City. Kids, caught up in the excitement, might not recognize their own thirst, so make regular water breaks a non-negotiable part of the day.

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Conveniently, the park offers drinking fountains near Portside Pizza and Refresh Stations to keep those water bottles full. Keep an eye on your little ones for signs of dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea during check-ins. If any of these symptoms appear, guide them to shade or a cooler spot. Remember, hydration isn't just about fluids but also a balanced diet. Offer meals and snacks throughout the day as they take breaks from the park's exhilarating attractions.

Knott's Soak City holds endless fun for kids. Before visiting, ensure you keep these safety and health tips in mind to enjoy your trip fully.


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