Should Preschoolers Ride Roller Coasters?
How young is too young for wild rides at amusement parks? Take a peek at the look on my kids' faces in this photo snapped over the weekend at a local amusement park geared for preschool aged children and young families.
The kids are riding what I'd categorize as a "mild to moderate" log flume ride but yes..... they look terrified don't they?
Honestly, this ride is a "kiddie" log flume ride. I'm terrified myself of all wild rides and you couldn't pay me to ride most big rollercoasters so this truly was a mild log flume ride.
The good news is that my kids, aged 3 and 5, look far more terrified than they actually were as there were zero tears shed and overall they seemed to love it. One small hill they loved and then one almost big hill, that ended as soon as your stomach was about to drop, where this photo was flashed. But my gosh aren't my kids looking petrified???
5 year old Kenzie even rode this again later in the day and enjoyed it - no tears, but yes lots of screaming down the one bigger hill. 3 year old Kyle did take a pass on the second chance to ride the log flume, so we'll see if he wants to do it on our next trip... from the look on his face, even though he was brave, I'm thinking he'll pass again!
Do you encourage your kids to ride wild rides? I've seen families at parks encouraging their kids to do it - even when the kids are crying. I feel bad for the kids, but I do kind of get it. But wonder if it is causing more harm then good to the kids. But, I myself even feel the urge to encourage my oldest daughter to be brave and ride when I think she can handle it - as that means Mama gets to go for a fabulous amusment park ride again!