How To Keep Your Kids Safe in a Crowd

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How To Keep Your Kids Safe in a Crowd

When you head out as a family to a carnival or theme park, there is always that fear lingering in the back of your head.

What if my little one gets lost?

Parents never TRY to lose their children.  It happens.  You aren’t holding their hand for a split second, you blink, and they’ve wondered off toward something shiny.

Before you head out to that carnival or theme park, make sure you and your kids are prepared for the off chance that you may get separated.

Here are my 9 tips to keep your little ones safe in a big crowd!

  • Phone number bracelet

Grab a pack of color and number beads from a craft store and have some arts and crafts time with your kids.  Make a bracelet for your children with your cell phone number on it.

If they get lost, an employee has a way of getting into contact with you immediately.

Even if your child has your number memorized, don’t expect them to remember when they’re panicked about not being able to find you.

  • Phone number temporary tattoo

If your kid is known for losing bracelets or tags, write your cell phone number on their wrist and layer some second skin on top of it.  It won’t wash away when they wash their hands.

You can also write in permanent marker, sprinkle with baby powder, rub that in, then mist with hairspray.

  • Glow Necklace/article of clothing

Especially if you’re going to be in a crowd late at night, grab some glowing accessories, a crazy t-shirt, or light up shoes that will help them stand out to you.

  • Make a home base

When you get to your destination, pick a big landmark that can be seen from all over and tell your little one if they can’t find you to head to the home base.

This works well with older kids.  They can navigate their way to a big landmark without panicking.

  • No personal information on clothes or backpack

I am one of those people who come up with irrational fears.  Ever since the Jean Benet Ramsey incident and similar cases that happened in the 90s, I am constantly horrified about child abduction.

Seeing the decals on the back of cars with family information is terrifying to me.

You’re giving predators material on your children.  What their name is, how many brothers and sisters they have, what their pet’s names are, what sports they play, and what mom and dad’s names are.

There have been too many stories on the news about kids being convinced by a stranger that their parents sent him/her to pick them up.

The same goes for personal information on their clothes.

When you take a family trip to Disneyland, don’t plaster your child’s name on their chest.  Protect your little ones from their information being used against them.

  • Memorize me game

Before you head into the crowds, play a little memory game.  Have the kids cover their eyes and try to remember what you’re wearing. Ask them to describe your clothes and what you look like.

If an employee or helpful stranger is trying to help them find you, it will be fresh in their minds.

  • Hold hands

If you’re all about the leash backpacks or the linking bracelets, go for it.  If not, holding hands is such an easy way to keep your little ones close by.

Wear a backpack instead of bringing a purse so you have both hands free and put away your phone and other distractions.  Keep your eyes on your kiddos.

  • Take a picture

When you get to your destination, snap a picture. Not only will you be getting a snapshot for your memory books, you’ll have a photo of what your child currently looks like and what they’re wearing on that day.

If you are working with security or employees to find your little one, you have that picture to help them know exactly what they’re looking for.

  • Find a Mom

One of my biggest suggestions is to have your little one look for a mom instead of an employee.

In a scary situation, a kid won’t usually be able to pick out who works there and who doesn’t.  Even if they do, it can be intimidating for a kid to approach someone.

Finding a mom to help you is brilliant.  They can look for strollers and other kids.  Moms have their instincts, they know how scared both your child and you are, and know how to calm a child down.

A teenager who has just begun working at the venue you’re visiting may not have even been trained on how to handle this type of situation.

As a former Disney Cast Member, I can tell you that cast members ARE specifically trained on how to handle these situations, but other theme parks and venues don’t usually think to prepare their employees for this.


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51 Comments

    1. Thank you! It’s one of my worst nightmares, but I’d rather be prepared while I’m scared!
      Thank you for stopping by, Tracy!

  1. I just recently took my 5 year old grandson to a busy amusement park. For a couple weeks prior to the trip, I reminded him almost daily that from the time we entered the airport, he would always have one of our hands in his. This was not optional and he knew it. If he refused to obey in the airport, we would go right back home and forget about the trip….. safety is that important.
    I was very happy to see that he took it very seriously and obeyed the rule throughout the entire trip. If he saw something that interested him he would drag us to that thing never letting go of our hand. This was fine by me and far better than him getting distracted and getting lost or being alone even for a few minutes.
    I am now working with him on how to handle an emergency situation at home. We are working on remembering that you push 911 and give them your address-If he can’t remember the entire address, give them as much as you can remember.
    Thanks for providing us with very important ways to keep our young ones safe!

    1. Brilliant! I’m glad he took the rule seriously and I hope that made your stay at the park enjoyable!
      It is so important to instill emergency situation knowledge in kids!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Kim!

  2. These are brilliant. Everyone is scared of loosing their children and these tips are brilliant. We always used to have a home base as kids too. It’s so useful. As is telling them to look for s Mum. That’s great advice. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    1. Thank you so much! It is so easy to get wrapped up in preparing for a big vacation and forget to go over the important things that can be make a huge difference in how your kids handle themselves in an emergency situation.
      Thank you for sopping by!

  3. The memory game is such a good idea! In our local big shopping centre they have bear signs on all of the shops that are designated ‘lost’ places. If you speak to anybody who works in the shop then they help kids to find their parents again. Quite a nice idea and helps the kids to identify a safe place. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. What a wonderful shopping centre! I wish more places would become more family friendly in this manner!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Kelly!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you got your little Tubblet back so quickly but I cannot imagine what was going through your head at the time!

  4. That is great advice. I usually hold onto Cygnet’s hand with a cast iron grip which annoys him a bit. Your tips of writing your phone number on their hand and taking a photo of them when you arrive are such good ideas. Thank you! Pen x
    #blogstravaganza

    1. Yes, little ones get over the mom squeeze pretty quickly! Anything we can do to keep them safe!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Pen!

    1. With curious little ones who are slippery and fast, you can never be too careful!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. These are fab tips! My girls are older, so we use the “find a landmark to meet at” rule, though we’ve never been separated at that extent yet! I also love the “Find a Mom” trick. There are always TONS of those around. I know if a kid came to me lost I would do everything I could to help them out!
    ~Jess
    #StayClassyMama

    1. Yes! As a mom, I would much rather find my little one with another mom who is taking care of them rather than a teenager who has no idea what they’re doing!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Jessica!

  6. These are great tips. I hate going out when there are crowds but then there are times when we don’t really have a choice. It scares me that I can lose my kids. Thanks for sharing #stayclassymama

    1. Don’t we all! Hope the tips put everyone at ease and keep everyone safe!
      Thanks for stopping by, Noleen!

  7. It is my worst nightmare to lose my daughter in a crowd so I really enjoyed these tips thank you! Especially the memory game and idea to where something that glows. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this ! x

    1. Glad you could stop by, Talya! I think it’s every mom’s worst nightmare, so the best thing you can do is have everyone prepared for the worst case scenario!

    1. One of my biggest fears in life! So any additional security I can have is essential!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. I like the Memorize me game & Find a Mom game. I think this is genius! I’d have never thought of that, and it is very simple! Thank you so much! This is very helpful.

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    1. These are all such simple things to add into your routine before you head into a crowd and it will give everyone at least a little relief knowing that you’re all prepared!
      Thanks for stopping by, Su!

    1. I think all moms share this fear. Of course we want to prevent it from ever happening, but it is so important to be prepared if it does!
      Thank you so much for stopping by from Stay Classy Mama!

    1. It is a fun little craft that can make a huge difference in a scary situation.
      Thank you so much or stopping by, Helena!

  9. This is my BIGGEST fear, such brilliant tips and it should be something every parent should read. I also read that if you did lose them to shout ‘a little girl aged seven wearing xxx’ rather than ‘Where’s xxx (name)’ as people can don’t know what your child looks like. #thursdayteam

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! That’s a clever idea! I don’t know what I would find myself doing if it actually happened and I was in a panic state!
      Thank you for stopping by from ThursdayTeam!

    1. Yes! I hope no one ever needs them, but I’m glad to help anyone who ever may!
      Thank you for stopping by, Lisa!

  10. OMG this is one of those terrifying but helpful blogs. I love it. This is something i had never considered and the idea of my DD getting lost is terrifying but at least now i have some great ideas to put into place from an early age. Thank you so much #Blog Crush

    1. The idea of it is definitely terrifying, but the best thing we can do is prepare ourselves and our children for the worst but hope for the best!
      Thank you for stopping by!

    1. A few small additions to the getting ready routine can make a huge difference in a scary situation! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  11. Some fantastic tips here , It’s so scary kids and crowds.This is my biggest fear, such brilliant tips and it should be something every parent should read.. I especially like the phone number bracelet and having them. practicing remembering. Thanks for the sharing such kind of useful ideas.

    1. Thank you so much! It is my biggest fear as well and I hope I can help as many parents as possible be prepared!
      Thank you for stopping by, Trisha!

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