Like I said before, there's never been any accidents around here. I know there are plenty of horror stories out there, but I think the key to avoiding them is to do your homework-not just with the ride companies but with the rides themselves. If I ever thought something didn't look right, or I didn't trust the operator, I won't ride or let my kids ride.
What about you?
We're going to be going to the county fair I grew up attending and, if it's allowed, I plan on taking my 7mo on the carousel and ferris wheel.
Lore, mom to my sweet little boy, born at home 11/09, and my spunky little girl, born in the hospital 10/10
There are definitely rides I wont go on or ever let my kids go on. The Himalaya (or Flying Bobs-goes by many names) has a horrible accident history, and no Yo-Yo.
Our nearest Six Flags closed a few years ago And the second closest parks are Cedar Point and Kennywood. Hmm...maybe a day at Kennywood is in order
I have no problem with established rides at amusement parks and the smaller portable ones, personally. My oldest is tall for his age and has alredy been on several big coasters (he's not afraid of them at all!)
As long as he's tall enough and I feel he can handle the ride, he can go on it all he wants.
Candace, Married to dh , Mom to ds (8) , Gavin (9/30/10 - 12/19/10) and cautiously expecting our 4-29-12
And no inflatables ever.
Mama to Elsa Louise: 2/10, 13lbs 8 oz and Oscar Allen: 7/12, 13lbs 8 oz
So far, I don't have a problem letting my kids ride whatever they meet the requirements for. My son is still too little to go on anything, but my daughter went on some kiddie rides at a little fair here and had a blast in the bounce house at a Fourth of July event. And I'm really excited about talking them to the state fair this fall where we will definitely be riding some rides. When they get older and can ride the big rides, I might be a bit cautious at first, but after awhile they will be able to ride whatever they want.
If we wanted to go somewhere out of state, I would find out the state's regulations and park safety record first. I know some places have few if any regulations which is scary.
I will not ride anything that is collapsible.
(No kids yet, this is a decision I made for myself.)
Lovin' my sweetheart, pregnant with #1 (EDD Feb.2013)
she has been riding the rides, esp the county fair that comes every year since she was what 2. she has gone on those rides with her dad.
there have been accidents in the State of California.
but i kinda dont look at that. dd has been in rides even on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. she has even taken rides on local farmer's market rides.
the thought that these rides may be unsafe has never entered my mind.