Lost and Found
Keeping Track of Your Kids in Amusement Parks
By Michele Wojciechowski
Amusement parks are full of fun, but, let’s face it—they’re also full
of lots and lots of people. Even the most diligent parents could, in a few
short seconds, lose track of their child. Luckily, local parks have measures in
place not only to help you keep track of your children, but also to help find
quickly them if they do get separated from you.
“When I take my niece and nephew to Hershey Park, we always take a picture of
them together outside the park,” says Karen Zimmerman of Forest Hill. “This way
I know what they are wearing that day, and I have a recent photo.” Zimmerman
also tells her kids what to do in case they get separated. “I also explain to
the kids to look for someone who works at the park, and I show them what the
park name badge looks like.”
Here’s a brief look at the safety measures some of the local amusement parks
have in place.
Hershey Park, www.HersheyPark.com
Upon entering the park, parents can stop by Hospitality Services and get
their kids a wristband on which they can write their cell phone numbers and
contact information. That way, if a child does get lost, a park employee can
call the parents immediately. In the meantime, children can wait for their
parents in the Lost Child area at Gate 7.
If a child does get lost, the park will make Lost Child announcements over the
public address system and inform all of the security personnel.
Visitors to the park who suspect a child is lost can report their concerns to
any attendant or ride operator.
Six Flags America, Baltimore/Washington,
At Six Flags America, children get wristbands with contact information when
they are measured for the rides’ height requirements.
If a child does get lost, park staff escort them to the Lost Kid Room in the
First Aid Center. All staff take a required four-hour course on safety and how
to deal with lost children to help ease their fears until they are reunited
with their parents.
Dutch Wonderland, www.dutchwonderland.com
In addition to wristbands with contact information, this season Dutch
Wonderland is implementing the Kidspotter, a lightweight wristband and GPS
child-tracking system available to parents for a nominal rental fee of around
$5. Parents access it through an app on their Smartphone. Each has a unique pin
The park also has a Lost Parent program, in which staff are in constant
communication with security and the park team if they are approached by a lost
Kings Dominion, www.kingsdominion.com
Like the other parks, Kings Dominon has free wristbands for contact
information. It also has a Lost Parents area in Kidsville, where the kids get
food, drinks, TV, and activities to help keep them calm until the park locates their
Park security officers have Lost Child cards with them at all times. If a lost
child is reported, they can fill out a card with all pertinent information so
the child is more easily identified. Security is dispatched to where a child
was last seen or has been found and labeled a “lost child.”
© Baltimore’s Child Inc. July 2012