This is particularly a huge problem at PGA which is located in such a urban area, that thousands of Silicon Valley parents do indeed use the park as a cheap baby sitter. Thousands of unsupervised kids without parents to control them doesn't always make a enjoyable park visit for the rest of us.
Not all unsupervised kids behave badly and most do follow park rules, but seems like more and more, they are indeed getting worse and worse (see line jumping posting). And we've already had a few incidents just this year of unsupervised kids getting hurt or worse on rides, that probably could have been avoided if a parent had been present. Anyone else see something wrong with all this?
I agree that the older kids are old enough to be responsible for themselves, so that law does seem kinda wacky. But as far as leaving 11yr olds and younger waiting out for parents to pick them up at 10pm, just not right. My parents would have never allowed that, and if I ever did have kids, I'd never allow it either. I'd actually care enough about my kid to be sure not to leave them in a potentially dangerous situation, way too many psycho's running free out there, why make it any easier for them?
I think this is OK for 12 years old and older. They could get into a heck of a lot more trouble if they were left home alown with nothing to do. A park is a great place to keep them active and out of trouble with so many things to do. Any younger and I would say that they need to be with supervision.
A few of us were just talking about this at Kennywood the other day. I was asking someone why KW did not have season passes and a few people told me that the park did not want to be "babysitters". Whether it's true I have no idea.
Man, If I ever go to King's Island, its gonna be a day those 2 girls are there.
Oh, and I don't understand the big deal. I'm 14 and I know my way around Cedar Point better then my parents. We seperate all the time without cell phones. Amusement parks, as a whole, are probably safer than most malls or other popular teen hangouts. *** Edited 7/21/2004 1:08:54 AM UTC by Kyle Fobe***
Yea Kyle, if someone tries to grab a kid or something, there are hundreds of people around to stop it.
It's a safe place and there is a lot to do to keep them out of trouble. Like I said, it's not a good idea to leave the younger kids on their own, but a great idea for teens. Most kids pair up and do their own thing while their parents do something else in the park now. They meet up for lunch or supper or something else.
It's a tough call. Every themepark out there who's built a waterpark is obviously aware that they are trying to court the tween-teen market. And for the parent, I'm suring that dropping the kid off at the themepark/waterpark is no different to them then dropping them off at the pool or the mall. But, as many already know, many malls have rules against loitering because of groups of kids hanging out together. It doesn't make older people feel "safe".
11 years old is way too young to leave a child at an amusement park. I'm not even sure I would let my daughter go by herself at 15. But then again, I'll never have this problem because if my kid is going to a park, you can be darn sure I'm going too, LOL.
coasterqueenTRN said: A few of us were just talking about this at Kennywood the other day. I was asking someone why KW did not have season passes and a few people told me that the park did not want to be "babysitters". Whether it's true I have no idea.
I had heard this as well. I wondered why they didn't enstate an age limit on season passes.
I always see a bunch of unsupervised kids under the age of 12 at Great America (Gurnee) whenever I visit. At first I was somewhat shocked to see kids this young just wondering around, it didn't seem right, and I am just a teenager myself.
janfrederick said: Although I think the 11 year-olds should have some sort of adult supervision, if a 16-year-old can drive a car unsupervised...it's kinda wacky (unless the driving laws are different in Colorado)
Actually it is different for anyone under 18 to get a drivers license. My friends daughter is going through it right now, they have to have something like 140 hours behind the wheel before taking the test. A majority of the hours must be after dark. The alternate is to go through drivers ed which can be quite expensive. At first I was confused by the law, but in the past month there have been 6 teens in my town killed in auto accidents, all due to excessive speeding.
It wasn't unusual when we went to KW as kids that we were given a ticket book and let loose. However, our parents were in the park, at a predetermined location (picnic pavillion). When we ran out of tickets we went back to get another book. This ensured that we checked in frequently. I recall we were about 10 or 11 when we were allowed to do this. Before tthen one of our parents went with us to each ride.