With more than 300 million people visiting theme parks each year, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd [source: Gay]. The first rule of safety is: Don't leave your kids alone. Stay with them in restrooms, restaurants and through the ride lines, even if you don't plan to ride yourself. Once you see your child safely strapped into the vehicle, move to the exit point and wait. Here, you can intercept your child -- and hear all about the ride -- as soon as it's over.
Be prepared in case you do become separated. Before you enter the theme park, go over the map and decide on a meeting place. Make sure that everyone -- adults and kids -- knows the name of the emergency meeting location. Point out uniformed theme park employees who can help children find the reunion point, but remind them not to talk to any other strangers.